It's great to see an action-adventure family film with heart as well as humor, whimsy alongside wisdom, and a compelling narrative. Full Review
The New York Times
One of the few recent movies I have seen that plunged me into that rare, giddy state of pleasurable confusion, of not knowing what would happen next, which I associate with the reading and moviegoing experiences of my own childhood. But there is no reason that children should have a monopoly on this primal, wonderful experience. Full Review
New York Daily News
A great family movie, with a terrifically empathetic young hero, strong messages about the powers of familial love and friendship, buried treasure and enough action to keep the little ones from getting bored. Full Review
It's smart, strange, unpredictable, and defies the formulas that typically define this sort of motion picture.
Wall Street Journal
One would have to be totally tone-deaf not to notice that the director, Andrew Davis, has inflicted a broad cartoon style on adult performers who are distinctly uncomfortable with it. Full Review