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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's a gimmick, it's not a movie. show more

  • 50
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    The movie is like one of those newfangled Vegas casinos, where what appears to be open sky is really painted ceiling. What's initially dazzling becomes stifling. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Worse, the story is so thin and clichéd, it seems as if a computer wrote the screenplay and a robot directed it. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The best way to see Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow -- if you see it at all -- is as an interesting experiment that failed. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The film's save-the-world scenario may be the stuff of crusty cliff-hangers, its imagery may be borrowed, and its jaunty dialogue anything but deep, but there's something exhilarating going on here. It's darn sublime. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Missing beneath its fabulous surface, however, is anything like a beating heart. show more

  • 80
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Other than the actors, their costumes, and a few props, everything in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is digital illusion, and the effects are often exhilarating. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    In its heedless energy and joy, it reminded me of how I felt the first time I saw "Raiders of the Lost Ark." It's like a film that escaped from the imagination directly onto the screen, without having to pass through reality along the way. show more

  • 88
    Chicago Tribune

    Conran has got himself a looker, with Paltrow in soft focus, the whole world larger than life and a title that, said in the proper low-pitched voice, conveys the tone of the film: exuberant, idiosyncratic and timeless. show more

  • 88
    Peter Debruge Premiere

    Conran's Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a pastiche of everything from "King Kong" to "The Wizard of Oz," a movie that escalates to a breathless cliff-hanger every 20 minutes or so and reinvents itself with every reel. show more

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