Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is here because, as well all know, life finds a way to milk a franchise for all its worth. That might very well be the case for the fifth Jurassic movie which, if you’re going by the critics’ reactions, is just about outstaying its welcome, despite its impressive action and lead cast. Read on to find out what they think – and make sure you check out our very own Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom review (opens in new tab). Minor spoilers follow…
Fallen Kingdom isn't as impressive as its classic predecessors - The Guardian (opens in new tab) (2/5)
“There are some reasonably entertaining scenes and set pieces, but the whole concept feels tired and contrived, and crucially the dinosaurs themselves are starting to look samey, without inspiring much of the awe or terror they used to. It could be that a meteor of tedium is heading towards these CGI creatures, despatching them to extinction.”
Fallen Kingdom chooses to get all political - Variety (opens in new tab)
“Yes, it’s the first cautionary dinosaur-trafficking movie — and at certain points you may find yourself ticking off the themes. Greed gone rampant among the globalized gilded class? Check. The sinister potential of genetic engineering? Check. The need to protect endangered species? Check. The privatizing of military action? Check. The eerie implications of cloning? Check. The danger of weaponized dinosaurs? Check.
I didn’t find any of this stuff especially “fun,” though the cast members certainly treat the political/genetic/social fodder as if it meant something.”
Fallen Kingdom treads old ground - AV Club (opens in new tab) (Grade: B-)
"These movies often literally retread the same ground as their predecessors, encountering layers of detritus from those other movies in the process. (The original Jurassic Park cars are briefly rediscovered here, just as they were last time around.) The thematic work of Fallen Kingdom is scribbly and half-finished, a series of dopey riffs on what came before about humans living with the consequences of their scientific meddling."
Is Fallen Kingdom better than Jurassic World? - AP (opens in new tab)
"Here’s the good news: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is more fun than Jurassic World. It’s not exactly a high bar, but still a welcome surprise. In the hands of a new director, J.A. Bayona, with Chris Pratt’s high-wattage charisma on full blast and a fair amount of self-aware humor intact, there are certainly worse ways to spend a couple hours in the air-conditioned multiplex this summer."
So, about Bryce Dallas Howard's character, Claire... - THR (opens in new tab)
"While the movie courses seamlessly through different modes, it remains old-fashioned in its treatment of Howard's character, who mostly screams and runs while Owen gets things done. Claire has grown up a lot since her debut as Jurassic World's soulless corporate climber, but she remains a damsel in distress who (this time, as last) gets to perform a single far-fetched heroic feat when things are at their most dire."