100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This movie is one of the most relentlessly nonstop action pictures ever made, with a virtuoso series of climactic sequences that must last an hour and never stop for a second. It's a roller-coaster ride, a visual extravaganza, a technical triumph, and a whole lot of fun.
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80

Empire

By Ian Nathan
The sustained furore of humour, visual panache and headlong momentum makes for dazzling cinema.
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75

Slant Magazine

Temple of Doom doesn't so much pay tribute to the serial adventures of yore as it does embody them. Here, frivolity and evil blithely coexist—and women are a lot more likely to scream than win drinking contests.
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70

Time

By Richard Corliss
The new film is more an embellishment than an improvement on the snazzy Raiders.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Indy's companions are weak; we don't identify with them the way we did with Marion and Sallah. There's less action and more overt comedy, and neither change works to the benefit of the story.
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63

Miami Herald

By Bill Cosford
What Spielberg does is use the Lucas tricks to propel an old-fashioned fantasy, played broadly enough so that the laughs come as easily as the thrills. [23 May 1984, p.B1]
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60

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
Watching it is like spending a day at an amusement park, which is probably what Mr. Spielberg and his associates intended. It moves tirelessly from one ride or attraction to the next, only occasionally taking a minute out for a hot dog, and then going right on to the next unspeakable experience.
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50

Newsweek

By Jack Kroll
Spielberg has gone to such lengths to avoid boredom that he has leaped squarely into the opposite trap: this movie has such unrelenting action that it jackhammers you into a punch-drunk stupor. This may be the first movie whose audience O.D.'s on action. [4 June 1984, p.78]
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40

Variety

By Todd McCarthy
Spielberg is such a talented director it’s a shame to see him lose all sense of subtlety and nuance.
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

The heroic irony that was hilarious in Raiders is merely ridiculous here, and the half-tribute/half-parody of the adventure genre is toyed with to threadbare extremes. [23 May 1984]
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57 out of 100
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