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Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

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  • Summary: For years, stories have circulated about a secret place in the middle of the Nevada desert, known for unexplained phenomena and strange sightings. It is called Witch Mountain, and when a Las Vegas cab driver finds two teens with supernatural powers in his cab, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure he can't explain. When they discover that the only chance to save the world lies in unraveling the secrets of Witch Mountain, the race begins. (Disney) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. It's entertaining with a crafty mixture of action, humor and drama.
  2. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    75
    The planet-hopping children have special talents -- telekinesis, telepathy etc. -- although it is the high-wattage lovability of Mr Rock that's the real superpower on display here.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    Strikes a deft balance of chase-movie suspense and wisecracking humor, with a few slam-bang action setpieces that would shame the makers of more allegedly grown-up genre fare.
  4. 50
    Fans of the original films will dig Richards and Eisenmann's cameo appearances.
  5. Curiously, despite Johnson's imposing physique, it's the kids who do most of the smashing and grabbing, right up until the climax, when it's all-hands-on-neck.
  6. Reviewed by: Patrick Parker
    50
    Parents might like the film, but will be too busy explaining the complicated plot to their children to really enjoy it.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Berton
    25
    Wow, when Disney misses the "reimagining" mark, it really misses.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. May 29, 2012
    8
    The rock did good here. The story makes some sense and there is plenty of action throughout. I can't recall any dull moments.
  2. Jan 30, 2013
    7
    The film is entertaining, with some good and bad special effects. The plot of the film is very original.
  3. Jan 18, 2011
    6
    Not nearly as cheesy and bad as I expected. I have to say that Dwayne Johnson is starting to grow on me. For a Disney movie the plot was decent and the acting wasn't as bad as I imagined it would be. I don't have any real complaints so I will just leave it by saying for a family flick there are many movies that are worse than this. Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2014
    6
    Race to Witch Mountain is a mildly diverting but forgettable family-friendly flick with no particular good things about it, but no particularly bad ones either. Expand
  5. Mar 27, 2013
    5
    The movie had good actors, the soon to be Hunger Games villain, Alexander Ludwig and well-known AnnaSophia Robb with Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino. Despite the acting talents, the story was boring. Expand
  6. Nov 16, 2013
    5
    Race to Witch Mountain is a bizarre adventure. The action is good but not great and the overall premise is odd. Dwayne Johnson does well and the acting is pretty fair. Nothing bad or great I can really say. Expand
  7. Jan 22, 2012
    4
    While it surely is entertaining, the film is not very good. It provides for action, and plenty of it. It is mostly good enough action, but nothing one hasn't seen before. The story is somewhat intriguing, but ultimately rather flat and obviously cannot survive on its own without the action sequences. The effects were not quite as good as I hoped, and the acting was rather bad. I have to point out that Dwayne Johnson was atrocious in his attempt to act. The kids were much better, though they were no stars either. I don't know, it was entertaining but it was a typical Disney film that did not provide for anything that would make you even scratch your head and think, let along challenge anything. The villains are hyper-villains, the good guys are good, and The Rock is a good cabbie, who happens to be able to kick ass... ah, when unrealistic things are annoying me in a film about aliens, you know something's wrong. But, I guess it's ultimately worth for the action... or is it? Expand

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