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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The Core -- with its by-the-numbers plot and performances -- isn't offensive, just unblushingly tacky and derivative. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a straight-ahead adventure with the usual number of thrills, but with the added virtue of being smarter and more sober than one might expect. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

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

  • 10
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

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

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Core is unabashed Hollywood spectacle, but with a cast of up-from-indie actors that makes the cataclysmic kitsch all the more fun to behold. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Only Stanley Tucci seems aware of the drop-dead stupidity of the plot, and acts up a storm of high camp as the narcissistic scientist. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The real core of The Core is the beautiful friendship between a highly emotive Eckhart and the sacrificial Karyo. Their bond is the best thing to happen to Franco-American relations since SpaghettiOs. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    No one's going to confuse The Core with art -- or even a good film -- but it's 25 minutes longer than "The Hours" and I had at least 25 times as much fun. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    So howlingly awful that it has unwittingly found a place in that elite group of films that can claim to be "so bad they're good." show more

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