Journey to the Center of the Earth
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There was neither a heroine nor a villain in Jules Verne's 1864 novel Journey to the Center of the Earth, but scenarist Charles Brackett evidently knew what he was doing by adding both to the 1959 film version. The picture proved to be a significant success in an otherwise disappointing year for 20th Century Fox. James Mason stars as amusingly absent-minded professor Oliver Lindenbrook, whose first step on a fabulous journey is prompted by a lump of lava brought to him by his student Alec McEwen (Pat Boone -- and, yes, he gets to sing). Melting down the curiously composed lump, Lindenbrook… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's one of the very best Hollywood adventure movies, with lots of monsters, underground oceans, sinister villains, and touches which would have delighted Jules Verne himself."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Fun for the whole family, and—instead of the 2008 3-D version's Brendan Fraser—offers James freakin' Mason, who can pull off urbane and befuddled at the same time. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"well paced film entertains"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Still captivating despite the obviously dated effects."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Big, glossy, entertaining if not exactly compelling."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's really not very striking make-believe, when all is said and done."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A fanciful sci-fi tale for the whole family."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"By standards of the time, the special effects of Hollywood's first (but not the only) version of Jules Verne's sci-fi classic were good and nominated for Oscars; they lost out to Ben-Hur, which swept all the awards."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Mason is charming, caustic and debonair, and the whole affair is captivating, silly fun."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Fun sci-fi flick."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Enjoyable hokum sci-fi tale that's based on an 1864 Jules Verne story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D is a great film to take the kids to, or if you're a fan of 3D - otherwise don't bother."
‑ Vic Holtreman, ScreenRant
"Twentieth Century Fox pulled out all the stops - and the giant mushrooms - for this silly spectacle..."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"...distinguished by its curious casting mix of Mason and pop croonster Pat Boone, some striking CinemaScope vistas, and Bernard Herrmann's orchestral score with cathedral-sized pipe organs."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"A rollicking adventure with characters you care about and a plot that doesn't insult you. It's a perfect fit for any movie fan's library."
‑ Kurt Dahlke, Apollo Guide
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