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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
  1. The surprise is that it's one of the most exciting and enjoyable disaster epics to come out of Hollywood in some time.
  2. It's a straight-ahead adventure with the usual number of thrills, but with the added virtue of being smarter and more sober than one might expect.
  3. 67
    With a less popcorn-friendly cast and some cheesy special effects, this is a surprisingly engaging, sometimes foolish but often roughly intelligent film.
  4. 50
    The pacing is brisk-something wacky happens every couple of minutes, the editing crisp and the effects promising. Then disaster strikes: the first act gives way to the relative witlessness of the second and third.
  5. 50
    The Core -- with its by-the-numbers plot and performances -- isn't offensive, just unblushingly tacky and derivative.
  6. 40
    It’s just not quite bad enough to be considered good, although Stanley Tucci’s hairpiece comes awfully close.
  7. Built from an alloy of absurdium and stupidium, with the latter, heavier element dominating the mix.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 56
  2. Negative: 29 out of 56
  1. AlexandraE.
    Nov 4, 2008
    This movie was a fast. Quick, pace thriller. I cannot believe the awful reviews they gave tom this movie. I loved it. I really did. The Core showed me that everything that is impossible can be possible. Don't listen to the critics of those who just like movies with woman. Listen to me... You are going to LOVE it! Expand
  2. Justine
    May 12, 2006
    I loved it.
  3. MollyC.
    Oct 6, 2007
    I really liked this movie. Sure, it wasn't as deep as "Truman Show", but it was gripping and the characters were better than in "Poseidon". And no, if you are a physical scientist, who just stumbled over this movie by chance: do not watch it! It is not the most truthful movie in the world! But then, which movie Hollywood ever produced was? Expand
  4. AngelaC.
    Aug 30, 2007
    This movie is quite interesting.. But then it's really impossible for them to go onto the core!! their ship must have melt even if they're still on the mantle!! haha... but it really made me laugh! Expand
  5. Apr 6, 2014
    The characters are a bit arrogant and the USA is "of course" the only country, who can save the world. This movie could be more interesting or have a better atmosphere, which I think is quite important for a space movie. The science isn't so important for me since it's still a science-FICTION-movie. But I unfortunately miss a (deep) meaning to this movie.

    I don't know why people think "Armageddon" would be better. Has it more "cool" scenes? Because unlike it, "The Core" has more serious characters, some mysterious scenes and even a more interesting travel. Why should "Armageddon" deserve some Oscar-nominations and "The Core" not even a simple nomination?
  6. TYQBB
    May 10, 2006
    Not a bad film, but the story is simply too stupid. Going to the core of the earth? That is total rubbish. However, at least there is some excitment.
  7. HamishS.
    Mar 31, 2007
    Wow. I hope no one got paid for writing this. This has got to have one of the worst plots of any film with some of the biggest holes ever (no pun intended). Expand

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