Spielberg's wizardry is gone, and his balletic light touch as well, and that gives too much of this 90-minute movie over to the duller-than-dull characters.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
All it wants to do is scare a smile onto your face, and it often succeeds.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
This great dinosaur of a movie is shambling towards well-merited extinction.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
A lot of stagnant storytelling trapped underneath prehistoric footprints.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
The story's tired, as are the main characters.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
What makes it worth sitting through is the chance it offers to catch up on the technical advances since the last installment.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
Drama is minimal and character nonexistent.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
It's disappointing that the competent, toned-down, mildly exciting third installment, Jurassic Park III, is little more than a re-rehash of the first movie and much of the second.
Louis B. Parks - Houston Chronicle
The lack of empathetic characters seems more a filmmaking deficiency than some grand cinematic plan. The viewer definitely leaves the movie feeling unsatisfied.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Bad news is the only news in Jurassic Park III.
John Leonard - New York Magazine
Not as awe-inspiring as the first film or as elaborate as the second, but in its own B-movie way, it's a nice little thrill machine.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Dinosaurs rule movie but flimsy screenplay undercuts intense action.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Has to be the sorriest excuse for a reprise since Highlander -- The Final Dimension.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
The third time around is at least one time too many.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
An all-action, helter-skelter, don't-forget-to-buy-the-computer-game ride that makes the two previous installments look like models of classic filmmaking.
Derek Elley - Variety
With the exception of some startlingly real and impressive dinosaur effects, its only virtue is brevity, running as it does a mere 92 minutes.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
The dialogue is weak and the science has gone from incredulous to silly.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
A movie in which little else happens except people get chased, terrified and generally bullied by prehistoric creatures.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
If there's one thing certain in this new instalment of Jurassic Park, it's that the critters are a whole lot smarter, faster and interesting than the Homo sapiens dropping in on them.
Kevin Courrier - Globe and Mail
Captures some of the wonder from the first picture.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Relatively speaking, Jurassic Park III is a disappointment of behemoth proportions.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
As always, the technical credits are not only outstanding but the whole reason for the film to exist.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Too bad the script doesn't extend the same courtesy to the actors, who are saddled with dialogue neither man nor beast could respond to.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
It's a tribute to the action skills of director Joe Johnston (Jumanji is the relevant credit) that this film is as brisk and involving as it is.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
For kids who can handle nonstop action, it's good scary fun.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
An efficient and surprisingly palatable finale to the Jurassic franchise.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
Spectacular but not scary or thrilling.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Mr. Johnston keeps the action and one-liners coming and, before you know it, it's over.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Much darker than the previous films, this third installment feels more like a horror flick set in amusement park than a good sci-fi adventure, though special effects, due to technology advances, are more sophisticated.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
As sequencias de acao sao boas, mas nao o bastante para que ignoremos a fragilidade do roteiro, com seus pessimos dialogos e os personagens esquematicos.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
True, the film offers little new, but it's still stirring family entertainment...
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
It might as well be the crappy pilot for a Jurassic Park TV series or a feature version of Sid and Marty Krofft's Land of the Lost.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
Jurassic Park III is a blunder.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
It's not art ... it's entertainment, and it knows it. Boy, does it entertain.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
If you're looking for a tight script, interesting three-dimensional characters and something new with this movie, you will be disappointed.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
For a sequel with a Roman numeral in the title, Jurassic Park III is more entertaining than expected.
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Milking a Brontosaurus would be easier than milking this franchise any more . . . This pointless sequel is a tepid end (if there is a God) to the series
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
People who go to see Jurassic Park III are not there for character development, they want cool-looking dinosaurs, and that they will get in spades.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
The Jurassic movies have by now palpably entered the plane of baldly profit-hunting, unpretentious entertainment...
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
The film never really decides what the central drive is going to be.
David Poland - Hot Button
Returning to Jurassic Park a second time wasn't the most fruitful journey ... it's no surprise that the third trip back to the dinosaur-ridden island borders on the offensive.
Rachel Deahl - Baltimore City Paper
It's not brilliant, it's rather predictable, but it's ok; it bowls along nicely and it does make you jump. What more can you ask of dinosaurs?
Diana De Cabarrus - ViewLondon
Jurassic Park III has dinosaurs to burn. Literally.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
For those who vehemently debate whether a Spinosaurus can outfight a T-Rex, this movie will comfortably pass your time -- or devour it.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
JP3 is not as intricate or as new as the original, nor as howlingly elaborate as the sequel, but in its own formulaic way, it's a nice little thrill ride that achieves what it's designed for.
Shannon J. Harvey - Urban Cinefile
A fun-filled afternoon of dinotastic monstrosities and jump out of the bushes thrills.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Those dreaded Raptors are back with a vengeance in Jurassic Park III. More bad news -- they've brought along even more deadly friends.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Stacie Hougland - Hollywood.com
Requires little brain-power to contemplate its almost non-existent plot; instead, it tries to sustain audiences with one dinosaur chase after another.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
With "Jurassic Park III" Johnston inherits the series one film too late. There are only so many ways a dinosaur can chase people through a jungle.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
When signing on to a movie like this, an actor might want to paraphrase Spencer Tracy's famous advice: Learn your lines and try not to bump into the special effects.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
No lawyers getting eaten, no white-knuckle tension and nothing shocking. A bit of a disappointment.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Jurassic Park 3 is so fast-paced that it seems like one long action sequence only occasionally pausing to catch its breath. This is a good thing because then one doesn't have the time to ponder any plot implausibilities and idiocies...
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Never overdoes itself, and its story never distracts from the action.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The dinosaurs are back again, but this time without Steven Spielberg at the helm...and it shows.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Whereas the success of sequels is generally dependent upon how many of the original stars and key filmmaking personnel such as writer and director, this excellent monster movie would stand on its own.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Much like an ice cream cone, this one is fairly fun while it lasts and entirely forgettable after the fact.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Solid B-movie fun.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Now if only we could have found out more about the reproduction of triceratops, we would be more excited.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Every aspect of its production reeks of cynicism
Andrew Howe - eFilmCritic.com
A pretty successful roller-coaster ride most of the way.
Bruce Feld - Film Journal International
I'm grateful for movies that truly want to entertain, rather than drown the audience with special effects and marketing gimmicks.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Same old song and dance...But, that's a good thing!
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
The rather startling way in which the film deflates is enough to ensure that for most viewers, this third trip will be the least charming.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A film that is not as good a ride as the first, but a damn sight better than the second.
Ben Varkentine - PopMatters
The real stars of the sequel are the dinosaurs...But look out for the flying Pteranodons, which we see flying off into the sunset as a precursor to yet another unnecessary sequel.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Johnston is surprisingly good at generating suspense and maintaining the tension of lengthy action sequences
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
As far as leftovers go...Jurassic Park 3 is fairly tasty fare.
KJ Doughton - Nitrate Online
Seguramente no hara historia como sus predecesoras, pero es el claro ejemplo de las peliculas que le dan sentido al verano cinematografico
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Dean Essner - Ebert & Roeper
The direction is ever more pedestrian, and the characters increasingly resemble so much warm tapioca.
Shay Casey - Jacksonville Film Journal
Big stinking pile of dino poo-poo.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
It is not art, but it is fun.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
If it's dumb humans crashing through the undergrowth you're after, rent a Rambo movie instead.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
...when it comes to packaging in thrills and chills, this is by far the most balanced, most entertaining and most audacious picture of the series.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Yes, the JPIII dinosaurs are terrific and the flying sequences are spectacular. But can I be so bold as to plead: Next time, how about a story?
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
A straight-ahead matinee actioner, all bark and bite but little soul.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Does offer a few genuinely horrific images.
Yazmin Ghonaim - Cinephiles
Doesn't work very well because it thinks it's smarter than it is.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Gone are the emotional elements that made Jurassic Park the thrill-ride it was.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
If you get a thrill from seeing what look very much like live dinosaurs alive today, the film is for you.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Jurassic Park III is a depressingly soulless, utterly unnecessary sequel.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Is little more than a glorified slasher movie, albeit with nonhuman villains.
Philip Booth - Orlando Weekly
If you think you have to suspend disbelief in order to accept living dinosaurs, wait until you try to accept Bill Macy and Tea Leoni as a couple.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
It is a pretty good, by the numbers, adventure yarn, but a raptor could write something more original.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Maybe if you're younger than 10 you'll be scared or thrilled by this film. Otherwise, be prepared for one of the most unexciting pictures this summer.
Kim Morgan - Oregonian
A yawn in the park.
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
It lives up to expectations. Audiences expecting simply more of the same -- dinosaurs chasing people for a merciful 88 minutes -- will get just that, and in liberal doses.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
One fine popcorn flick.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Vividly makes the point that fearsomeness is built into the universe.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
It lacks the scale, the chills and the wonder of the original, but is more fun as a thrill ride than its sequel predecessor.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
Studio big-wig: '$115 to $365 million on a $93 million investment? Almost the same as the first movie? No need for new ideas or even a script? Okay. Do it.'
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Whatever their goal is, Jurassic Park III is a little jagged and a little harsh. But it's also rather entertaining, even if you do expect to see the raptors wearing hockey masks and wielding chainsaws.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The film is essentially an expensive slasher movie.
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
The ending in particular is weak and abrupt, involving a character suddenly knowing something that he explicitly did not know before, apparently as a result of sheer dumb luck.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
Anyone on a tight budget is advised to rent the first Jurassic Park and watch it again. In this one, there are no surprises left, and little of the sense of awe that the first film's special effects helped create.
Steven Mazey - Ottawa Citizen
The problem is that JP3 operates mostly on a 12-year-old's level. For the rest of us it's deja vu all over again.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
If they remade "It's A Wonderful Life," they could make it about Spielberg being shown what American cinema would be like if he never lived - they'd show him this movie.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
An almost non-stop parade of snazzy, state-of-the-art visual effects and fast-paced, breathtaking action set pieces.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Most of the effects have been done before, and the trick of shaking the camera when a thunder lizard stomps the ground has grown tedious.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Efficient, compulsive, a streamlined fright show with some jaunty snaps of humor.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
A B-movie is what this is. And it works fairly well on that level.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The movie goes down much easier than its predecessor.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Jurassic Park III doesn't validate itself with anything original but rather in being a consistently fun and satisfying summertime entry.
Jeffrey Huston - Jeff Huston's Believe Me
A by-the-numbers action flick with a decent cast and impressive special effects.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
The only attempts at innovation in Jurassic Park III are changing the looks of the Velociraptors a little bit.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Has the integrity of a solid B-movie.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Noticeably lacking the punch that its predecessors contained.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
This year, a summer would-be blockbuster that neither stinks, nor takes half the day to watch, is actually an improvement over most releases.
David Forsmark - Flint Journal
Jurassic Park III is still moderately entertaining: Pretend it's a very expensive pilot for a TV version of the DNA dinosaur adventures. With that expectation, you'll have some fun.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Jurassic Park III tries to be nothing more than a mindless munch-crunch-thanks-a-bunch thrill ride. And expectations or not, it does a roaringly good job.
Steve Tilley - Edmonton Sun
A quick dose of Hollywood fluff that outperforms the first two Jurassic Park films in most regards...(Watch out, T-Rex! Don't drop the soap in the jungle!)
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
The best thing that can be said about JP III is that it's stripped to its essentials; it's all effects and action, with the human element reduced to cliches that will have 5-year-olds rolling their eyes.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
This is, ironically, the best video game movie of the summer, with the thrills and chills and laughs you expect from a participatory game.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The plot, as it were, is a series of coincidences combined with extreme leaps of faith and a trifecta of stupid cell phone tricks
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The dinosaurs have an attitude to them -- a yo-Adrian swagger -- that makes for cheeky fun.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Lacks not just a soul but also a body, so to speak, with no plot to absorb us and no characters worthy of our empathy or concern.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Plays out the way you'd expect, perfunctorily, obligingly, without much enthusiasm and with very little terror.
John Anderson - Newsday
Maybe it's time for the "Jurassic Park" park franchise to join hands with Toho [Pictures] and Godzilla.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The thrills of the JP franchise are all but extinct.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Nobody stopped long enough to write an engaging plot or to develop three-dimensional characters.
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
Once the humans are on the island, it's one harrowing chase after another and it all wraps up in 90 breath-snatching, heart-pounding minutes leaving the audience begging for more.
Louis B. Hobson - Calgary Sun
A third time? Think Thanksgiving leftovers -- in December.
John Zebrowski - Seattle Times
As dull as the movie is, at least it's not Pearl Harbor.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Despite the idiotic people, the absurd level of coincidence, the spotty special effects and the lazy ending, I still liked Jurassic Park III.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
Admittedly, it's pretty brain-dead, but for at least an hour, you probably won't care.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Truly satisfies by poking fun at itself with a B-movie type endearing quality.
Dean Essner - BeatBoxBetty.com
A complete and utter mess.
John Paul Powell - Jam! Movies
Jurassic Park III may be extinct from memory before you leave the multiplex, but it's still dino-mite summer movie fare.
Mary Kalin-Casey - Reel.com
The latest summer dino-fest pales next to the maligned sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
Jim Slotek - Toronto Sun
The characters and script are strictly by-the-numbers and the sentimental goo that justifies the mayhem is poured on thick.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The musty odor of a fossil hangs over the whole enterprise
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
One staggeringly silly movie.
Mike Antonucci - San Jose Mercury News
Puts the funk back in perfunctory.
Scott Von Doviak - culturevulture.net
With the exception of the cool 44-foot hydraulic dinosaur built just for this movie, all the computer effects look like someone's idea of a practical joke.
Dave White - IFilm
A sturdy, watchable, Saturday-afternoon-serial throwback that teems with cool creatures. But it's too prefab to really deliver on the promise of 'intense sci-fi terror' written into the movie's MPAA rating description.
Cody Clark - Mr. Showbiz
A canny, shrewd piece of work that smacks of professionalism from top to bottom.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Solid, efficient, and unpretentious -- a $93 million B-movie.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
It's deja vu all over again.
Tom Sander - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A smartly written and funny popcorn flick that is a lot of fun.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Professionally executed, but not much else.
Dave Kehr - Citysearch
A smart script by Alexander Payne (of "Election" fame) is the saving grace of this been-there, done-that monster mash.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Who cares about the rampant case of sequelitis its infected with as long as it delivers the goods to the paying customers
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Largely a blockbuster B-movie exercise in Filmmaking 101, but it just so happens this is Johnston's specialty.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Partly campy, mostly straight-ahead horrific and nearly always watchable.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A popcorn-chomping thrill ride that's perfect as a summertime distraction.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
As in the two previous Jurassics, the wondrously realized creatures give us everything we need to suspend disbelief for the movie's economical (80 minutes, not counting credits) running time.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Loud, smash-and-crash monster movie fun at its finest.
Annette Cardwell - Filmcritic.com
One dollar to your favorite charity if you can guess which creatures are animatronic and which computer-generated.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
It's formulaic but fun, a third-generation thrill-ride.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
A movie you can ride!
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Effective enough to pass the time.
Joel Crawley - Popcorn
Compared to some of this summer's blockbusters ... this is better than average.
Neil Smith - BBC