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A Sound of Thunder Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 0

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    So perfect in its awfulness, it makes one seriously consider a theory of unintelligent design.

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  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A gloriously lead-footed excursion into time travel with all the accoutrements of 1950s science fiction: an absurd plot, cliched characters, corny effects and a race against time to save mankind.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The cliché-laden dialogue, schlocky special effects and predictable plot are derivative; the movie is overwrought and lacks suspense.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The ending seems predestined, and the overlong, tepid journey getting to that point isn't worth the price of admission.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A Sound of Thunder may not be a success, but it loves its audience and wants us to have a great time.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Ridiculous at every level. Save your money.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is dismally inept: the special effects are laughably bad and the plot is incoherent. What's more, it features violence in various forms: Time travelers shoot and kill dinosaurs, and they're menaced by variously mutated creatures (half primate/half reptile, flying batlike monsters, large roach-like insects). These scenes -- in the dark among trees, in a dark and flooded subway tunnel -- might be frightening for younger viewers. A couple's one-night stand is indicated by his emergence from the bedroom in his boxers, while she appears only partly covered. One character shoots himself in the head (not graphically, but obviously), and another sacrifices himself to a herd of creatures in order to save his friends.

  • Families can talk about the poor planning by the time-traveling, so-called scientists: how can they imagine their hunting of prehistoric creatures won't affect the future (their present) in some way? How does Travis recover his sense of self-confidence and -respect by saving the world?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Sheer stupidity, corporate greed, what amounts to unnamed male prostitution.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Wholly ridiculous, including battling with badly digitized creatures (dinosaurs, monkey creatures, bat creatures), shooting at prey, a suicide shoots himself in the head (not explicit, but obvious).

  • sex false3

    Sex: Before and after Edward Burns "services" a woman client offscreen, he appears in boxers.

  • language false3

    Language: Multiple uses of "ass."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Starbucks-looking coffee shop.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, smoking.