'The Core' Critic Reviews

55%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
41%
Rotten Tomatoes:   173 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    It's a schlockier Armageddon crossed with Fantastic Voyage, minus the fun.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Elvis Mitchell New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    The brazen silliness of The Core is becalming and inauthentic, like taking a bath in nondairy coffee creamer. The Earth core's inability to turn is mirrored in the cast's inability to give the picture any spin.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
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  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    Jules Verne this isn't, but it makes for fairly diverting escapist fare.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Rita Kempley Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Sloppily made, poky, extra cheesy adventure.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    A two-hour pleasure cruise.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    The Core is such a feat of go-for-broke heroism and you-gotta-be -kiddin'-me ridiculousness that it almost qualifies as a feel-good diversion -- with just a quarter of the runaway jingoism of your average disaster extravaganza.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Ed Park Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Undigestible fusion of worst-case earth science and leaden pacing.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
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  • Bruce Westbrook Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    50
    When taken as an old-fashioned adventure with a comic-book plot, The Core works well. But at 130 minutes it wears out its welcome, and like Earth's balky core, it sputters and stalls.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    59
    An enjoyable, forgettable film.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    I have such an unreasonable affection for this movie, indeed, that it is only by slapping myself alongside the head and drinking black coffee that I can restrain myself from recommending it.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Good science fiction awakens a sense of awe, and even mediocre sci-fi sometimes manages wonder. But The Core does neither.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    The Core is unabashed Hollywood spectacle, but with a cast of up-from-indie actors that makes the cataclysmic kitsch all the more fun to behold.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    0
    The Core is formulaic Hollywood swill done on such an epic scale of incompetency, it must be seen.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Kathy Cano Murillo Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    Despite its predictability, The Core offers a healthy serving of suspense and special effects.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    More palatable than most pictures of its ilk due to its keen awareness of its own preposterousness, a self-knowledge exuberantly expressed by a mostly live-wire cast.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    No one's going to confuse The Core with art -- or even a good film -- but it's 25 minutes longer than The Hours and I had at least 25 times as much fun.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    40
    This is one shelved project that should have stayed on the shelf.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    40
    There's a marked absence of panic in The Core.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    25
    The only pressing burden in this deep interior world is the question: What in or on Earth is a cast this good doing in a movie this ridiculous?
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
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  • David Edelstein Slate (Top Critic)
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  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    So howlingly awful that it has unwittingly found a place in that elite group of films that can claim to be 'so bad they're good.'
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    It's a popcorn movie with brains.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
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