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Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Chicago Sun-Times
In its heedless energy and joy, it reminded me of how I felt the first time I saw "Raiders of the Lost Ark." It's like a film that escaped from the imagination directly onto the screen, without having to pass through reality along the way.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Sky Captain is a gorgeous, funny, and welcome novelty.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
The film's save-the-world scenario may be the stuff of crusty cliff-hangers, its imagery may be borrowed, and its jaunty dialogue anything but deep, but there's something exhilarating going on here. It's darn sublime.
88
Chicago Tribune
Conran has got himself a looker, with Paltrow in soft focus, the whole world larger than life and a title that, said in the proper low-pitched voice, conveys the tone of the film: exuberant, idiosyncratic and timeless.
88
Premiere
Conran's Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a pastiche of everything from "King Kong" to "The Wizard of Oz," a movie that escalates to a breathless cliff-hanger every 20 minutes or so and reinvents itself with every reel.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Other than the actors, their costumes, and a few props, everything in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is digital illusion, and the effects are often exhilarating.
63
New York Daily News
Missing beneath its fabulous surface, however, is anything like a beating heart.
50
A lovingly rendered visual treat struggles with indifferent direction and torpid plot.
50
It's a gimmick, it's not a movie.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
The movie is like one of those newfangled Vegas casinos, where what appears to be open sky is really painted ceiling. What's initially dazzling becomes stifling.
50
Worse, the story is so thin and clichéd, it seems as if a computer wrote the screenplay and a robot directed it.
50
Wall Street Journal
The best way to see Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow -- if you see it at all -- is as an interesting experiment that failed.

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