Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This is what a videogame movie looks like now.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
A handsome, fast-paced and innocuous adventure that's easy to take but lacks epic scale.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
What's missing in Prince of Persia is a sense that all the running, jumping, climbing and fighting is leading to something. The best video games challenge you to reach the next level. Prince of Persia is content to skim the surface.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
How bad is Prince of Persia? Whether or not director Mike Newell is to blame, the action sequences lack verve and scope.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Stitched together from so many other movies that it plays like an attack of multiple déjà vu. Stray bits of “Star Wars,’’ “Pirates of the Caribbean,’’ “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,’’ and “Robin Hood’’ pass by like flotsam, and the overwhelming tone is good-natured but alarmingly generic.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's not the grand scale action-adventure it aspires to be, but this faux epic does offer family-friendly entertainment.
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By Mark Jenkins
What Newell can't seem to do is give Prince of Persia a unifying style, tone or purpose. The film moves well, but doesn't show any motivation other than getting to the next game level.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The lesson here is simple: In the digital realm, the bigger the worse. What looks distinctive and believable in short takes and small doses can turn blatantly phony and deadly familiar when the scale is pumped up. Prince of Persia pumps itself up to the bursting point, and bursts.
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San Francisco Chronicle

As a Jerry Bruckheimer production and a game adaptation, Prince of Persia has every business being jumpy and sequential, and as a frivolous summer popcorn flick it has every business being inane.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
An epic example of muddled storytelling, chintzy excitement and scatter-brained execution.
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50 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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