• Released
  • March 28, 2003
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 16 min
  • Action/Adventure
  • 5 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Scientists and astronauts must set off a nuclear device at the center of the Earth.

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Critic Ratings

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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The Core is unabashed Hollywood spectacle, but with a cast of up-from-indie actors that makes the cataclysmic kitsch all the more fun to...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a straight-ahead adventure with the usual number of thrills, but with the added virtue of being smarter and more sober than one might...
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The real core of The Core is the beautiful friendship between a highly emotive Eckhart and the sacrificial Karyo. Their bond is the best...
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
No one's going to confuse The Core with art -- or even a good film -- but it's 25 minutes longer than "The Hours" and I had at least 25...
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I have such an unreasonable affection for this movie, indeed, that it is only by slapping myself alongside the head and drinking black...
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Core -- with its by-the-numbers plot and performances -- isn't offensive, just unblushingly tacky and derivative.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
In dashing Indiana Jones style, Eckhart gets to be a hero.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's a schlockier ''Armageddon'' crossed with ''Fantastic Voyage,'' minus the fun.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Only Stanley Tucci seems aware of the drop-dead stupidity of the plot, and acts up a storm of high camp as the narcissistic scientist.
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10

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Built from an alloy of absurdium and stupidium, with the latter, heavier element dominating the mix.
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Rated PG-13 | For Sci-Fi Life/Death Situations and Brief Strong Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ This is a big, dumb, explosion movie.
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