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5,587 Ratings

Jurassic Park

Directed by Steven Spielberg
United States, 1993


A wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. He invites a team of experts to experience the park and help calm anxious investors. However, the park is anything but amusing as the security systems go off-line and the dinosaurs escape.

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Jurassic Park Directed by Steven Spielberg

Critics reviews

Director Steven Spielberg’s mastery of special effects has rarely been more seamless (or necessary) than in this blockbuster about the blockbuster era; the moral is that the wonders of technology are best handled with care, and it’s buried in the filmmaking itself… Jurassic Park is, above all, tremendously fun, from the John Williams score to, yes, the chomping T-Rex. It’s the first of three Spielberg movies to make our list.
October 05, 2017
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It now looks very much like a pivotal moment in Spielberg’s career—not just chronologically, or in its success, which was colossal, even industry-deflecting in reestablishing Spielberg as the titan of pop cinema and giving the CGI era its clarion blast. Jurassic Park is its own work of theatre and self-dramatization, paying tribute to the ageless wish to see something truly awesome and to actually satisfying that desire.
July 13, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Jurassic Park

    The sad spectacle of mainstream film criticism and the digital mise-en-scène which erupted over audiences via Spielberg's 'big bucks cinema', find in this cinematically paleontological film (no formal depth) the apogee of ideology as dumbfounded human beings gaze at dinosaur genetic 'resuscitation'. Thus, genetics at the service of prehistory is not an unexpected message from Hollywood's 'end of history' thesis.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Jurassic Park

    One of Spielberg's finest moments as a director. A movie full of wide eyed adventure, heart pounding thrills and suspense and sly humour courtsey of shirtless man-candy Jeff Goldblum. Williams score is also a standout. And the FX are mindblowing for its time.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Jurassic Park

    "Jurassic Park" is the rare summer blockbuster that gets to have its cake and eat it too: as a child, the film is a thrill-a-minute rollercoaster ride, equal parts terror and wonder. As an adult, the screenplay reveals its deeper layers and subtext. The movie is at once a capitalist critique - while at the same time tacitly admitting to the audience's face, "We're going to make a fortune off this place."

  • Trevor Tillman's rating of the film Jurassic Park

    "Life finds a way." It's all about making babies—a stark deviation from the original text that speaks to Spielberg's preoccupation with fatherhood. Here, creation isn't an act of sheer will but rather something that's not ultimately up to us. Just as the dinosaurs evolve to breed, Dr. Grant evolves into a paternal figure. The silent resolution to his character in the final shots is pure, Old Hollywood cinema.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Jurassic Park

    Spielberg is an exception to the auteur mold. He handles his spectacle films in a way that often makes him equally an artist and an entertainer, yet often only seems at home in B-concepts with an A-grade approach, as his more dramatic work often wallows in over-sentimentality when melodrama rears its head where it shouldn't be allowed. Thus, Jurassic Park marries its complex themes/metaphors with sensationalism.

  • ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film Jurassic Park

    I won't forget this film. I can't forget it. I remember seeing this at a friend's house on a VHS and having my jaw drop. It wasn't even the special effects, since this is the first blockbuster I ever saw. I lacked the context of it's impact. I was just in love with it's excitement, its sense of awe, the wonderful build up, etc. And hey, it's genuinely frightening. T-rex and Dilophosauros are walking nightmares.

  • House 0f Leaves's rating of the film Jurassic Park

    He watered down the novel to make a kid's movie, thereby alienating me, but there remain inspired scenes that still touch the kid in me. Despite the script and casting issues, there is magic there. Showed it to my four-year-old yesterday. She loved it. Happy.

  • KarstenM's rating of the film Jurassic Park

    Rewatched "Jurassic Park" in 3D, projected on a huge screen in a 1000 seat large cinema here in Oslo; and it all holds up. Such a fantastic spectacle, and with that elemental, bazinian "truth" to its extraordinary images... 65 million years in the making. Complete masterpiece in its genre; and just as entertaining and vivid 20 years later. Classic.

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