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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
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  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. RonaldM
    Mar 13, 2009
    9
    Liked it very much. Dwayne Johnson did fairly well in this one. Was liked by entire family.
  2. TeeW
    Mar 23, 2009
    8
    I thought this was a really good movie. Maybe a bit much for smaller children but a good date movie or for tweens. How can you go wrong with The Rock on the screen!?! Expand
  3. PT
    May 30, 2009
    8
    Story was involving enough. Attractive, likable cast. Plenty of action, in fact, the most intense action and violence I've seen in any Disney film. The only flaw for me was the hand-held-camera style in some of the scenes, although some people seem to like that, On the whole, entertaining. Expand
  4. JayH
    Jul 26, 2009
    6
    In spite of many "Disneyisms", it's an entertaining movie. Great pace, good special effects and score. Dwayne Johnson is good. Fun, it always held my interest. Expand
  5. 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
  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. ChadS.
    Mar 14, 2009
    3
    Two stormtroopers get into a cab; two grown men all decked out for a space expo. Apart from setting off my internal Triumph the Comic Insult Dog alarm, this throwaway visual is loaded in semiotic connotations. A certain breed of moviegoer will recognize the historicism inherent in the allocation of the costumed men and cabbie. Armed with prop guns, the underlying subtext of the scene can be construed as "Star Wars" coming to snuff out "Taxi Driver". In other words, this unremarkable scene is enhanced by a filmic metaphor that explicates on how special-effects driven films consigned the sort of personal filmmaking practiced by directors of Martin Scorsese's ilk to a post-Skywalker grave. When Travis Bickle was tormented with insomnia, he put himself on the night shift; whereas Jack Bruno(Dwayne Johnson), while working the heavy bag("Rocky" thrown into sharp relief from the Scorsese classic), declares that he can't sleep, agrees to the long fare(albeit the next day) proposed by two juvenille humanoids as a means of burning off restless energy. A joyless affair such as "Race to Witch Mountain" is just one more progeny from the teat of a certain shark, that heralded the birth of the summer blockbuster, in which an emphasis on spectacle leaves storytelling and character development in the dust. For starters, at some point, shouldn't the taxi driver tell the kids that its "just Jack"(not the too formal Jack Bruno), like the Sean Hayes character on "Will and Grace". "Race to Witch Mountain" spends nary a moment on developing a bond between Jack and the "kids"(following "Starman" as an example, the human should humanize the alien) that would justify the "E.T."-like tears during their overblown parting. To its credit, however, the film has a self-awareness of its own disposability, a la "Mystery Men", when Janeane Garafolo said, "I would like to dedicate my victory to support...those who seek out independent films," has a mainstream film gazed at its own navel and critiqued itself. After Sara(AnnaSophia Robb) tells Jack that humans have the potential to levitate small objects, too; she says, "You humans haven't learned to use your brains to full capacity." True to its word, a film such as "Race to Witch Mountain" won't teach humans to use their brains to full capacity, and maybe Sara's observation was a subversive act of honest authorial commentary. Expand

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