Jurassic Park III 2001

Critics score:
50 / 100

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Mike Antonucci, San Jose Mercury News: One staggeringly silly movie. Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: 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. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: As dull as the movie is, at least it's not Pearl Harbor. Read more

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Susan Stark, Detroit News: The third time around is at least one time too many. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: The lack of empathetic characters seems more a filmmaking deficiency than some grand cinematic plan. The viewer definitely leaves the movie feeling unsatisfied. Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: A movie in which little else happens except people get chased, terrified and generally bullied by prehistoric creatures. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: Dinosaurs rule movie but flimsy screenplay undercuts intense action. Read more

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times: All it wants to do is scare a smile onto your face, and it often succeeds. Read more

John Zebrowski, Seattle Times: A third time? Think Thanksgiving leftovers -- in December. Read more

Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Partly campy, mostly straight-ahead horrific and nearly always watchable. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: 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. Read more

Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle: 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. Read more

Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com: A popcorn-chomping thrill ride that's perfect as a summertime distraction. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: 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. Read more

Kevin Courrier, Globe and Mail: 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. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Plays out the way you'd expect, perfunctorily, obligingly, without much enthusiasm and with very little terror. Read more

John Leonard, New York Magazine/Vulture: Bad news is the only news in Jurassic Park III. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Relatively speaking, Jurassic Park III is a disappointment of behemoth proportions. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com: Captures some of the wonder from the first picture. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Has the integrity of a solid B-movie. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: True, the film offers little new, but it's still stirring family entertainment... Read more

Mike Clark, USA Today: A lot of stagnant storytelling trapped underneath prehistoric footprints. Read more

Derek Elley, Variety: 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. Read more

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice: Drama is minimal and character nonexistent. Read more