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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 37
  2. Negative: 5 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Feb 27, 2013
    88
    A rousing, original and thoroughly entertaining adventure.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Feb 28, 2013
    75
    A giant chef character is an icky bit of inspiration (complete with booger humor to soothe any shell-shocked young’uns in the audience), and the monsters are key to an epic-scale third act. If you thought the tale ended when Jack clambered back down from the skies, then you haven’t given it as much thought as Singer.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Feb 28, 2013
    63
    Peter Jackson devotees may not like to hear this, but Jack the Giant Slayer is far more accomplished, visually speaking, than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Snooze, I mean, Journey.
  4. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Feb 28, 2013
    58
    This is how a fairy-tale movie gives us our money's worth today. Even if once upon a time, it was called overkill.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 28, 2013
    50
    Jack's problem is that he's a commoner, but the movie's problem is that its script is commoner still, an enchantment-free pretext for animated action, straight-ahead storytelling and ersatz romance.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 28, 2013
    50
    The film is ruled by sound and fury signifying an attempt to launch a new franchise.
  7. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Feb 27, 2013
    12
    This epic waste of $190 million plunders the grab bag of overused plotlines, failing to put its own stamp on much of anything.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 54
  2. Negative: 5 out of 54
  1. Mar 1, 2013
    9
    Just came from seeing this with my kids. Was not too violent. Kids had a total blast and so did I. Total fun! An Oscar winner for best picture? Never, but who cares! This was totally enjoyable. Expand
  2. Jun 26, 2013
    8
    Very fun and entertaining movie. The storyline could stick a little bit better, and show more detail, but otherwise, a great family movie. There is no blood as I remember, so it should be fine for littler kids as well. A great movie. Expand
  3. Mar 20, 2013
    8
    If you were to combine The Lord of the Rings' story with Robin Hood's personality and The Chronicles of Narnia's fantastical whimsy, you'd get Jack the Giant Slayer. With thrills, spills, and chills, Jack is a good adventure film that successfully modernizes its' fairy tale basis while lovingly nodding towards the classic tale.

    Great visuals and acting by the cast, with the stand-out being Ewan McGregor, who brings an Errol Flynn-like personality to Elmont. There's a few good messages also on embracing responsibility, bravery, and self-sacrifice. As far as a family movie night is concerned, Jack the Giant Slayer is a very mild PG-13, but I wouldn't recommend it for children under age 10. For while there is no on-screen blood or gore (the head-chomping is off-screen and the effects are seen from a distance), it still could spark a nightmare or two for younger ones. There's also a bit of mild language and giants are seen having gross habits.

    For a more detailed review, visit www.moviestakenseriously.blogspot.com
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  4. Mar 5, 2013
    6
    Yet another Hollywoodization of a classic tale. The titular character gets his beans and a princess to rescue from the land of giants. It gets off to a slow start and stays that way. The action is very PG, which means noisy and dull. Although it's not terrible, there's nothing about this movie shows much imagination and the giants are staggeringly fake. A giant yawn. Expand
  5. Jun 1, 2013
    6
    Besides from some lame jokes and mediocre visuals, Jack the Giant Slayer is a good adventure film that successfully modernizes its' fairy tale basis while staying true towards the classic tale. Expand
  6. Mar 30, 2013
    5
    THis wasn't a great movie. I found the action scenes very good, but the movie was all over the place. At points it was a comedy, but sometimes it was a serious adventure, or a fantasy war movie, and I don't know what they were thinking with linking it to real life. As well as that, it wasn't even consistent with who it was made for. The plot was too simple for the older crowd, but too violent for the children the plot seems to cater for. I also found that not many people have much of a motive. Why did the obviously evil guy keep killing his teammates? Why did Princess Isabel run away from a moderately reasonable request from her father and king? There were some good points, like the action scenes and the character of Jack, but not enough to justify more than a 5. Expand
  7. Aug 12, 2013
    0
    Awful, just awful. The acting is atrocious, the main male character too ugly to convince that he could charm a princess, the CGI is simply poor. The story is boring and incoherent. Why are these movies made They will never make the studio money... Collapse

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