'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow' Critic Reviews

63%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
72%
Rotten Tomatoes:   207 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    A gorgeous, funny, and welcome novelty.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    When Sky Captain remembers that storytelling and characters matter more than design and special effects, it charms as well as impresses.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    A clever parlor trick but a dull movie.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    A $70 million novelty item.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    This is a sophisticated movie, but one whose sophistication is surprisingly simple-minded.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    The only thing keeping it from greatness is a good story.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Ed Park Village Voice (Top Critic)
    His nostalgia enabled by technology, Conran takes the ghosts in his machine seriously, and the results appear at once meltingly lovely and intriguingly inhuman.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    63
    Missing beneath its fabulous surface, however, is anything like a beating heart.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    75
    Half of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a film of breathtaking vision and craftsmanship, a work of art that both summarizes the early history of cinema and takes it brilliantly, shimmeringly forward. The other half is not.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    67
    A film to look at but not always listen to. But the impact of many of its images is worth all the rest.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    This pulp fantasy spectacle is a fond tribute to beloved Movies -- with a capital M.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    It's like a film that escaped from the imagination directly onto the screen, without having to pass through reality along the way.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Allison Benedikt Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    Drawing from a well of pulp fiction, film noir and comic book imagery -- not to mention influences from The Wizard of Oz to Fritz Lang's Metropolis -- Conran and crew evoke a highly stylized 1939.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This debut feature by Kerry Conran is a triumph not only for its technical mastery but for its good taste.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    Sublime.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jeff Strickler Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    As the novelty wears off, it becomes increasingly apparent that what's going on in the background is more interesting than what's happening in the foreground.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    A technological wonder from beginning to end.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    A diverting if lightweight adventure.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Such an interestingly silly movie that I found myself idly wondering what particular audience was being targeted with its peculiar conceits and infinitude of special effects.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Hybrid of old Hollywood conventions and advanced digital technology is arresting at first but gradually trails off under the weight of its hyper-derivativeness and anxiety to please.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    A breathtakingly beautiful sci-fi adventure.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    40
    The visuals are something, the story something less.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    60
    With its silky textures and fluffed up fake-studio imagery, Sky Captain is like a big warm pillow that threatens to smother you in downy gorgeousness.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    What begins as childlike and filled with wonder ends as childish and fraught with tedium.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Ultimately seems more like a fancy mechanical toy than a work of art we can warm up to.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
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