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Jack the Giant Slayer

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 1 hour 54 minutes (114 minutes)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Not

Awful,

Not

Wonderful!

But

Likeable.

3.5 out of 5

Jack the Giant Slayer Review

What's Good:
Entertaining sequences.
What's Bad:
Digital effects and uninteresting, mild story
Verdict:
The film is like a big Disneyland ride, full of wonder and myth.
Watch or Not:
Watch it if you have the time, and love animation movies.

Audience Ratings for Jack the Giant Slayer

54.0%
81 Ratings
1 2 3 4 5
hate it don't like it it's ok it's good it's great

Plot Summary

"Jack the Giant Killer" tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend--and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

Critics Reviews for Jack the Giant Slayer

48 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 33 | Positive Review: 16 | Negative Review: 17 | Average Rating: 2.9/5

The script sets up the situation and characters nicely, and the actors are terrific.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 1, 2013 Full Review
Stephen Whitty
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Although it often feels there's more of mechanics than the muse keeping Jack the Giant Slayer going, this sprightly fairy tale reworking is full of beans, smartly written and packs plenty of fun.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 1, 2013 Full Review
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

While it's fine for a director to explore his childhood inspirations, you hope he would bring something a bit more personal to it.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 1, 2013 Full Review
Liam Lacey
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

"Jack" seems designed to appeal to a very narrow, and possibly illusory, demographic: the mature moppet.
Critic Score: 1.5/4

March 1, 2013 Full Review
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Not awful, not wonderful, Jack the Giant Slayer is a midrange fairy tale epic that's a lot more ho-hum than fee-fi-fo-fum.
Critic Score: C+

March 1, 2013 Full Review
Peter Rainer
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Jack the Giant Slayer is slight, but consistently amusing.

March 1, 2013 Full Review
Tom Charity
Tom Charity
CNN.com

The movie feels so much like a video game that your fingers instinctively itch to do something, though a Jack video game isn't one we'd really want to play.

March 1, 2013 Full Review
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine

"Jack the Giant Slayer" seems more likely to be "Jack the Giant Bomb."
Critic Score: C-

March 1, 2013 Full Review
Tom Long
Tom Long
Detroit News

It's fast paced, energetic, and enormously likeable.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 1, 2013 Full Review
James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Singer's take on ye olde yarne has wit about it, and it certainly looks good.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Steven Rea
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

There may never have been a Jack tale that delivered so little pleasure for so many dollars as what we have here.
Critic Score: 1/5

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

What's the point of making a movie with a 9-year-old boy's sensibility, then including just enough violence to garner a PG-13 rating?
Critic Score: 1/4

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

Jack's problem is that he's a commoner, but the movie's problem is that its script is commoner still, an enchantment-free pretext for animated action, straight-ahead storytelling and ersatz romance.

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

"Jack the Giant Slayer" is the kind of old-fashioned, entertaining fantasy-adventure you once saw regularly in theaters.
Critic Score: 3/4

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Rafer Guzman
Rafer Guzman
Newsday

There's more to this Jack and the Beanstalk adaptation than Fee-fi-fo-fum.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Claudia Puig
Claudia Puig
USA Today

It feels like a film made by a committee, for a demographic rather than an audience. It's a tale full of sound and fury (and flying bodies) signifying nothing.
Critic Score: 2/4

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Colin Covert
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This finally is just a digitally souped-up, one-dimensional take on "Jack and the Beanstalk," capped by the kind of interminable blowout that makes many big-studio entertainments feel as long as the last Oscars.
Critic Score: 2.5/5

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Manohla Dargis
Manohla Dargis
New York Times

At its heart, the film is just a simple fairy tale, an epic reduced to an engaging adventure of a bedtime story.
Critic Score: 6/10

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Ian Buckwalter
NPR

This digitally tricked-out fairy tale makes for a reasonably engaging kids' fantasy, but at best we're talking about a junior varsity "Lord of the Rings."
Critic Score: 2.5/4

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith
New York Post

This grotesque world is imaginatively, magically rendered with heavy stone architecture and a dreary lack of adornment. It's such an intriguing place that you wouldn't mind staying a bit longer.
Critic Score: 3/4

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Randy Myers
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News

Big and loud and so bland it kinda feels like we've been sold a bill of goods.
Critic Score: 2/5

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Jack the Giant Slayer proves the axiom "If you can't make it good, make it 3D."
Critic Score: 2/4

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The director, Bryan Singer, works more anonymously here than he did in the X-Men films. Jack the Giant Slayer feels like it could have been made by anyone.
Critic Score: C+

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Owen Gleiberman
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

If you thought the tale ended when Jack clambered back down from the skies, then you haven't given it as much thought as Singer.
Critic Score: 3/4

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Tom Russo
Boston Globe

It's stuck in a big-budget-movie middle ground - not quite thrilling enough to be an action movie, not quite funny enough for a comedy - and, once you've pondered the impressive size of the beanstalk, there's not much else there.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

By the time the giants have descended the beanstalk and laid siege to the king's castle, and the boiling oil comes out with the flaming arrows and the flying flaming trees, it's like: Enough already.
Critic Score: 2/4

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

The action is a little too intense for very young children. But for everyone else, including cynical grown-up critics who didn't think they'd ever give a Fee, a Fi, a Fo or a Fum about this movie, it's a terrific adventure.
Critic Score: 3.5/4

February 28, 2013 Full Review
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

[M]ay get you habitually reaching for your PS3 controller to jab the cut-scene skipping "X" button
Critic Score: C+

February 27, 2013 Full Review
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com

The film is like a big Disneyland ride, full of wonder and myth.
Critic Score: 4/5

February 27, 2013 Full Review
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

''Jack the Giant Slayer'' ends up being smart, thrilling and a whole lot of fun.
Critic Score: 3/4

February 27, 2013 Full Review
Christy Lemire
Christy Lemire
Associated Press

Fee-fi-fo-fum, this fairy-tale retread is pretty dumb.

February 26, 2013 Full Review
Justin Chang
Justin Chang
Variety

Simply in terms of efficient storytelling, clear logistics and consistent viewer engagement, Jack is markedly superior to the recent "Hobbit."

February 26, 2013 Full Review
Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter

Singer evokes another era of fantasy filmmaking when the illusions before our eyes were created in an artist's studio rather than a computer lab. It's more Jason and the Argonauts than Shia and the Transformers.

February 26, 2013 Full Review
Scott Foundas
Village Voice

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