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Jurassic Park III Review

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

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Even the special effects alone aren't worth the price of admission.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    Exemplifies Hollywood's standard practice of stomping a brilliant concept beyond recognition.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Has no pretentions to be anything more than a goose-bumpy fantasy theme-park ride for kids, but it's such a routine ride.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Another of many recent Hollywood plotless wonders.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Not as awe-inspiring as the first film or as elaborate as the second, but in its own B-movie way, it's a nice little thrill machine.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

For kids who can handle nonstop action, it's good scary fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like its prequels, Jurassic Park III is nonstop action and violence. There are jump-out-at-you surprises and some gross-out moments. Characters are in extreme peril and several are killed, but the movie is careful not to get rid of anyone we really care about. Some children will nevertheless find it very upsetting, especially because one of the characters is a child. But the child is brave, smart, and resilient, which some kids will find very satisfying. Divorced parents reunite and live happily ever after at the end of the movie, which might give kids the wrong idea about how divorce actually works.

  • Families can talk about Dr. Grant's comment that "Some of the worst things imaginable are done with the best intentions." He also talks about the difference between astronomers and astronauts. Is he right in saying that the difference is between imagining and seeing?
  • Teens: Do you want a career full of action and excitement, or safety and time to think?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Critiques of man trying to play God are embedded throughout, as man's interference in nature has clearly gotten out of control. But these messages are pretty hidden beneath the action and scares.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Some characters have ulterior motives and are dishonest. The child character is brave and resilient.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Characters killed, though none of the central ones. Extremely intense peril with scary dinos throughout.

  • sex false1

    Sex: A brief scene of a woman in her bra.

  • language false1

    Language: Brief mild language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults order drinks in a bar.