• Released
  • June 9, 1993
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 6 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Suspense/Thriller
  • 344 Fan Ratings
100

Empire

So the script and the performances aren't exactly Oscar material, but it scarcely matters given that the real stars here are the ILM-created dinosaurs, a miracle of modern moviemaking.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
One great monster movie. [11 June 1993, Daily Notebook, p.C1]
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As a flight of fantasy, Jurassic Park lacks the emotional unity of Spielberg's classics ("Jaws," "Close Encounters," "E.T."), yet it has enough of his innocent, playful virtuosity to send you out of the theater grinning with delight.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Spielberg's must-see is so wondrous at depicting things that go crunch in the night that its human characterizations and pokey exposition seem astonishingly halfhearted… On a "people" level, Park isn't “Jaws,” but on a jolt level - oh, yes, it is. [11 June 1993, Life, p.1D]
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Colossal entertainment -- the eye-popping, mind-bending, kick-out-the-jams thrill ride of summer and probably the year.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Given the complexity of attitudes and the ambiguous take on the family represented in such Spielberg films as “E.T.'' and “Poltergeist,'' the bland affirmations of Jurassic Park seem platitudinous and insincere. He's forcing it here, and it shows. [11 June 1993, Friday, p.A]
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
There's only one kind of movie that Spielberg has truly mastered: the kind that looks like a wide-screen video game complete with loony plot twists and mind-bending special effects. And that's Jurassic Park down to its bones. [11 June 1993, Arts, p.12]
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The biggest weakness of the novel is characterization, and the same flaw is fully evident in the screen adaptation.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie delivers all too well on its promise to show us dinosaurs. We see them early and often, and they are indeed a triumph of special effects artistry, but the movie is lacking other qualities that it needs even more, such as a sense of awe and wonderment, and strong human story values.
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25

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Perfectly passable kiddie escapism. It has a thrill or two, and a chill or three, but it has no poetry, little sense of wonder, no resonant subtext (Jungian or otherwise), no art... When it's over, it's gone. Extinct.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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