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  • Summary: During a scientific expedition in Iceland, visionary scientist Trevor Anderson , his nephew Sean and their beautiful local guide, Hannah, are unexpectedly trapped in a cave from which their only escape is to go deeper and deeper into the depths of the Earth. Traveling through never-before-seen worlds, the trio comes face-to-face with surreal and unimaginable creatures--including man-eating plants, giant flying piranha, glow birds and terrifying dinosaurs from days past. The explorers soon realize that as volcanic activity increases around them, they must find a way back to the earth's surface before it is too late. (Warner Brothers) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Fraser on form, 3D dinosaurs, geology lessons, phosphorecent hummingbirds, killer flying fish, theme park rides, Icelandic babe - what's not to like? It skews young, but is everything an 8-12 year-old could want. Older siblings and parents will have nothing to complain about either.
  2. It's harmless fun, and it makes for an often impressive display of the latest generation of computer-wizardry. But the enterprise is utterly void of substance: instantly forgettable and about as enriching as a rerun of "Johnny Quest."
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Neither the acting nor the story matters much here; the movie is simply the sum of its 3D effects.
  4. This first feature by veteran visual effects supervisor Eric Brevig has its transporting, if benign, charms.
  5. It has its modicum of suspense, and Brendon Fraser, who stars as intrepid professor Trevor Anderson – who does indeed journey to the center of the Earth – is his usual heroically affable self.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    If the 3D here is better than average, SLIGHTLY, the rest of the movie brings it way, way down--not quite to the center of the earth, but at least a good six feet under.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 44
  2. Negative: 15 out of 44
  1. Jan 28, 2012
    Journey to the center of the Earth is funny, entertaining and visually dazzling and the chemistry between the three stars lights up the screen which helps the film be a heartfelt and surprisingly original adventure. I give this movie 79%. Expand
  2. Nov 2, 2010
    this is probably for fans of Brandon Fraser and Josh Hutcherson only. so, why a 60%? well, it was rushed due to its storyline, but the acting was decent and the visual effects were good. this movie is enjoyable, but not memorable. its a well fast-paced adventure ride for the whole family. Grade: D+ Expand
  3. May 5, 2012
    It takes an overused but stylish story direction and it is quite amusing. The adventure is a fun ride to watch and Brendan Frasier does great here.
  4. Nov 13, 2013
    Journey to The Center of The Earth is just plain poor.
    It begins uninteresting with an unhappy teenager and his dad. It gets better as it
    goes along with some good special effects, but then returns to being uninteresting towards the end. The characters make poor choices on purpose and the script is basically trash. Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2012
    It's not completely unbearable, but the script is trash, and the CGI effects are mediocre at best.
  6. Jan 11, 2014
    Visual effects are on par, but the story and the acting sink this movie way down the list. Almost everything could've been improved, including the miscast of Brendan Frazier. Boy, is that guy making some crap movie nowadays. Expand
  7. Jan 1, 2012
    Tout portait à croire que cette énième version du roman de Jules Verne serait destinée à un jeune public. En effet, Voyage au Centre de la Terre possède un humour bon enfant, des bons sentiments et surtout de l'action. Pour ce qui est des spectateurs plus âgés, c'est une autre affaire... Cet humour pour gosses devient dépassé (sans même faire sourire par moment), l'ambiance émotionnelle frôle la niaiserie et l'ensemble a tout d'un aspect téléfilm. En somme, Voyage au Centre de la Terre a tout du divertissement que l'on regarde qu'une seule fois (il faut dire que l'on s'attache aux personnages, l'univers visuel est inégal mais jouissif et que l'ensemble ne manque pas de ryhme), mais certaiment pas que l'on s'y attarde une seule seconde de plus. Un régal pour les enfants (ludique et agréable), un nanar visuel qui fait passer le temps pour les adultes. Expand

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