Sahara (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 8, 2005
DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A mindless adventure flick with a preposterous plot.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

Despite the vast beauty of location settings in Morocco and Spain, the vast lack of chemistry between the two stars is appalling.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

McConaughey's no Harrison Ford. And no one cracks the whip of originality.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Anyone with even the slightest awareness of global politics will cringe at dialogue like "No one cares about Africa" and the notion that good old fashioned American cunning will always triumph, no matter how dire the circumstances.

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Jessica Winter
Village Voice

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.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

A mediocrity wrapped inside a banality, toasted in a nice, fresh cliche.

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Cole Smithey

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.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It drove me crazy. It made National Treasure look like a documentary.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Rob Gonsalves

The whole movie is a kick, actually.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Im pretty sure i wasnt suppose to enjoy this movie at all. Is is suppose to be horrible according to reviews but what i found was 2 hours of fun, humor and… More
Kevin M. Williams
Standard buddy action flick adventure fare where gold hunters wind up saving an African country in the process. Fun if predictable, the kind of fantasy where… More
Phil Hubbs
So I've read this is THE most expensive flop in Hollywood history, was a bit of a surprise to me I must say but I can see why really. The whole franchise… More
Kase Vollebregt
Everything about 'Sahara' feels forced. The plot, the action, the characters. Nothing gives off an interesting vibe because it all seems so… More
"<b>Sahara</b> is action packed with not even one boring moment. I really liked McConaughey and Zahn together on screen. They have great… More
Sajin P A
Usually I'm a sucker for treasure-hunt movies. No matter how lame they are, almost every time I end up humming to the swashbuckling music themes from the… More