Journey to the Center of the Earth
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: December 16, 1959
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A silly but fun movie with everything you'd want from a sci-fi blockbuster -- heroic characters, menacing villains, monsters, big sets and special effects.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

It may well be second to KING KONG (1933) as the film I have seen the greatest number of times.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It's really not very striking make-believe, when all is said and done.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

There's a rolling-boulder scene that almost certainly inspired Spielberg and Lucas when they initially dreamed up Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Peter Ronson's lovable lunk Hans seems like a live-action template of Frozen's Kristoff.

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Randy White
Common Sense Media

A fanciful sci-fi tale for the whole family.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

It can't help but delight fans of the genre, and Mason and Dahl's wonderful rapport provides the finishing touch.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Enjoyable hokum sci-fi tale that's based on an 1864 Jules Verne story.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

well paced film entertains

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
You want something to watch for an entire lazy afternoon? well I highly suggest this quirky adventure which is epic in both scale and length. Jules Verne was… More
jay nixon
Harmless silliness with what for the time were probably most impressive effects but which now show their age. Still pleasant in a Saturday matinee sort of way… More
Jens S.
This classic adventure movie based on the Jules Verne novel still looks so great and still has such a great and unique atmosphere over 50 years later. The… More
Jason Owens
Before I watched "Journey To The Center of The Earth," I was expecting it to be something like "At The Earth's Core" where a scientist… More
Lucas Martins
A exciting, but boring. Journey to the Center, become very silly. Even Henry Levin's direction saves this sci-fi success.
danny d
a wonderful adventure film that has inspired many adventures since. had a solid indiana jones feel to it with good effects and a wonderful cast. i had a lot… More