Jurassic World 2015

Critics score:
71 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com: So basically, Jurassic World is a big-budget indictment of corporate greed, jammed with product placement for Samsung and Mercedes-Benz and Beats by Dre and Coca-Cola. Read more

Wesley Morris, Grantland: Trevorrow is having fun taking as little of this as seriously as he needs to. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: Motorcycle, Chris Pratt, sprinting dinosaurs: If you require more than that out of a movie, you're being unreasonable. Read more

Scott Foundas, Variety: It's fun enough while it lasts, but somehow, finally, all too much and not enough. Read more

A.A. Dowd, AV Club: Jurassic World, a goofy and fitfully entertaining summer movie, understands and even winks at its place in the pecking order of blockbuster sequels. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: Look, let's not kid ourselves. Every third person on the planet will go to see this movie, and they will find exactly what they seek, nothing more but certainly nothing less. It's that nothing more part that ultimately disappoints. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: "Jurassic World" is a roadworthy retread, a summer blockbuster that has more than its share of absurdities and bald patches but gets by anyway because dinosaurs. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: The characters are all paper-thin, but that doesn't matter because their sole purpose is to get chomped. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: Bailed out by a few good jolts, "Jurassic World" gets by, barely, as a marauding-dinosaurs narrative designed for a more jaded audience than the one "Jurassic Park" conquered back in 1993. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: In terms of its thrills and graphic design, it still looks like a low-to-mid-range Spielberg effort. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: Jurassic World is ersatz Spielberg. It's a knock-off that, even with the brand tag of the filmmaking titan as executive producer, makes the credit feel faux. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: "Jurrassic World" still delivers big, dumb cheap summer thrills. But extinction may be the kindest thing that can happen to this franchise. Read more

Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com: Yet, for those who remember both the sheer terror and humor of Steven Spielberg's original Jurassic Park, Jurassic World -- much like the dinosaurs these scientists create -- proves once again that some things are best left alone. Read more

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: While the new Jurassic World pales next to the awe-inspiring spectacle of the original, it's easily the franchise's most thrilling sequel yet. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: A movie like Jurassic World must pass one basic test: Stay diverting, if not spectacularly entertaining, even through the most ridiculous scenarios. Mission accomplished. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: The old-fashioned Saturday matinee-like pleasures stemming from resourceful derring-do in the face of mighty odds retain an appeal if done reasonably well, which is the case here. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Pratt proved in "Guardians" that he could handle hunky leading man roles, and his combination of physicality, charisma and attitude prove hard to resist one more time. Read more

Tony Hicks, San Jose Mercury News: Even with its flaws, Jurassic World works, thanks to director Colin Trevorrow's great sense of pacing and flair for drama that transcends the idea of beasts chasing humans. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: There's something deeply wrong with a film that expects you to shed tears over digitally created prehistoric creatures and rubber brontosaurus heads instead of rooting for, you know, people. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: There isn't anything original here, but it's all executed with energy and skill. As always, the underlying message is that nature, like Hollywood formulas, should not be tampered with. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: There is plenty here to divert, but little to leave you enraptored. Such is the fate of the sequel: Bigger. Louder. Fewer teeth. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: Along with the repurposed plot comes a sort of retro, kind of comforting '80s feel, with -- until a final, hyper-edited battle sequence -- a seeming willingness to allow the scenes some room to breathe. Read more

Chris Klimek, NPR: I enjoyed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to exactly the same degree I enjoyed Jurassic World. Read more

Jacob Hall, New York Daily News: For much of its running time, "Jurassic World" plays like a great theme park ride. In an age of blockbusters that lumber like herbivores, it's refreshing to see a movie as lean and mean as a velociraptor. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: There's more flab than muscle packed on this galumphing franchise reboot, which, as it lumbers from scene to scene, reminds you of what a great action god Steven Spielberg is. Too bad he didn't take the reins on this. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: This is the best of the Jurassic Park sequels and does a better job than episodes #2 and #3 in recreating the "feel" of the original. Read more

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times: "Jurassic World" is pure, dumb, wall-to-wall fun. When they hand you your 3-D glasses, you can check your brain at the door and pick it up on your way out. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: It's not the cynical, cash-in cheesefest you feared. OK, Jurassic World is a little of that. But this state-of-the-art dino epic is also a blast of rumbling, roaring, "did you effing see that!" fun. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com: I'm not sure what specific qualities "Jurassic World" could be said to possess, beyond a vague sense of its own importance that ... comes across in the finished product as preening self-congratulation. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Tune out the screenplay, enjoy the silly chase scenes and swooping camera work, and wonder if this franchise has finally reached its end. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: What ultimately makes "Jurassic World" so satisfying is that it doesn't buy into the grandeur of the human spirit, not one bit. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: You don't go to the fourth Jurassic Park movie for up-to-date gender politics. You go for the crunchy dino-on-human action, and Jurassic World provides plenty of that. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: It may not equal the humor and inventiveness of the original film, but death has never been so much fun. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Even without world-class smarts or amusing mutations, the next generation of "Jurassic" is an enjoyable ride. Read more

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic: If you limit your expectations for Jurassic World to "more teeth," it will deliver on that promise. If you dare to hope for anything more-relatable characters, narrative coherence-you'll only set yourself up for disappointment. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Jurassic World never breaks out of its own confines of homage and imitation. The movie ends up as an awkward, ungainly hybrid: large, but inconsequential. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Jurassic World ... hits all the expected beats of heroism, action and dinosaur dining. The tourists are delicious, and there are so many more to snack on this time! Read more

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap: If Jurassic Park was a bright, clean, gleaming state-of-the-art attraction, this latest iteration feels shabby and unexciting, with a definite feeling that the carnies are dealing meth behind the haunted house. Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: Another theme park, another bunch of knuckleheaded scientists cloned from the same strand of foresight-impaired DNA. Jurassic World has absolutely no reason for being (except for the obvious one), but at least it chomps your time painlessly. Read more

Brian Truitt, USA Today: World is a monster step up from the two disappointing previous sequels, but is sorely missing the heart and inherent wonder of the classic first film. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice: The picture is sleek and impressive, although, as with its predecessors, how much you enjoy it will depend on your tolerance for watching dinosaurs chomp down on terrified humans. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: At its best, it's good enough to take your mind off its worst, which is saying a lot. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: As has been previously observed, every action movie today ends up as "Transformers" and, even when it's cloned creatures fighting, the same is true here (with an antic dash of "Sharknado" tossed in for good measure). Read more

Jake Coyle, Associated Press: Jurassic World, the latest incarnation of the franchise, is lacking the deft sense of wonderment, wit and suspense that guided the original. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: Nothing said here will have the slightest bearing on its performance at the box office. All the same, something should be said about the film's cheesiness -- it doesn't even look good, though it sounds grand -- and the shoddiness of its workmanship. Read more