Journey to the Center of the Earth
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 28, 2008
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61%
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51%



Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Modern visuals and an old fasioned storyline make this family adventure/comedy a fast-paced, kitschy ride.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star

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.

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Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Perfectly charming as well as predictably eye-popping.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

If, at this moment, the child next to you grabs your arm and hollers "Duck!", the movie will have been worth the ticket price.

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Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

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."

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Flat and predictable, though the visuals are often striking.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

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.

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Anders Wotzke
Moviedex

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Surprisingly light and easy to watch. completely fantastic fare with decent effects, something kids will enjoy and ooooh and awwwe over.
Everett Johnson
Here's a perfectly fine, fluffy family movie. Brendan Fraser stars as a science professor who gets stuck with his nephew(Josh Hutchinson) for 10 days.… More
Anthony Lawrie
A pointless and awful adaptation that makes Henry Levin's version (which I did not like) look like a masterpiece. It's tired and badly written, the… More
Sophie Burgess
I did see this after the first one which isn't always ideal and I can say I wonder how on earth it got a sequel commissioned. The story was cliche and… More
Apeneck Fletcher
The tweeners will appreciate this redo of the Verne classic, filled with special effects galore, from a tweener perspective, but nary a character to relate to… More
KJ Proulx
"Journey to the Center of the Earth" let's you know right from the start that the premise is going to be silly, so you begin to accept it for… More

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