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Jurassic Park Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 4.0
    68

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie delivers all too well on its promise to show us dinosaurs. We see them early and often, and they are indeed a triumph of special effects artistry, but the movie is lacking other qualities that it needs even more, such as a sense of awe and wonderment, and strong human story values.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The biggest weakness of the novel is characterization, and the same flaw is fully evident in the screen adaptation.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Given the complexity of attitudes and the ambiguous take on the family represented in such Spielberg films as “E.T.'' and “Poltergeist,'' the bland affirmations of Jurassic Park seem platitudinous and insincere. He's forcing it here, and it shows. [11 June 1993, Friday, p.A]

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Spielberg's must-see is so wondrous at depicting things that go crunch in the night that its human characterizations and pokey exposition seem astonishingly halfhearted… On a "people" level, Park isn't “Jaws,” but on a jolt level - oh, yes, it is. [11 June 1993, Life, p.1D]

  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    As a flight of fantasy, Jurassic Park lacks the emotional unity of Spielberg's classics ("Jaws," "Close Encounters," "E.T."), yet it has enough of his innocent, playful virtuosity to send you out of the theater grinning with delight.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 12 & under

Terrifyingly realistic dinos run amok in sci-fi landmark.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids who watch Jurassic Park will see lots of people -- and a few innocent animals -- being hunted and eaten by very realistic-looking dinosaurs, but there's little actual blood and gore (although one somewhat gruesome scene involves a severed arm). There's tons of suspense, many "jump" scenes, and some chases/crashes; basically, the characters -- including children -- are in near-constant peril. (All of this is made more intense in the 3-D version, though the effects aren't as overbearing as some newer 3-D releases.) Expect a bit of mild swearing (as well as one "s--t") and some smoking and drinking, too. In the less intense environment of home, kids as young as 9 may be able to handle the fright factor with an adult at hand, but sensitive children should skip this one.

  • Families can talk about how movies blur the line between science and science fiction, sometimes giving out misinformation in the process. Since it's not really possible to clone dinosaurs, why use cloning as a plot device?
  • Does using headline-grabbing scientific concerns make a story more believable -- and thus more thrilling? How can you find out which parts of a story are really based in science and which are made up?
  • What makes Jurassic Park scary? What's the difference between horror and suspense? Which has more impact on you, and why?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Just like Frankenstein, there's an underlying message about the dangers of playing God. But through teamwork, determination, and smarts, the main characters triumph. They also learn and change; Alan learns how to protect/care for the children, and the kids learn to survive in the wild.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: The two children are intensely likable, smart, and brave; the adults protect them and each other at every turn. Other characters are flawed and/or have problematic motives, but they all seem to learn a lesson one way (learning from their mistakes) or another (becoming dino food).

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Plenty of people and a few innocent animals are eaten by realistic dinos. There's little actual blood and gore, but the scare factor is high, and one gruesome scene involves a severed arm. Suspenseful scenes of the kids being hunted by dinosaurs are particularly intense. Chases, crashes, constant peril.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not applicable

  • language false3

    Language: Infrequent swearing includes two "s--t"s, plus "hell," "crap," "damn," "son of a bitch," "goddamn," "and oh my God."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: A few brands are seen -- Barbasol, Ford, Apple. Also plenty of Jurassic Park merchandise available, and there are other movies in the franchise.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A secondary character smokes regularly. Rare drinking by adults.

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