Reviews for this film from our members:
Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online
Excerpt: There’s no magic in this beanstalk.
Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
Excerpt: While it never dips beneath watchable and remains polished for all but its prologue, Jack the Giant Slayer is too ordinary and forgettable for all the time and money spent on it.
Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
Excerpt: Neither musty enough to seem like a charming throwback nor complex enough to work well as a reimaginging.
Bob Cashill @ Popdose.com
Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
Excerpt: “Jack the Giant Slayer” is an entertaining, high energy romp, which oddly doesn’t seem to have an original thought in it.
Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
Excerpt: [I]t’s a very good thing the giants are as effectively villainous as they are; otherwise, the movie, for the most part, would be a predictable, uninspired affair.
Kate Erbland @ MSN Movies
Takis Garis @ www.moviesltd.gr [Greek]
Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
Excerpt: Family friendly yet derivative – and too scary for young children
Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
Excerpt: Keeps trying to fly off into potentially fascinating directions and then getting yanked back into a mushy mediocrity…
Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
Excerpt: Most of ‘Jack’ unfolds like a bad roadshow production of The Mouse That Roared … In Gargantua, however, the fantasy loosens up and for a wee bit feels like LOTR as restaged by Monty Python.
Piers Marchant @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Excerpt: Bryan Singer’s latest action thriller proves itself capable of both action and thrills.
Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
Excerpt: It’s not perfect, but Jack the Giant Slayer delivers some primo giant-y goodness, which I found irresistible.
Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
Excerpt: …watching the finished product, with its transparently fake landscapes and B-level effects and harsh green screen over-lighting, has the effect of watching a well-meaning but horribly produced high school play.
Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
[New – 9/19] | Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest
Excerpt: As a so-called larger-than-life puffy fantasy, poor Jack does not slay giants so much as he tackles the elements of midget-sized mediocrity.
R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine
Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
Excerpt: While Jack the Giant Slayer, the latest from X-Men and Usual Suspects-director Bryan Singer, doesn’t exactly turn into the cinematic equivalent of a multi-car pile-up, it does suffer from trying too hard to be centrist, to maintain a position between two different things, and ends up not being as good as it should be for it. Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
Excerpt: A rousing adventure; exciting, adventurous and just plain fun. Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian] Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
Excerpt: A surprisingly deft, enjoyable variation on the old tale.
Pete Vonder Haar @ Houston Press Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephiles
Excerpt: Like a roller coaster that one has ridden a dozen times, Jack the Giant Slayer offers a soothing kind of excitement, but no genuine surprises or risk.
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