“Overall A Gud Job Perform”
“'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth' Should Not Be Seen As A Remake, Too Much Has Been Altered To The Original Source. These Changes Make The Film Feel Fresh And Enjoyable Throughout However.”
“We're Still Falling !!!!!!”
“"Brenden Has Not Grown UP, And Here He Is More Than Ever IN Youre Face, For Sadly This Terribly Bland Film Is In 3D"”
“"We're Still Falling!!!"”
“An Enjoyable Romp.”
“I Got Dibs ,your 13 , So”
“Awesome 3-d Movie”
“Fun For The Kids”
“A Fun Journey”
“A Fun Movie That Is Twice As Fun In 3-D.”
“A Journey Worth Taking!”
“A GOOD, FUN FILM FOR THE FAMILY,... BUT NOT FOR THE EYES.”
“A Roller Coaster Ride!”
Wandering around the earth's stalactite-dripped core exerts a primal appeal even in a dumb kiddie joyride like this one.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
If Journey to the Center of the Earth is not a ride, then what is it? One thing it may not be, quite, is a movie.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Flat and predictable, though the visuals are often striking.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Journey to the Center of the Earth is terrific family entertainment, an action comedy on a par with Night at the Museum and National Treasure.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
The gimmickry can't lift the boats of a threadbare storyline. What the proselytizers and the investors forget is that if the characters and emotions aren't three-dimensional, the rest of the movie will always look flat.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Episodes of Land of the Lost were more inspired.
Robert Wilonsky - Village Voice
The cast hits the right notes.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Perfectly charming as well as predictably eye-popping.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
It would be barely passable under normal circumstances, but in 3-D it's a circus of excellent FX.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Most of the movie, directed by Eric Brevig, is as daft, outlandish, and speedy as it needs to be, and, for all its newfangled effects, touchingly old-fashioned in its reverence for the Jules Verne novel that inspired it.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
This is a fairly bad movie, and yet at the same time maybe about as good as it could be.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
I can't tell you how this film looks in 2-D, which is how the majority of the nation's customers will partake of it. I saw it in 3-D. I liked it. It's dopey, but I liked it.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Eric Brevig, making his feature directing debut after a long career as a visual effects supervisor, lurches from one CG set piece to the next, though he's helped along by Fraser's easy comic touch.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Clean, lightweight escapism with a top-notch gimmick.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
That dinosaur looks like it's popping off the screen! Cool!
Adam Graham - Detroit News
The real star here is the pair of 3-D glasses you're handed when you walk into the theater. With them, Journey is a kick (if not much more).
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Probably has the highest screams-per-capita ratio in the history of action-adventure pics, and a better thrill-per-minute deal than most.
John Anderson - Variety
Unusual for this genre, the script doesn't insult the audience's intelligence, and it mercifully soft-pedals its message about the virtues of reading.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's old-fashioned family-friendly B-movie cheese, served up in this Brendan Fraser/Jules Verne action epic for kids.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
If 3D is indeed the future of movies, we're going to need something more substantial than Journey to the Center of the Earth to convince us.
Philip Marchand - Toronto Star
Cole Haddon - Film.com
A virtual theme-park simulation and possibly a milestone of immersive entertainment.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
A movie that's faithful to an idea, and to a sense of adventure, more than to a specific work.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
In generating what amounts to a 90-minute theme park ride, the filmmakers lost track of the need to tell a compelling story to supplement the eye candy.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
With crisp images and depth that makes you feel you could reach out and stick your hand into the middle of the action, the movie projected in digital 3-D form actually makes that theme-park ride kind of fun.
David Germain - Associated Press
If, at this moment, the child next to you grabs your arm and hollers "Duck!", the movie will have been worth the ticket price.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
I don't know if 3-D could improve all movies (nothing could make The Love Guru funny) but it sure works here.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Stephen Garrett - Time Out
Dean Essner - Digital Spy
Brendan Fraser's physical dexterity and comic timing are laid out in good order here, and "Journey" is pretty much a Frasermobile. Without him, it just doesn't go anywhere.
Burl Burlingame - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Journey relentlessly dishes out the action and offers the bespectacled audience plenty of goopy, grabby 3-D jolts, but it all resembles a run of the mill video game. Brevig can't shake the material loose from its unbridled artificiality."
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Whilst 3D glasses might mask this lapse of originality by putting it all in your face, from a standard visual plane, the creative potential of Verne's novel appears to be inexcusably wasted.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Overall, everyone involved does well, but no one besides the 3D is doing much to drop your jaw.
Cole Abaius - Film School Rejects
...rather juvenile...with many of its shots intended more to show off the 3-D process than to further its story line.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Brendan Fraser's playful force of personality rules, 3D or no 3D, one of the few funny guys who could grab attention away from a dinosaur in assault mode, in the center of the earth or anywhere else on the planet.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
The movie proves the perfect showcase for 3D. I can't say that it does the same for Fraser.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
It's all good clean fun: a rattling good yarn, in fact, with mostly nicely modulated performances from Fraser, Hutcherson and Bream, emphasising confidence, growth, solidarity and self-reliance.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
The utopian ecosystem setting - dominated by lush rainforests and vast oceans - is magnificent to gawk at, and the 3D cinematography makes fine use of the prehistoric wildlife and unexplained phenomena.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Poor Brendan Fraser, he must have known he had nothing to work with here, he looks as if he's sleepwalking through the role, not a career highlight for him.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Brevig does a barely competent job of imitating the Indiana Jones movies, and seems more hindered than helped by his chosen format...
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
It's all curiously uninvolving, and it's only Fraser's goofy grin and slapstick physicality that hold any character interest whatsoever.
Jarrod Walker - FILMINK (Australia)
Fraser salvages his reputation as a solid, matinee-style action hero in this family-oriented fantasy.
Vicky Roach - Daily Telegraph (Australia)
As harmlessly entertaining as it is, this journey is a few screams and gasps short of a real 3D thrill ride.
Shannon J. Harvey - Sunday Times (Australia)
Giant fossilised mushrooms, flying fish with massive teeth, glowing bluebirds, a rollercoaster ride on an underground mine railway and magnetic floating rocks are some of the ingredients of this 3D adventure take on Jules Verne's classic sci-fi novel . .
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
The stars here are the novelties of 3D, which certainly make it fun %u2013 just a tad repetitive for anyone over 25, I suspect
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
If you can turn off your mind, and I know that is pretty easy for most of us, then you'll get a kick out of this 3D journey.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
In 2-D, Journey to the Center of the Earth would be okay, I guess, but you'd be more apt to notice the cardboard characters, or the thin plotting, or the way each grave danger seems to be easily solved. In 3-D, however, it's a complete blast.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Colourful good fun on the big screen, especially in 3D. Although only kids will fall for the bloodless violence and corny plot points.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
This flick is strictly kids' stuff, but with the 3D enticement, it makes for an enjoyable, lightweight good time.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
These filmmakers understand why audiences have put on the 3D glasses, and they offer up visual trick after visual trick in hopes of keeping the viewers wowed.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
As it is with alot of gimmick movies, there is just not enough material to even sustain 90 minutes.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
There's no doubt about it: The 3-D special effects steal the show from the human performers in 'Journey to the Center of the Earth,' a family film that's a fun adventure.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
If you plan to see this movie at all, see it at a 3D engagement, because the spectacular computer-generated imagery - as often as not flying out of the screen and into your face - is the only reason for the price of admission.
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
If it's 3D, it's fun. Without the glasses, it sucks hard.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
A perfect Saturday matinee movie.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
Fun as thrill ride, but surprisingly poor as film.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A pleasantly cast mediocrity that scores slightly higher marks in its 3-D incarnation.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
I don't know if this movie would be nearly as good when seen in regular old 2D. In 3D, it is a good roller coaster ride.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
As for Fraser's overacting, he's such a ham that his eyes pop out of the screen even more menacingly than those sharp dinosaur choppers.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
a theme park metaphor is particularly apt in describing this movie because it plays like the 3-D attractions you can find over at Sea World. It's exciting, funny, not too scary and quite short%u2014young kids will absolutely love it.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
This 'Journey' appears to take place in an amusement park.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Isn't the worst film in theaters, nor will it manage to be the worst film all year...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The first summer movie that is both: a) truly comparable to a roller coaster ride; and b) significantly worse than a roller coaster ride.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Without the 3-D effects it is a rather ordinary movie
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
To echo the vernacular of today's young people, it is awesome.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
...the 3-D version of the film is good, dumb fun. In standard 2-D, I imagine, it would just be dumb, and much less fun
Kurt Loder - MTV
Obviously aimed at kids, but it's an enjoyable romp.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Formulaic but exciting family action-adventurer.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Aggressively bland, a display of X-treme mildness, a cinematic saltine.
Kyle Smith - KyleSmithOnline.com
Comete o pecado de desperdicar o livro de um dos pais da ficcao cientifica ao julgar, equivocada e ironicamente, que este nao deveria ter muita importancia diante do brilho fugaz da tecnologia.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Many have described Journey as a 3D film dumbed down to a theme park attraction. However, its visual splendor would have left Walt Disney weeping and Sergei Eisenstein preaching of cinema's second coming.
Matthew Sorrento - Film Threat
Journey to the Center of the Earth isn't so much an adaptation of the book but a very weak narrative film that uses action sequences from the book to make for cool, 3-D effects.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
Grown-ups may suspect that for all the techical virtuosity, the story is just a bit thin and bare.
Victor Olliver - Teletext
If you're under eight and never saw "Land of the Lost" on TV, maybe...
David Poland - Movie City Geek
Even without 3D at the screening I attended, some scenes in 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' caused audience members to squeal with excitement.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The 3D fluff will certainly provide an ooh- & aah-worthy babysitter for the small fries, but I wish there had been a cleverer script that would have allowed junior's mum and dad to enjoy it just as much.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Seems more like a theme-park ride than a movie.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Simplistic as can be with its cliched squabbling-family dynamics offering little more than a hook for the 3-D technicians to hang their hats on. But for most audiences, this one included, that was plenty.
Chris Kaltenbach - Baltimore Sun
As a 3-D film, Journey to the Center of the Earth is a feast for the eyes that you won't want to miss, but in 2-D, I can only confidently guess that it is just another run-of-the-mill action adventure tale.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
I was full of constant wonder, as if I was a kid again.
Christopher Campbell - Cinematical
Its 3D effects aside, this latest big-screen adaptation of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth unreels like a Hollywood adventure film made many decades ago.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
The movie's manic, superficial energy [is] easy to enjoy.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
It's as if the filmmakers added the 3-D element because they knew the movie would be too boring to be released without it.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
This fun-size popcorn movie packs enough adventure and humor into every bite to please the whole fam. Just be sure to catch it in 3-D.
Matt Stevens - E! Online
Director Eric Brevig knows he's not really shooting a Jules Verne mind-blower; this is pure blockbuster, and it's a fine specimen.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
Journey may be an utterly weightless movie, but in the end it floats rather nicely.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
In your face. In more ways than one. That's the twist -- and the appeal -- of Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
It's mostly for videogame fans who wish movies were more like videogames.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Fraser does his Mummy best to save us from the true disaster--the script.
Tim Basham - Paste Magazine
A popcorn movie that delivers precisely what it promises. The dialogue is tepid and the outcome is preordained, but it moves at the brisk pace of a carnival ride, leaving you breathless and ready for another spin.
Mike Pearson - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Journey shows that Brevig knows exactly what visual effects can do -- and more important, what they can't.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
It has a just-rebellious-enough kid, just-goofy-enough hero, a cute competent heroine and plenty of bumper-car chase scenes and house-of-shocks surprises.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D is a great film to take the kids to, or if you're a fan of 3D - otherwise don't bother.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
The absence of star charisma in Journey denies the audience some focus in a movie that keeps changing backdrops and is ultimately no more than the sum of its wild-eyed parts.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
One worth your time if you can see it the way it was intended to be viewed by audiences (with stuff flying off the screen at your head!)
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
It's inoffensive and shiny and competent and kids will dig it, and I can already barely remember a single thing that happened.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
Brendan Fraser is stuck inside Journey to the Center of the Earth, a movie with precious little new to say about journeys, centers, or -- amazingly -- action.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Plot, dialogue and acting are buried beneath a visual barrage that may stimulate children but dizzy adults.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Journey to the Center of the Earth isn't playing in 3-D in every theater, but that's the only way to see it. Even then you have to wait until the last half-hour for the good stuff.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Light as a feather, but never boring, Journey 3-D, brought me back just a little to my days as a youth watching adventures and for 90 minutes it was a welcome spelunk.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
...a fun amusement part ride that may actually get some young moviegoers to read the Jules Verne novel that inspired it.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
As it chugs along like a novice marathon runner aware of its inability to win the race, Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D does nothing to dissuade us from its earnest need to entertain.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
My Dinner With Andre and The English Patient need 3D treatment. They may be classics, but if 3D can get me to jump, duck and chuckle like a 5-year-old with clown glasses on through a mediocre film like this, maybe it's time to branch out.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
In 3D, it's a knockout -- you'll think you've experienced the greatest tooth-brushing scene in movie history.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Much of Journey plays like a thinner version of an Indiana Jones movie a" a series not noted for its stoutness to begin with.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
The storytelling is still stuck in the 1950s, but the modern 3-D technology is pretty impressive at times in this family adventure.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
The screenwriters seem to have dedicated far more time to trying to shoehorn in as many gags involving things flying off the screen than into trying to come up with an interesting story in which to frame them.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
At times, Journey has an enjoyably stupid feel. At other times, it's simply stupid. But it does have one thing going for it: being released in 3D in many theaters.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
This dumbed-down spin on Jules Verne's classic adventure tale was devised as a kid-friendly roller-coaster ride, and it delivers the goods. Whether anyone over the age of eight wants the goods is another matter altogether.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It's harmless fun, and it makes for an often impressive display of the latest generation of computer-wizardry.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A diverting if shallow entertainment, not to mention a glimpse of things to come.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
A non-movie that whisks its premise by you with a perfunctoriness that suggests you've been standing in line with cranky kids for an hour in the hot Florida sun, so let's get to it. Even in the era of short attention spans, it is slight.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
A perfectly good way for a family to spend a Saturday afternoon, particularly if that family has a lot of 8-to-12-year-old boys.
Eric D. Snider - Cinematical
The last time I saw a 3-D movie in a movie theater I got the glasses from a cereal box. Suffice it to say, the technology has advanced a bit, and the filmmakers use it to impressive effect.
Cathy Jakicic - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Director Eric Brevig (a special-effects whiz who helped create Disneyland's Captain EO) overuses the 3-D gimmick. A yo-yo bit is repeated so many times it's annoying.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
An entertaining family film in 3D about adventures in a strange and wondrous world.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Like its early predecessors, it's a nominally fun trip, but it's tissue-thin and instantly forgettable.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Even without the 3-D, it's a fast-moving, old-fashioned boys' adventure romp, built for short attention spans and maximum popcorn consumption.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Instead of collapsing under thunderous CGI and fart jokes, Brevig crafts a delightfully retro entertainment, light and funny and summery.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Awesome, a dinosaur drooled on me!
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
For a movie that must create a whole new world, there's no sense of or wonderment.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
actually equals this summer's Indiana Jones sequel on the assembly line of escalating dangers.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
If I were ten I'd go see this again and again and again
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Make sure to catch this latest iteration of the Jules Verne novel on a screen projecting it in 3-D format because without all the fun visual effects of stuff 'comin' right at ya,' this journey's center will not hold.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Briskly paced but soulless where it counts, the film acts as empty spectacle that, when it all comes down to it, isn't particularly spectacular.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
If someone's got to Roman shower the audience with spit, dribble, and Colgate, let it be [Fraser].
Keith Uhlich - UGO
...if you are really looking for an entertaining film version of the Verne classic, get hold of a copy of the 1959 JttCotE.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Meant as a non-stop roller-coaster ride, it mistakes spectacle for energy, fancy effects for wonder, and a lazy meta-plot for a clever update of a classic.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Part thrill ride, part video game, part virtual reality, it is a lively and satisfying update of a good old-fashioned Saturday afternoon serial adventure saga.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
The young lads in your family will thank you for taking them, but I'm not sure about anyone else.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
If you can get past the first 20 minutes of the film and turn off all criticisms of bad acting and awful cliches, then you will enjoy this special effects filled adventure.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
This is an old-fashioned movie with wonderful 3-D effects so full of fun that I came out with a broad smile on my face.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
If you can imagine the thrill of a Disney World ride with all its leaps, bounds, twists, turns and runaway dinosaurs, you've got a good sense of the wonder and excitement that awaits you with the surprisingly entertaining flick.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Special effects have come a long way since Jurassic Park, but you wouldn't know it from Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
The story is slight and predictable, the character development pretty much nonexistent, and though the effects are generally solid, without 3-D the movie would be pointless.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
[H]as no pretensions to being anything other than a theme park ride...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
There is a fundamental reason why 3-D technology doesn't work...
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
If you can't afford a vacation to your favorite theme park, this 3-D-extravaganza is the next best thing.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
[Not] the worst way to kill a few hours. Just think of it more as an E-Ticket attraction and less as an actual movie.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
The effects are amazing.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
A well-made, high-spirited movie that (rare indeed) never takes itself too seriously... a perfect summer escape.
Rex Roberts - Film Journal International
The comin'-at-ya effects are certainly state of the art ... but any hopes that the film might blaze new trails are squashed the first time someone picks up a paddleball. Kids should lap it up; for anyone else, Dramamine is advised.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Cheesy good fun for the family, but seeing in 3-D is essential.
Jeff Otto - ReelzChannel.com
While the actual meat of the film features at least one spectacular sequence involving a chasm and floating magnetic rocks, the rest is marred by badly conceived 3-D effects.
Mark Peikert - New York Press
Three dimensions are one too many for this flat tale of geological grandiosity.
Stephen Garrett - Time Out New York
This cheeky combination of updating and spoof makes for an agreeable amusement-park ride of a movie...all the more striking by being presented in very effective 3-D.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
1-D characters get the 3-D treatment in a reasonably funny and exciting update of Jules Verne's classic.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Don't settle for 2-D - choose a theater with 3-D - and then hang on for an awesome, astonishing, eye-popping ride into another world!
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
A breathtaking adaptation of Jules Verne's classic sci-fi novel, filled with eye-pleasing gags and sudden shocks of surprise that fall under the spell of strong performances from its terrific three-person cast.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Audiences' connection to this gimmicky mistranslation of a sci-fi classic is likely to be spotty.
Chad Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
As a 2-D movie, or inevitable DVD, it probably fails. As a 3-D experience, though, it rocks.
Luke Y. Thompson - L.A. Weekly
It's just a lot of fun.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Brendan Fraser, one of few actors who doesn't condescend to light material or fears to be outmatched by it, is likable in this reimagining of Verne's classic, which is minimal in characters (only 3) and story but takes full advantage of the 3D format.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D feels like a visit to Frontierland, with boat rides, mine carts, and one heck of a log flume.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com