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  • Summary: Famous scientists around the world have mysteriously disappeared, and reporter Polly Perkins (Paltrow) along with ace aviator Sky Captain (Law) are on the investigation. Risking their lives as they travel to exotic places around the world, can the fearless duo stop Dr. Totenkopf, the evil mastermind behind a plot to destroy the earth? Aided by Frankie Cook (Jolie), commander of an all-female amphibious squadron, and technical genius Dex (Ribisi), Polly and Sky Captain may be our planet's only hope. (Paramount) Expand
  • Director: Kerry Conran
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 106 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. 100
    In its heedless energy and joy, it reminded me of how I felt the first time I saw "Raiders of the Lost Ark." It's like a film that escaped from the imagination directly onto the screen, without having to pass through reality along the way.
  2. 89
    Everything here from costuming and production design to the note-perfect score from Edward Shearmur works in tandem to create not so much a film as a singular and joyous tribute to a vanished age when wonder only cost a nickel and played three time daily at the Bijou.
  3. Gloriously retro, unashamedly celebratory of the joy of moviemaking and the love of old-fashioned heroism.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    70
    Conran takes the ghosts in his machine seriously, and the results appear at once meltingly lovely and intriguingly inhuman.
  5. Missing beneath its fabulous surface, however, is anything like a beating heart.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Worse, the story is so thin and clichéd, it seems as if a computer wrote the screenplay and a robot directed it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 91
  2. Negative: 37 out of 91
  1. Jun 27, 2013
    7
    I had not read about the movie before watching it and was fascinated within the first several minutes and continued to enjoy it through to the end. This movie's unique look and feel is its primary vehicle.

    If you are looking for a sophisticated plot, this movie was not made for you. The plot and acting were adequate enough to avoid ruining the visual picture. The makers applied a comic book feel to the movie that allowed for softer edges and sepia tones, both with the animated sets and the human characters. If a set does not look completely realistic, the viewer is not troubled because the set is consistent with everything you see in the movie.
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  2. Apr 6, 2013
    5
    There's plenty to applaud Sky Captain for; the visual design is unique and it doesn't feel as though it's been put through a rigorous test audience mill but it's incredibly dull. Best taken for what it is: an ode to pre-war serials. Expand

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