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The Core 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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  • 10

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Built from an alloy of absurdium and stupidium, with the latter, heavier element dominating the mix.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    In dashing Indiana Jones style, Eckhart gets to be a hero.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's a schlockier ''Armageddon'' crossed with ''Fantastic Voyage,'' minus the fun.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

This is a big, dumb, explosion movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has sustained and intense peril. There's widespread destruction, and many characters are killed. There's some strong language, including the obligatory single use of "f--k" permitted in PG-13 movies. There are female and African-American characters who are exceptionally talented but who have had to face obstacles to their professional advancement. Diverse characters work together well.

  • Families can talk about whether they think that future generations will have the technology to access the Earth's core.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Many characters killed. Intense peril.

  • sex false0

    Sex: None.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking.