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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The second of the George Lucas/Steven Spielberg Indiana Jones epics is set a year or so before the events in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1984). After a brief brouhaha involving a precious vial and a wild ride down a raging Himalyan river, Indy (Harrison Ford) gets down to the problem at hand: retrieving a precious gem and several kidnapped young boys on behalf of a remote East Indian village. His companions this time around include a dimbulbed, easily frightened nightclub chanteuse (Kate Capshaw), and a feisty 12-year-old kid named Short Round (Quan Ke Huy). Throughout, the plot takes second… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Again you will savor the Indiana Jones schizophrenia: by day a bow-tied, bespectacled archaeologist; by night a resourceful swaggerer, whom Ford brings to life as a modern blend of Bogie and the Duke, with just a glint of misfit psychopathy in his eyes."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The film betrays no human impulse higher than that of a ten-year-old boy trying to gross out his baby sister by dangling a dead worm in her face."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This movie is batshit insane."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"an unbelievably crass, unpleasant, horrific picture"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"[T]he best of the Indiana Jones's insanely wonderful, in every sense of those words."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson,
"It's not the darker turn that makes The Temple of Doom uncomfortable at times; it's its mean-spiritedness."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Set years before the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is sillier, darkly violent and a bit dumbed down, but still great fun."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"With the action nonstop there is no time for mere acting, much less for a coherent plot."
‑ Patrick Gibbs, Daily Telegraph
"More gore, gross-outs than the other Indy blockbusters."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"It lacks the sense of detail that made Raiders such a treat. It isn't very clever, very funny or very compelling."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Pic comes on like a sledgehammer, and there's even a taste of vulgarity and senseless excess not apparent in Raiders."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Part of the trouble is that anything clearly does go, including the slender hold on credibility that Raiders managed to maintain."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A fun and worthy sequel that really continues the harrowing but exciting exploits of Indiana Jones..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
" obvious step down from its stellar predecessor..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The reality is that this is the film that comes closest to reflecting the racism, sexism and jingoism that fuelled most of the serials that originally sparked Spielberg and George Lucas's impressionable young imaginations."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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