(2003)

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Metascore

Based on 32 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
The Core is unabashed Hollywood spectacle, but with a cast of up-from-indie actors that makes the cataclysmic kitsch all the more fun to behold.
63
ReelViews
So howlingly awful that it has unwittingly found a place in that elite group of films that can claim to be "so bad they're good."
63
Chicago Sun-Times
I have such an unreasonable affection for this movie, indeed, that it is only by slapping myself alongside the head and drinking black coffee that I can restrain myself from recommending it.
60
Variety
More palatable than most pictures of its ilk due to its keen awareness of its own preposterousness, a self-knowledge exuberantly expressed by a mostly live-wire cast.
60
Chicago Reader
The talented cast--manages to rescue the movie as well as the earth.
60
The similarities between this film and Michael Bay's overblown "Armageddon"are too numerous to ignore; the crucial difference is that this one is actually pretty good.
50
Chicago Tribune
Elaborate misfire, which misuses an unusually good cast.
50
There's a refreshing surefootedness in the way Amiel, his screenwriters Cooper Layne and John Rogers, and most of his actors recognize how preposterous the idea of traveling to the center of the earth in a souped-up Rototiller really is.
50
Baltimore Sun
The real obstacle here is a lack of filmmaking imagination.
38
Charlotte Observer
I've just seen The Core, and I have a piece of advice for Hilary Swank: Don't quit your night job.

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