Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Reviews

  • Even with a stellar cast and proven director, it's another banal exercise in video game adaptations.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • As sword-and-sandal fantasy movies based on videogames and starring a buffed-up Jake Gyllenhaal go, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time goes pretty well.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • As usual, the talent in Prince of Persia is generally top notch -- from the cinematographer John Seale to the parkour expert David Belle -- but the ingredients have been masticated so heavily the results are mush.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • The story unfolds with little regard for subtlety, and wisecracks are what pass for humor. When a gaggle of gangly ostriches offers one of the biggest laughs, wit clearly is at a premium.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Although Prince of Persia stimulates the circulatory and nervous systems, it engages none of the higher faculties of game play. Like, say, hand-eye coordination and map-reading skills. It's a frenetic yet passive experience.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • You've seen Lord of the Rings? Here's the CVS brand.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Scraps of moderately inspired eye candy ... remain sparse and incapable of lending weight to such cash-my-paycheck-dammit material.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • A lot of action flicks are examples of mediocrity, but a truly terrible action movie, one that shows how not to do things at every turn, is a rare thing. Perhaps this was the true destiny of Prince of Persia.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Prince of Persia, a movie born of a video game, is at war with itself, and the bad guys win.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • A spectacularly silly video-game adaptation about a Fresh Prince of Gel Hair who runs around the desert with a magic dagger, a curious version of Alfred Molina and some hoity-toity chick who never breaks a sweat. It's sort of pointless.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Don't think too much about its main prop and plot device -- a magic sword that can turn back the clock and change history -- and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a fun ride.

    Manuel Mendoza — Dallas Morning News

  • It's not a classic, but it's sturdy enough, thanks to Gyllenhaal and a sly and grousing turn by Alfred Molina as Sheikh Amar, a scoundrel with a heart of gold -- or at least, a ticker very interested in riches.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • I had fun watching all of the claptrap unfold -- or, perhaps, more than I've had at other recent big-screen spectacles, so perhaps it's only the baseness of its peers that makes this "Prince" seem even slightly regal.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • Prince of Persia is meant purely as light entertainment, but the way it draws on layers of junk is depressing.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • The two leads are not inspired. Jake Gyllenhaal could make the cover of a muscle mag, but he plays Dastan as if harboring Spider-Man's doubts and insecurities. I recall Gemma Arterton as resembling a gorgeous still photo in a cosmetics ad.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It's sort of fun, certainly more so than the National Treasure pictures, as well as less manic (a little less) than the recent Mummy films.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Disposable family entertainment.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • They have plans for a sequel. A franchise, even. But there's no reason on Earth, or anywhere, for Prince of Persia 2.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Prince of Persia will inspire filmmakers for years to come. They will watch it and say, "What a mess. I can do better."

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • This movie is little more than a big noise bomb with jerky movements attached.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

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