Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
In its heedless energy and joy, it reminded me of how I felt the first time I saw "Raiders of the Lost Ark." It's like a film that escaped from the imagination directly onto the screen, without having to pass through reality along the way.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Sky Captain is a gorgeous, funny, and welcome novelty.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The film's save-the-world scenario may be the stuff of crusty cliff-hangers, its imagery may be borrowed, and its jaunty dialogue anything but deep, but there's something exhilarating going on here. It's darn sublime.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Other than the actors, their costumes, and a few props, everything in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is digital illusion, and the effects are often exhilarating.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
No one has really been asking for a fusion of "Independence Day," Fritz Lang's "Metropolis," and an old Buck Rogers serial, but here it is anyway, and the only thing keeping it from greatness is a good story.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Missing beneath its fabulous surface, however, is anything like a beating heart.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
The movie is like one of those newfangled Vegas casinos, where what appears to be open sky is really painted ceiling. What's initially dazzling becomes stifling.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The best way to see Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow -- if you see it at all -- is as an interesting experiment that failed.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Worse, the story is so thin and clichéd, it seems as if a computer wrote the screenplay and a robot directed it.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's a gimmick, it's not a movie.
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64 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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