Journey to the Center of the Earth
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Academy Award-winning visual effects artist Eric Brevig makes his feature directorial debut with this adaptation of the classic Jules Verne fantasy starring Brendan Fraser. When an ambitious science professor (Fraser) develops a decidedly unconventional hypothesis, the mere mention of his name is enough to elicit laughter within the academic community. However, during a subsequent excursion to Iceland, the professor and his nephew make a major scientific discovery that sends them miles beneath the surface of the Earth, where they discover not only strange new worlds, but also encounter… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Most of the movie, directed by Eric Brevig, is as daft, outlandish, and speedy as it needs to be, and, for all its newfangled effects, touchingly old-fashioned in its reverence for the Jules Verne novel that inspired it."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"If 3D is indeed the future of movies, we're going to need something more substantial than Journey to the Center of the Earth to convince us."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"Brendan Fraser's physical dexterity and comic timing are laid out in good order here, and "Journey" is pretty much a Frasermobile. Without him, it just doesn't go anywhere."
‑ Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"Overall, everyone involved does well, but no one besides the 3D is doing much to drop your jaw."
‑ Cole Abaius, Film School Rejects
"The movie proves the perfect showcase for 3D. I can't say that it does the same for Fraser."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"Perfectly charming as well as predictably eye-popping."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"If, at this moment, the child next to you grabs your arm and hollers "Duck!", the movie will have been worth the ticket price."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Journey relentlessly dishes out the action and offers the bespectacled audience plenty of goopy, grabby 3-D jolts, but it all resembles a run of the mill video game. Brevig can't shake the material loose from its unbridled artificiality.""
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"...rather juvenile...with many of its shots intended more to show off the 3-D process than to further its story line."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"It's all good clean fun: a rattling good yarn, in fact, with mostly nicely modulated performances from Fraser, Hutcherson and Bream, emphasising confidence, growth, solidarity and self-reliance."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Flat and predictable, though the visuals are often striking."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The absence of star charisma in Journey denies the audience some focus in a movie that keeps changing backdrops and is ultimately no more than the sum of its wild-eyed parts."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Whilst 3D glasses might mask this lapse of originality by putting it all in your face, from a standard visual plane, the creative potential of Verne's novel appears to be inexcusably wasted."
‑ Anders Wotzke, Moviedex
"Brendan Fraser's playful force of personality rules, 3D or no 3D, one of the few funny guys who could grab attention away from a dinosaur in assault mode, in the center of the earth or anywhere else on the planet."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Fraser salvages his reputation as a solid, matinee-style action hero in this family-oriented fantasy."
‑ Vicky Roach, Daily Telegraph (Australia)
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