Jurassic Park

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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 554 Ratings

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  • Summary: Featuring incredible special effects and action-packed drama, Jurassic Park takes you to a remote island where an amazing theme park with living dinosaurs is about to turn deadly, as five people must battle to survive among the prehistoric predators. [Universal Pictures]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    100
    One great monster movie. [11 June 1993, Daily Notebook, p.C1]
  2. As a flight of fantasy, Jurassic Park lacks the emotional unity of Spielberg's classics ("Jaws," "Close Encounters," "E.T."), yet it has enough of his innocent, playful virtuosity to send you out of the theater grinning with delight.
  3. 88
    Colossal entertainment -- the eye-popping, mind-bending, kick-out-the-jams thrill ride of summer and probably the year.
  4. An exhilarating, sometimes terrifying monster of a movie that, once it gets you in its clutches, won't put you down again until the closing credits start to roll.
  5. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    70
    It becomes less crisp on screen than it was on the page, with much of the enjoyable jargon either mumbled confusingly or otherwise thrown away. [11 June 1993, p.C1]
  6. 67
    I continually found myself longing for the sheer intensity of the director's past glories, like Jaws, or even Duel. Spielberg seems to be trying so very hard for that elusive “Gosh, Wow, Sense of Wonder!” that it all looks strained in spots.
  7. Perfectly passable kiddie escapism. It has a thrill or two, and a chill or three, but it has no poetry, little sense of wonder, no resonant subtext (Jungian or otherwise), no art... When it's over, it's gone. Extinct.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 129
  1. Feb 21, 2012
    10
    As a wide-eyed 13 yr old boy gripping the theater armrests with white knuckles, I remember this film rewiring my brain as I watched it. IAs a wide-eyed 13 yr old boy gripping the theater armrests with white knuckles, I remember this film rewiring my brain as I watched it. I walked out a changed person, never to view movies the same way again. The good ones... the truly special ones... aren't just something to watch. They transport you to another world. They take you away and cleanse you of the drudgery of reality. They nestle into your memory and never leave. Jurassic Park was the first film to affect me in this way and I'll never forget that feeling. Much obliged, Mr. Spielberg! Expand
  2. Oct 16, 2014
    10
    Jurassic Park transports you to a whole new world with groundbreaking special effects that still hold up today, i watched this movie when iJurassic Park transports you to a whole new world with groundbreaking special effects that still hold up today, i watched this movie when i was young and loved it and still love it, the characters are interesting and funny, especially Jeff Goldblum which people go too hard nowadays, the heart of the movie comes from Richard Attenborough's performance, the action is great but never goes on for too long, Jurassic Park is a great movie for all ages that stands as one of the greatest movies ever made, i'll definitively give this a 10. Expand
  3. ZeeM.
    May 19, 2007
    10
    Amazing Movie!! It's great how they made the Dino's, extremely realistic. Incredibly thrilling!
  4. Jan 25, 2016
    10
    Jurassic park is one one of Steven Spielbergs best movies. Jurassic park has some of the best special effects of all time and is better thanJurassic park is one one of Steven Spielbergs best movies. Jurassic park has some of the best special effects of all time and is better than some effects we see today. Jurassic park revolutionized dinosaurs and made them cool again. Expand
  5. Jan 7, 2012
    9
    Brilliant action-packed film by Spielberg. CGI, dramatic scenes, and blood-thirsty animals make it thrilling, and worth watching.Brilliant action-packed film by Spielberg. CGI, dramatic scenes, and blood-thirsty animals make it thrilling, and worth watching. Unforgettable score and hair raising effects will give you a scare you'll never forget. Expand
  6. Jul 3, 2015
    8
    Small review due to Jurassic World release. This film did what it wanted to do excellently, give a sense of awe and wonder on a quirky islandSmall review due to Jurassic World release. This film did what it wanted to do excellently, give a sense of awe and wonder on a quirky island with a well written script. Excellent special and practical effects and great acting and scenes. Definitely a classic. Expand
  7. EricJ
    Jan 1, 2008
    0
    The most overrated movie of all time.

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