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Metascore

Based on 38 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
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.
75
This is what a videogame movie looks like now.
75
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.
70
A handsome, fast-paced and innocuous adventure that's easy to take but lacks epic scale.
63
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.
50
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.
50
It's not the grand scale action-adventure it aspires to be, but this faux epic does offer family-friendly entertainment.
50
How bad is Prince of Persia? Whether or not director Mike Newell is to blame, the action sequences lack verve and scope.
40
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.
30
Wall Street Journal
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.
25
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.
20
An epic example of muddled storytelling, chintzy excitement and scatter-brained execution.

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