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Matthew McConaughey stars as explorer and adventurer Dirk Pitt in this adaptation of the best-selling novel by Clive Cussler. Pitt thinks he may have found both a fortune and the answer to a long-standing mystery when he discovers a rare coin in the waters of a river in West Africa. During the Civil War, an ironclad battleship with a valuable cargo went missing, and Pitt's theory is that the coin places the ship somewhere in the Sahara Desert. Pitt and his goofy sidekick, Al Giordino (Steve Zahn), set out to find it, but along the way they make the acquaintance of Dr. Eva Rojas (Penélope… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite the vast beauty of location settings in Morocco and Spain, the vast lack of chemistry between the two stars is appalling."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"McConaughey's no Harrison Ford. And no one cracks the whip of originality."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"For an adventure movie based on chase scenes in exotic locations "Sahara" never takes hold because director Breck Eisner and his team of screenwriters can't agree on what the story's about or what tone should resonate against it."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Vapid, lengthy, and mostly lifeless -- kind of like the desert it's named for."
‑ Russ Breimeier, Christianity Today
"It tried to be National Treasure and it failed."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Sahara is many things, but it is not a movie. It is the skull-splitting cacophony of 21 producers and four screenwriters (that we know about, anyway) standing in the same room shouting into their cell phones."
‑ Jessica Winter, Village Voice
"A mediocrity wrapped inside a banality, toasted in a nice, fresh cliche."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"The whole movie is a kick, actually."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Sahara rather resembles National Treasure, another film with a strained story line and deadening lack of visual richness."
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"The plotting is too complex for a generally stupid picture, but that didn't stop me from getting sucked in by director Breck Eisner's nicely paced action sequences."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"It drove me crazy. It made National Treasure look like a documentary."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Unlike Raiders of the Lost Ark, which this movie wants so desperately to be, there's nothing here to engage the brain along with the eyeballs."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A pretty offensive comedy about Africans who range from primitive to demonic that, sorry, is just not funny."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"For "Sahara," the problem is that we have the Indiana Jones movies to compare it to, and I'm afraid there's no comparison. It's never more than a likable poseur."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Like the African desert that lends the film its name, this so-called adventure is coarse, dry, and overheated."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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