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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.
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.
A movie in which little else happens except people get chased, terrified and generally bullied by prehistoric creatures.
New York Times:
All it wants to do is scare a smile onto your face, and it often succeeds.
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.
Louis B. Parks,
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.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
A popcorn-chomping thrill ride that's perfect as a summertime distraction.
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.
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.
Plays out the way you'd expect, perfunctorily, obligingly, without much enthusiasm and with very little terror.
Relatively speaking, Jurassic Park III is a disappointment of behemoth proportions.
Captures some of the wonder from the first picture.
True, the film offers little new, but it's still stirring family entertainment...
A lot of stagnant storytelling trapped underneath prehistoric footprints.
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.