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Jack the Giant Slayer

Adventure . Action . Fantasy

The story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend–and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

Actors: Ralph Brown , Bill Nighy , Warwick Davis , Ewen Bremner , Eddie Marsan , Ian McShane , Stanley Tucci , Ewan McGregor , Eleanor Tomlinson , Nicholas Hoult
Directors: Bryan Singer
Country: USA
Release: 2013-03-01
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  • Richard Roeper

    A rousing, original and thoroughly entertaining adventure.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Randy Cordova

    One reason it works so well: The film always looks believable, and it’s easy to get wrapped into Singer’s fairy-tale world.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    By the standards of today's bombastic "event" movies, this is a refreshingly modest endeavor—one in which the main event is the skillful holding of our attention, all the way from "Once upon a time" to "Happily ever after."

    Village Voice Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Jack the Giant Slayer is an enjoyable fantasy/adventure whose magic is partially undermined by marginal 3-D.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    A giant chef character is an icky bit of inspiration (complete with booger humor to soothe any shell-shocked young’uns in the audience), and the monsters are key to an epic-scale third act. If you thought the tale ended when Jack clambered back down from the skies, then you haven’t given it as much thought as Singer.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    There's little facetious comedy a la the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series. It's all traditional stuff, done well but without an original spark.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Ultimately, it’s hard and a bit pointless to nitpick Jack The Giant Slayer because it never sets out to be or presents itself as anything more than a slightly beefed up fairy tale.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Peter Jackson devotees may not like to hear this, but Jack the Giant Slayer is far more accomplished, visually speaking, than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Snooze, I mean, Journey.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Vivid visuals are the key to this handsome and moderately entertaining adventure. And the tone is more fairy-tale appropriate than video-game friendly, though the effects-laden swashbuckling sometimes obscures efforts at light whimsy.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    This digitally tricked-out fairy tale makes for a reasonably engaging kids’ fantasy, but at best we’re talking about a junior varsity “Lord of the Rings.” It’s March. What did you expect?

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    For all Singer’s expertise at making the fantastic real, all we’re left with here is an expensive-looking bauble – worth looking over, but not really anything to treasure.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • David Hughes

    Far from the giant mess you’d expect from the delayed release, late title change and a production history as muddled as the source material, Singer’s tall tale is snatched from disaster by an all-hell-breaks-loose third act.

    Empire Full Review
  • Paul Bradshaw

    Not one for cynics or bedwetters, if you’re after a ripping, roaring, thigh-slapping giant of a fairytale, Bryan Singer’s blockbuster panto will be right up your beanstalk.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    So many blockbuster movies are impersonal, micromanaged hashes that Jack, with its bare minimum of craft and commitment, comparatively comes off like a diamond in the rough.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Ian Buckwalter

    The film's main problem — apart from its predictability and the sometimes unconvincing and cartoonish CGI for the army of giants — is that it never entirely commits to what kind of fantasy movie it wants to be.

    NPR Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    It’s fast, rousing, and blessedly brief.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Not awful, not wonderful, Jack the Giant Slayer is a midrange fairy tale epic that’s a lot more ho-hum than fee-fi-fo-fum.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    This is how a fairy-tale movie gives us our money's worth today. Even if once upon a time, it was called overkill.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    It is highly likely you’ll forget the movie by the time you go to bed. Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    The technology is undeniably there to make a credible beanstalk fly into the heavens, and giants that are utterly grotesque and vividly threatening. But how about something we can take our kids too? Doesn’t anyone want them to be there?

    Time Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    While it’s fine for a director to explore his childhood inspirations, you hope he would bring something a bit more personal to it. Instead, Jack the Giant Slayer, while well-crafted, feels entirely generic.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Jack's problem is that he's a commoner, but the movie's problem is that its script is commoner still, an enchantment-free pretext for animated action, straight-ahead storytelling and ersatz romance.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    If it drifts with increasing frequency it’s because, well, this finally is just a digitally souped-up, one-dimensional take on Jack and the Beanstalk.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    A competent but utterly unnecessary retelling of the story.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's a bloodless, gutless piece of PG-13 fodder, geared to go down easy. That it does. It practically evaporates while you're watching it, lulling when you most want it to levitate.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The film is ruled by sound and fury signifying an attempt to launch a new franchise.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Louis Black

    A terrific cast, intelligent direction, state-of-the-art special effects, a strong story, and skilled narrative construction all end up being much ado about not very much.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Jack the Giant Slayer feels, unsurprisingly, like an attempt to cash in on a trend, recycling storybook characters, situations and battle sequences to mechanical and wearyingly predictable effect.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    As is, the slapstick humor and mild repartee won't please many with a mindset above that of a 10-year-old, while the level of (admittedly fantastical) violence might be a bit much for the pre-teen set.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    The extra shading is nice, but it doesn’t change the degree to which Jack The Giant Slayer feels like a paint-by-numbers story.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    A director as talented as Singer (“The Usual Suspects,” “X-Men”) should be working to raise popcorn movies to a higher level. Instead, this uninspired effort feels like a colossal letdown.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Too scary for very young children, yet too silly for most older fans of director Bryan Singer’s earlier forays into the Superman and X-Men franchises, “Jack” seems designed to appeal to a very narrow, and possibly illusory, demographic: the mature moppet.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    With some momentary exceptions, Jack the Giant Slayer simply isn't any fun.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    By the end, I was adding my own internal "Deadwood"-style profanities to McShane's clean dialogue. "For the sake of the (God-@#$%) kingdom, cut it (the @#$%) down!" Movies about mile-high beanstalks shouldn't require additional audience imagination.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Jack the Giant Slayer is merely cable TV fodder waiting to happen and not worth a hill of beans, magic or otherwise.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    This epic waste of $190 million plunders the grab bag of overused plotlines, failing to put its own stamp on much of anything.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • David Denby

    Singer honors a child's desire not only for adventure but for noble deeds, for loyalty and friendship. [18 March 2013, p.87]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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