'Gulliver's Travels' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   6 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   123 reviews
  • Keith Staskiewicz Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    Gulliver's Travels strips the source material down to its recognizable parts and then builds something completely new out of them. Unfortunately, the result is entirely Lilliputian in ambition, even for a children's movie.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    I was but seldom inspired to peals of true laughter, though I did relish that part when Mr. Black, confronting a fire raging in the Palace of Lilliput, douses the blaze through heroic use of such means as Nature has provided him.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    Truly dire...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    As so often, this diluted Gulliver's Travels is presented as if it were a children's story, clearly influenced by similarly defanged versions of Alice In Wonderland.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    Kids might enjoy some of Black's wacky antics, but adults will tire of them fast.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    25
    I will tell you there's a cast credit for a character described only as "Butt-crack man." Consider yourself warned.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    25
    A migraine inducement that you'd think Jack Black had gotten out of his system years ago.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    50
    It all feels so lazy and familiar that adults may find themselves hoping Black will start to challenge himself again -- and the more swiftly the better.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    What were they thinking? What were they smoking? What were they singing on the way to the bank?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    30
    ...the traditional problem of big-budget family entertainment arises, where the grown-up jokes are too grown-up for the younger kids in the audience and the jokes for kids are too insipid and simplistic to appeal to grown-ups.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    This is live action, and despite the 3-D, it's sorta old-fashioned, not that that's a bad thing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    The cast is enjoyable, with Jason Segel (as Gulliver's lil' pal, Horatio) and Emily Blunt (the local princess) a witty cut above for this sort of thing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    [Black] doesn't have much going for him besides pop-culture references and his own looming girth..
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    38
    A murderously unfunny rethink of the groundbreaking literary satire.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    0
    Some films are phoned in. The staggeringly awful "Gulliver's Travels" was texted.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott Craven Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    The film stumbles along a predictable path, and there is an audible wince when Gulliver says, "These little people have grown large in my heart."
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    A classic ready-made for the era of big-budget 3D spectacle gets the least classy treatment imaginable.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Black was already the world's biggest little kid, and he might be the only actor who could have made this movie such nimble fun. No matter how thin the concept, Black always manages to make it his own.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    38
    Even at 83 minutes (plus a three minute cartoon) it's a drag, another 3D movie for kids in which the 3D adds nothing, merely subtracting from parents' wallets.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    25
    The verdict on Jack Black's mock-rock take on Gulliver's Travels? Not too Swift.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    25
    There is laziness at every turn -- in the writing, in the acting, in the filmmaking. Don't reward these yahoos.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    For a novel written nearly 300 years ago by a dour Irish cleric with a mad-on about the material world and a satiric mindset dark enough to flirt with misanthropy, it's amazing how well Gulliver's Travels travels.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    38
    The chief sin committed by Gulliver's Travels is not that it's a poor adaptation but that its entertainment value is almost nonexistent.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    An effects-driven children's movie enlivened by Jack Black but deadened by over reliance on those effects.
    Full Review » 3 years ago