Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Full Movie Reviews

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Indyfreak
Indyfreak
Movie God

Rating of
3/4

It'sstill the mileage that counts, right?

Indyfreak - wrote on 07/23/2014

As the number one fan of the Indiana Jones franchise on the planet (or as my ego tells me so) I loved this movie when it first came out. I saw it in theaters, bought the dvd, watched the dvd, and I still watch it on TV if it was on.
I'll admit now that it's got some major problems. I hate how reality catches up all the time with you.
As someone who obsesses over all things related to Indiana Jones and related merchandise, I'll give some backstory. First off, neither Ford nor Spielberg wanted to do a fourth film. Granted Ford would do it if Spielberg was up to it but Spielberg was not up to it. None of the potential scripts were good enough for him except for one written by Frank Darabont (the guy who made those Stephen King movies?) in the 1990s. But of course, that one was rejected …

MovieAddict
MovieAddict
Producer

Rating of
3/4

“The space between spaces”

MovieAddict - wrote on 12/25/2012

"If you want to be a good archaeologist, you've got to get out of the library."

I had a fun time watching this movie. Sure it's not perfect, but you know what, I don't care. What’s an "Indiana Jones" movie without a bit of far-farfetchedness? Our whip-wielding, snake-loathing screen hero in spite of his aging is in fine form. He is approached by a young biker rebel named Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf). Mutt has been ordered by his mother and an old college eccentric to ask for Indy's help in tracking down the tomb of a long lost conquistador who went missing searching for the fabled city of El Dorado.

Many ingredients seem familiar: jungles, deserts, nasty insects, ancient tombs, hair-raising chases, gallons of water, the greedy villain being killed by supernatural powers as we are …

Yojimbo
Yojimbo
Movie God

Rating of
2.5/4

"The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 03/30/2012

The Crystal Skull was always going to have an uphill battle. Like The Terminator, Alien and Star Wars franchises Indiana Jones has become iconic and almost a sacred cow to those of a certain generation. But the fact is, viewed in their own right, Terminator 3 and Alien 3 were very well made and entertaining films; they just never stood a chance because of the inevitable comparisons with their predecessors. The same is true of this film. The fact is it retains the feel of the series reasonably well and still featuring Harrison Ford and the consummate skill of Spielberg as it does, it was never going to be bad. The script is the obvious weak point, it really just being a pastiche of the previous three films with some sub-Stargate style nonsense about aliens tacked on, but LeBeouf makes an …

Nolane
Nolane
Producer

Rating of
4/4

A great Indiana Jones adventure

Nolane - wrote on 03/20/2012

While this movie has a few flaws, all of the complaining about this movie is amazing. I was just thrilled to see Indiana Jones in action again, and even a 67 year old Harrison Ford can still kick serious ass. Indiana Jones is easily the coolest character in the history of movies. Setting the movie in the 1950s makes perfect sense and the plot involving "ancient aliens" is exactly the sort of thing Indiana Jones would get involved in. Everybody complains about the alien angle (mostly to bash George Lucas I guess for no real reason), but they only appear in the movie for about 30 seconds. The rest is classic Indiana Jones, with great action sequences and top notch technical credits. Its also perfect to have the character of Marion Ravenwood back and Shia Le Beouf if fine as well. …

hawkeye6287
hawkeye6287
Movie Star

Rating of
1/4

South Park hit the nail on the head with Indy Rape

hawkeye6287 - wrote on 07/20/2009

Where to start with this film - well the first 15 mins are not too bad. I didn't actually mind the nuking of the fridge to much. Sure it was ridiculous but Indiana films have never been that down to earth. Ford has still got it as Dr Jones and LaBeouf was not as irritating as I thought he would be.

That is that can be said in this films favour, I can find nothing else nice to say about it. The plot was ridiculous, and I'm not talking about the involvement of aliens - we've had voodoo, Ark of the convenant etc so aliens are no more outrageous. But what the hell were they thinking with Ray Winstones character - i'm good, i'm bad, i'm good again - only joking i;m bad , it just got tedious. John Hurt should be embarrassed that he took his part he was perhaps the worst of a group of …

The Movie Man
The Movie Man
Director

Rating of
3.5/4

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The Movie Man - wrote on 05/13/2009

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a well crafted and very fun joyride that seemed like it took forever to get made. I'm a fan of the franchise, except for The Temple of Doom, and i was so excited to see this film, I can now say that i was not disappointed. The cast is great with Harrison Ford (at age 66!) still delivering a good performances and apparently doing his own stunts!. I've been saying for years that Shia Lebeouf is the best "young" actor, he is good and funny as well in his part. It was also exciting to see Karen Allen back, while pretty brief, still good. However, the scene stealer of the film is Cate Blanchett as Irina Spalko, her character is so fun to watch and she is (as always) so good. The Action is outstanding, especially the last half hour of …

TommyL31
TommyL31
Rising Star

Rating of
2.5/4

Too cheesy to be mentioned with the originals

TommyL31 - wrote on 04/17/2009

Disappointing for an Indiana Jones flick but an ok action movie. It was obvious that whoever had the idea for this new Indiana Jones movie (probably Spielberg) just wanted some more money because this movie at times seemed a spoof or cliche of the Indiana Jones movies. It borrowed/rehashed too many Indy conventions to the point of seeming hokey. They tried to wrap up way too many loose ends that no one even considered loose ends until they were reintroduced in the movie (did we really need to bring Marion Ravenwood back?).

The storyline is way too sci-fi and not enough supernatural religious like previous Indy movies (even Temple of Doom). It seems like it would've been easy to come up with a better/more suitable premise for the new Indiana Jones movie and leave this silliness to …

Franz Patrick
Franz Patrick
Movie God

Rating of
4/4

Comparable to the First Three

Franz Patrick - wrote on 07/26/2008

Well, I thought it was brilliant. I can't help but laugh (or scoff) whenever I read or hear comments like, "The magic that was present in the first three films are gone!" Well, it's been nineteen years; what did they expect? Personally, I'm a die-hard "Indiana Jones" fan and I embraced this film fully, despite its flaws. I thought it was highly entertaining because of the chase sequences, the return of Harrison Ford and Karen Allen, and that legendary theme song. The actor that made this film that much more special is not Shia LaBeouf (although I wouldn't mind seeing him star as the next Indiana Jones of some sort because he was interesting here), but Cate Blanchett. She never ceases to disappoint no matter what movie she's starring in, but I can tell that she had a lot of fun with this …

Arek
Arek
Producer

Rating of
3/4

Entertaining

Arek - wrote on 06/25/2008

The movie delivers exactly what's promised - a lot of entertaining but far-fetched action, eye candy, interesting characters, linear but appealing storyline, and some well timed splashes of comedy. Yes, the story is largely a re-hash of Raiders of the Lost Ark (the villains faces and flag on their armbands have changed, the treasure they are hunting to help them control the world is slightly different, and it’s a decade or so later), but its still great entertainment.

It’s no surprise that Harrison Ford carries this movie - after all this was the role he was born to play. Still, I can't quite help comparing it to Raiders, and thinking how much better the first installment was. I was particularly disappointed with Mud (aka Shia LaBeouf), whom I much preferred in some of his …

Taz
Taz
Producer

Rating of
3/4

Indy is Still Great After All These Years

Taz - wrote on 06/02/2008

This was a good movie. I am a HUGE Indiana Jones Fan so I loved it. As any action movie dose it has some very unrealistic parts (I am looking at you Shia LeBeouf and your vine swinging) but you don't go to an Indian
Jones movie to see realistic. The story was fun and the action was great and since it is a Spielberg film you know it has a happy ending. They did an excellent job of making Harrison Ford still look like an action star. Ford carries the movie very well and still has great comedic timing as always. I think if this had not had Indian Jones attached to it I would have liked it but not nearly as much as I did with Indiana Jones in it. So to round this out If you are an Indiana Jones fan then go see this in the theater if not rent it when it comes out on DVD.

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