The Core
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For reasons unknown, the earth's inner core has stopped rotating, causing the planet's electromagnetic field to rapidly deteriorate. Instantly, life around the globe begins to change dramatically. In Boston, 32 people with pacemakers, all within a 10-block radius, suddenly drop dead. In San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge collapses, sending hundreds of people plunging to their deaths. In London's Trafalgar Square, flocks of pigeons lose their ability to navigate, flying into panicked crowds. And in Rome, as thousands of tourists watch helplessly, an electrical superstorm reduces… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Undigestible fusion of worst-case earth science and leaden pacing."
‑ Ed Park, Village Voice
"There's a marked absence of panic in The Core."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A magical film: it never runs out of new and delightful ways to be completely inane."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"If something isn't done soon, the earth as we know it (love that cliché) will destroy itself. Who do you call? Core busters!"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"The Core ain’t your grandma’s journey to the center of the earth."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"[I]t's not campy enough to be consistently entertaining, and it's certainly not exciting or smart enough to be a first-rate sci-fi epic like a Deep Impact."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Scientists may shudder, but at least some good actors are getting work."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"This is a big, dumb, explosion movie."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Should be a sci-fi screenwriter's dream; but this dream is more like one that Michael Crichton would have than Jules Verne, and there's not a breath of imagination on display"
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"The Core is really nothing more than a special effects show, but for the most part, they aren't exactly special."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"Jules Verne this isn't, but it makes for fairly diverting escapist fare."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The Core works because the characters are idiosyncratic enough to seem authentic but not so zany that they seem contrived."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"'The only truly interesting aspect found in "The Core" is Jon Amiel's thoughts as to what the inner parts of Earth might look like.'"
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"'Look out! It's diamonds big as Cape Cod!' No, they're large black blobs that the CGI guys clearly didn't have time to fill in with vector graphics. No need for alarm."
‑ Oz,
"A disaster film with a high calibre cast, atrocious, inane dialogue, unspectacular special effects and questionable science. But fun nonetheless."
‑ Terri Clark, Apollo Guide
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