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  • Summary: Clive Cussler's master explorer Dirk Pitt (McConaughey) takes on the adventure of his life when he embarks on a treasure hint through some of the most dangerous regions of West Africa. Searching for what the locals call "The Ship of Death," a long lost Civil War battleship which protects a secret cargo, Pitt and his wisecracking sidekick (Zahn) use their wits and clever heroics to help Doctor Eva Rojas (Cruz) when they realize the shop may be linked to mysterious deaths in the same area. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
  1. 75
    I enjoyed this movie on its own dumb level.
  2. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    About as good as a big, stupid American action movie can be without ever being anything better than a big, stupid American action movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Saddled with more industry/celebrity baggage than a high-class safari voyage, Sahara is a rousing and only occasionally ridiculous adventure yarn.
  4. 50
    Sahara doesn't waste time on introductions. It wastes time in other ways.
  5. 50
    It's not that Sahara is offensively bad: It's just that the picture, loud and busy as it is, never really finds its own identity.
  6. 40
    This perfectly distracting, ultimately unsatisfying film feels like a James Bond flick in which the stand-in got the lead.
  7. A stunning piece of work--stunningly inept, stunningly incoherent, stunningly awful in every single way imaginable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 63
  2. Negative: 10 out of 63
  1. D.A.
    Jan 31, 2009
    When "It's a Wonderful Life" came out, it was considered a grand flop, as well! It took 30+ years - by sheer fluke of luck - for that beautiful film to be recognized as the incredible gem we all now know and love... and I do LOVE this movie!! Sahara has great humor and chemistry and it just works. Still, timing is everything, and it simply wasn't this movie's time, unfortunately, because I would have loved to have seen McConaughey, Zahn, Macy, and Rainn Wilson work together again on this fantastic franchise. Expand
  2. Sep 3, 2014
    Sahara has plenty of action and comedy. Sahara is in the style of The Mummy and Raiders Of The Lost
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  3. Apr 29, 2011
    I *will not* see this film trashed! This was a ripper of an adventure that should have been much more successful than it was. Indiana Jones with a wry smile. James Bond with tongue very firmly-in-cheek. Dashing and goofy rolled into one. Perhaps audiences didn't quite know what to do with this film?? It just hit the balance perfectly, imho, between being a couple of adventurers who happen upon a dastardly plot and a pinch of a slightly daffy comedy. This was undeniably a cut-above most films of its ilk -- and how few there are. I consider it a real tragedy that it wasn't more successful and that Sahara 2 will never be made. Expand
  4. SteveP.
    Feb 10, 2006
    every once in a wile, we need to get away from all the political rederick, deep meaning, and hidden mediphors of the film industry. some times movie viewers just want a ride, a action packed, joke filled, little adventure. Films like indana jones, leathle wepons, and Sahara. it's not award winner, but it is fun to watch. i'm gald that not EVERYONE in hollywood a critic pleasing, award winning MOVIE SNOBBS. and still have the capibility to make a good holsome adventure film for the family. see it! Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Nov 12, 2005
    A fun adventure that's worth a ride, but it OD's on improbability every now and then.
  6. JuniorB.
    Mar 7, 2007
    This movie is ok if there is nothing else on tv i guess. McConaughey once again shows that he can only play one character - good ol southern boy, cocky, too cool for school(i'm guessing that's must be his real personality).The HD-DVD version has amazing picture quality which is the main reason i gave it a 6. Also Penelope Cruz was very nice to look at. BTW who picked the songs for this movie? Matthew McConaughey himself using his dazed and confused leftovers tracks. Expand
  7. Spankaccount
    Aug 31, 2005
    Hollyweird schlock at it's worst, but held together with decent visuals. Not worth a rent. That said, my 13 year old loved it.

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