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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Adventure . Fantasy . Action . Romance

A rogue prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess (Gemma Arterton) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time—a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world. Based on the action-adventure video game of the same name.

Actors: Gísli Örn Garðarsson , Reece Ritchie , Ronald Pickup , Richard Coyle , Toby Kebbell , Steve Toussaint , Alfred Molina , Ben Kingsley , Gemma Arterton , Jake Gyllenhaal
Directors: Mike Newell
Country: USA
Release: 2010-05-28
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  • Stephanie Zacharek

    It deserves to be seen on a hot Saturday afternoon in a theater (preferably an air-conditioned one) peopled with other people, the way many of us used to see movies as kids.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    On the scale of summer action films, this is to the “Transformers” sequel what an Andy Warhol print is to a first-grader’s refrigerator painting.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This is what a videogame movie looks like now.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ray Bennett

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

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    Mixing old-fashioned content and state of the art effects, this Jerry Bruckheimer production trades ‘pirates' for ‘princes' to revive the swashbuckling, sword fighting spirit of the sort Douglas Fairbanks or Errol Flynn specialized.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    No masterpiece, Persia is fun for exactly as long as it takes to sit through it.

    Time Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Something is going on all the time, even if that something is oftentimes clumsy, nonsensical, or flat. But the sheer whoosh of the story line keeps you watching anyway.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • 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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It's sort of fun, certainly more so than the "National Treasure" pictures, as well as less manic (a little less) than the recent "Mummy" films.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The real standout is Alfred Molina, hamming it up as a desert entrepreneur who races ostriches and avoids paying taxes.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A ditzy film that offers more evidence that good actors, good action and one-liners don’t solve the one thing missing in every movie video game adaptation – a story that makes sense.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    A surprisingly entertaining movie on its own, a strap-yourself-in, suspend-your-disbelief summer popcorn adventure.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Prince of Persia is woven of recycled fibers, but by the slipping standards of summertime entertainment, it's a magic carpet ride.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Ian Nathan

    Its restraint might put off thrill-seekers, but if you can endure the wooden dialogue and sloppy exposition, it musters the entertainment quotient of a middle-order Harry Potter.

    Empire Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    Bruckheimer's passably enjoyable, antiquity-themed epic should satisfy its young male core demographic well enough, but won't connect with other auds on the level of Bruckheimer's "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.

    Variety Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    None of it is thrilling, but Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has a Saturday matinee goofiness that'll go well enough with air conditioning.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The two leads are not inspired. Jake Gyllenhaal could make the cover of a muscle mag, but he plays Dastan as if harboring Spider-Man's doubts and insecurities. I recall Gemma Arterton as resembling a gorgeous still photo in a cosmetics ad.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    May be the first movie that effectively erases virtually its entire story line by the very last scene.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

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

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    It's not the grand scale action-adventure it aspires to be, but this faux epic does offer family-friendly entertainment.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    An energetic if empty-headed adventure based on the popular video game.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • 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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Destined to disappear into the quicksand of time, too innocuous to be hated, too bland to be remembered, just awaiting some bright optimist in a distant future to press the do-over button.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The audience should be given game controllers upon entering the theater. It wouldn't mean the film would make any more sense, but at least you'd feel like you had some say in the matter.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    By no means a great film, but it is an entertaining one, a nearly bloodless, family-friendly throwback of sorts to a cinematic age when Persian palace intrigue, winsome princesses, and ambitious princes ruled the back lots and Errol Flynn was in like, well, Errol Flynn.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Yet Newell, he of "Four Weddings and a Funeral," is ill-suited to steward such sword-and-sandals adventure, his direction--while slightly eschewing modern genre practitioners’ penchant for slicing-and-dicing skirmishes into visual incoherence--is too pedestrian and partial to clumsy slow-mo effects to truly energize the story.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    In Prince Dastan, he (Gyllenhaal) is supposed to be that heady mix of street smarts, roguish charm and barroom moxie with the noble heart of a lion underneath. It's a lot to ask and turns out to be something more than he can deliver.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    For the most part this is perfectly painless mush. The movie is irrepressibly silly -- what were you expecting? -- but a few hours of Mr. Gyllenhaal jumping around in leather and fluttering his long lashes has its dumb-fun appeal.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Josh Levin

    Like most movies in which a central story element doubles as a toy tie-in, Prince of Persia isn't overly burdened by ambition.

    Slate Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Another disposable family entertainment.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Spinning a handsome Disney adventure out of a videogame is a testament to Bruckheimer’s commercial savvy. The fact that it still isn’t particularly good seems beside the point.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • 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.

    NPR Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    A Jerry Bruckheimer–produced video-game adaptation--it has to be good, doesn’t it? (Ya, sarcasm.)

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • David Denby

    Prince of Persia is meant purely as light entertainment, but the way it draws on layers of junk is depressing.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    There's plenty of action, but it's all the same.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • 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.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    An epic example of muddled storytelling, chintzy excitement and scatter-brained execution.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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