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Mixed or average reviews- based on 84 Ratings

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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. Dec 22, 2012
    7
    The story is highly improbable, not credible (pigeons tearing bullet holes through plate glass windows[!?!], hysterical, ill-trained "terranauts", a terraship infinitely more complicated than the "Manhattan Project" built in 90 days, static electrical storms that feature lightning strikes that blow up things instead of going to ground) BUT the story was FUN! It was a hell of a ride if we can turn off our skeptical minds for a couple of hours. The production values were excellent. The principle actors and their director did really well with a comic-book script. Swank, Eckart, Tucci were great and their interplay with the others in the crews of the ship and "Houston-on-Surface" were the credible features of the film.
    Think about it this way: had you gone with your kids, they would have loved it! The "zero" reviewers need to lighten up. My 8 year old gave it a "ten" and her pleasure was good enough for me. I give it a borderline pass and a score of 65.
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  2. Apr 6, 2014
    6
    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?
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  3. Mar 7, 2012
    0
    The label of "science fiction" doesn't mean you get to do whatever you want and expect audiences to believe it.

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