Critics Consensus

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Is Less Than Dino-Mite

Plus, Luke Cage season 2 is Certified Fresh.

by | June 21, 2018 | Comments

This weekend at the movies, we have man yet again refusing to understand that life, uh, finds a way (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard). What are the critics saying?


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) 47%

For a film franchise built around the inherently awesome idea of dinosaurs resuming their rightful place atop the food chain and wreaking havoc on the modern world, the Jurassic Park movies have suffered a surprising number of ups and downs. While the 1993 original — based on Michael Chrichton’s 1990 bestseller — was an all-around smash, subsequent Jurassic works saw diminishing returns, with 1997’s The Lost World and 2001’s Jurassic Park III failing to recapture the magic with critics as well as filmgoers. The series rebounded with its fourth entry, 2015’s Jurassic World, which introduced a new cast (led by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard) contending with the legacy of the beasts unleashed in the original trilogy, starting a new chapter in the saga that’s now continued with this weekend’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It’s a rebooted story, but some aspects of the franchise have stayed the same — including, unfortunately, its varying critical mileage. While far from disastrous, reviews describe a sequel that struggles to take the Jurassic audience into new or truly exciting territory; aside from that inherently awesome premise, there isn’t much to warrant a fifth installment in the series. All of which is to say that whatever its storyline deficiencies might be, this is still a summer action thriller about dinosaurs, and if you’re in the mood for that kind of thing, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom will probably just about get the job done.


What’s New on TV

Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 2 (2018) 85%

Marvel’s Luke Cage nearly matches the successes of its debut season with a satisfyingly complex narrative and a solid ensemble cast led by Alfre Woodard‘s standout performance as the archvillainess Black Mariah.


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

Tag Cloud

Hulu telelvision historical drama Stephen King vampires disaster Watching Series a nightmare on elm street 2020 TCA A24 cats cancelled TV series comics DirecTV travel OWN Nat Geo chucky Tomatazos reboot supernatural festival target 71st Emmy Awards blaxploitation Rocketman Esquire blockbusters mcc TV Land Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Warner Bros. animated MSNBC serial killer pirates of the caribbean new york biography San Diego Comic-Con Hear Us Out Music basketball Turner Classic Movies ghosts Teen HBO Go talk show comic books Polls and Games black comedy Chilling Adventures of Sabrina gangster Neflix elevated horror Comedy twilight adaptation witnail Universal Pictures BBC America free movies Adult Swim Spectrum Originals Peacock Super Bowl Emmy Nominations TNT Reality Competition dc Britbox TCA Awards Character Guide stand-up comedy all-time YouTube Universal Opinion worst movies politics Fox News renewed TV shows Certified Fresh christmas movies HBO live action Hallmark A&E Black History Month war 24 frames mission: impossible indiana jones vs. king kong Netflix Christmas movies CBS All Access japanese young adult marvel cinematic universe Funimation period drama Syfy Mary Tyler Moore Ovation series Apple TV Plus Animation blockbuster TCA Winter 2020 rt archives breaking bad facebook Pride Month Pixar science fiction justice league spy thriller razzies award winner Fargo Comic Book Star Trek Anna Paquin cartoon anthology PlayStation FXX kaiju quibi Television Critics Association IFC sequel 45 rt labs Legendary robots sequels DC Universe Drama Black Mirror FX on Hulu Film Festival batman documentaries toy story posters miniseries Toys international Elton John Academy Awards independent Marathons Horror jurassic park remakes BET Awards cancelled TV One streaming 2015 child's play critic resources Tokyo Olympics football space Tumblr green book worst know your critic dexter Calendar 2017 women genre TV USA Network Showtime Television Academy Winter TV GIFs dogs 2019 Marvel Television VOD japan spinoff halloween thriller Tarantino 90s TLC Shondaland classics Comics on TV spanish language revenge OneApp boxing Marvel Studios popular Amazon Prime Video die hard comic deadpool Western aapi Summer rotten Pacific Islander crime drama ITV directors comiccon dceu trophy aliens true crime Sci-Fi IMDb TV TCM medical drama Interview hidden camera finale ratings Cannes fresh Avengers 2016 children's TV doctor who cars The Walking Dead Disney El Rey Extras RT21 halloween tv Mary poppins Discovery Channel Fall TV name the review Mystery CNN legend NBC scary movies game show archives DC Comics Logo stoner south america Winners indie Holidays Cartoon Network wonder woman video on demand Broadway Exclusive Video History 2021 dragons emmy awards Song of Ice and Fire 93rd Oscars Apple IFC Films NBA Spring TV crime SXSW documentary diversity AMC obituary docudrama psychological thriller heist movie BBC Food Network Spike FOX YouTube Red romance Amazon Studios screenings Emmys Marvel mutant Acorn TV adenture 99% slashers Premiere Dates game of thrones Awards The Academy Disney Channel dreamworks Infographic Paramount Network cancelled TV shows stop motion best Photos YouTube Premium Endgame golden globe awards nbcuniversal boxoffice cancelled television reviews New York Comic Con Trailer hollywood Star Wars high school Trivia Apple TV+ American Society of Cinematographers singing competition The Witch The Arrangement Creative Arts Emmys Ghostbusters films Disney streaming service Dark Horse Comics Paramount SundanceTV President Starz comic book movies hist Cosplay 73rd Emmy Awards TV renewals debate olympics 007 Chernobyl Hallmark Christmas movies Oscars james bond zombie ABC Signature Action Ellie Kemper Image Comics mockumentary Amazon australia BAFTA Turner X-Men Mindy Kaling black suspense kong action-comedy news HBO Max franchise new star wars movies ESPN parents TV movies satire ABC Family Heroines Sundance TV Martial Arts golden globes critics TCA 2017 binge hispanic heritage month FX 4/20 laika zero dark thirty dramedy Musicals movie technology docuseries political drama Country scary sag awards ViacomCBS what to watch nfl Brie Larson hispanic CMT Superheroe casting Crunchyroll adventure DGA TBS leaderboard ABC Travel Channel screen actors guild spider-man Pirates spain sitcom BBC One comedies venice DC streaming service book Fox Searchlight E3 theme song The Walt Disney Company Pet Sematary tv talk Mudbound king arthur fast and furious Binge Guide Mary Poppins Returns transformers 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards scorecard Lionsgate sports Valentine's Day Comic-Con@Home 2021 harry potter canceled TV shows Schedule ID Election LGBTQ Alien universal monsters GLAAD Tubi GoT Women's History Month Disney Plus The CW sopranos Kids & Family scene in color The Purge romantic comedy Nickelodeon royal family cops feel good joker unscripted Rock BET CBS E! TIFF Video Games Walt Disney Pictures Lucasfilm Trophy Talk based on movie Sneak Peek foreign CW Seed Lifetime Christmas movies concert Amazon Prime jamie lee curtis Masterpiece dark AMC Plus monster movies cooking toronto new zealand rotten movies we love Writers Guild of America versus Vudu godzilla Instagram Live VICE spanish YA VH1 First Reviews comic book movie police drama National Geographic superhero 72 Emmy Awards Bravo cinemax 2018 USA teaser saw rom-coms MCU Superheroes latino Lifetime psycho Thanksgiving composers RT History Paramount Plus First Look Arrowverse french strong female leads Shudder Sundance werewolf Classic Film zombies 21st Century Fox Countdown MTV Columbia Pictures superman LGBT Baby Yoda italian crime thriller kids Set visit Reality trailers WGN television PaleyFest Freeform Wes Anderson Musical streaming movies Quiz Pop TV Rocky Sundance Now social media Red Carpet Year in Review Netflix spider-verse Box Office slasher Captain marvel SDCC criterion Crackle 1990s movies cults Film book adaptation See It Skip It Podcast mob WarnerMedia anime canceled lord of the rings Awards Tour crossover NYCC asian-american rt labs critics edition nature Nominations Family discovery Pop 20th Century Fox Grammys Fantasy Sony Pictures Disney+ Disney Plus Comedy Central Biopics art house Rom-Com festivals PBS Holiday APB Christmas prank marvel comics TruTV biopic Epix video richard e. Grant live event Best and Worst natural history