Box art for Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

action & adventure, children & family

Three adventurers plunge deep into a strange new realm beneath the Earth's surface where they embark on an amazing voyage and find awe-inspiring sites amidst grave danger.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 8
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Formulaic-but-exciting family action-adventurer.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's plenty for kids to love in this swashbuckling adventure that brings Jules Verne's classic novel to life. Some special effects may be scary for younger tweens, especially the dinosaurs and other creatures that attack humans -- and especially when viewed in 3-D. But there's hardly any swearing and there are plenty of role models, notably a female mountain guide who clearly isn't a damsel in distress.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what the journey means for all three lead characters. On its face, this is a thrilling adventure, but how does it affect them emotionally? Does it bring them closure?
  • Does the movie do Verne's book justice? If so, how? If not, why not?
  • Do you think the movie is trying to convey any particular messages?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: That dinosaur looks like it's popping off the screen! Cool!

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, July 11, 2008

Fresh: Most of the movie, directed by Eric Brevig, is as daft, outlandish, and speedy as it needs to be, and, for all its newfangled effects, touchingly old-fashioned in its reverence for the Jules Verne novel that inspired it.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, July 21, 2008

Rotten: Journey relentlessly dishes out the action and offers the bespectacled audience plenty of goopy, grabby 3-D jolts, but it all resembles a run of the mill video game. Brevig can't shake the material loose from its unbridled artificiality."

- Brian Orndorf,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Cast: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem, Giancarlo Caltabiano, Kaniehtiio Horn, Garth Gilker Director: Eric Brevig Summary: A hunch and the defunding of his lab prompt geology professor Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser) -- whose outrageous theories have made him a laughingstock in academia -- to set off for Iceland in search of a portal to Earth's core. With his sullen teenage nephew (Josh Hutcherson) in tow and a fetching mountaineer (Anita Briem) as a guide, Anderson finds a passageway leading to a vast primordial world at the center of the planet. My Thoughts: "It was OK. The kids really liked it and laughed throughout. It was funny. But definitely more of a kids film. I love Brendan Fraser, and he's really good in these kinds of kid flicks. Josh Hutcherson was good in this as well. The kids really like him from films like Zathura and R.V. It was a cute film, but more for the kiddo's."

- LWOODS04, Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2 stars

Eric Brevig's debut feature might not be anything more than a visually breathtaking adventure film without that much logic or coherence, but it is entertaining ride for the whole family. Especially children will love this non-stop action ride which has suspense, comedy and outstanding vision of world inside the earth in it. Brevig does not even try to make this film anything more than a pure entertainment without too much logic. it is also positive to see that film's lenght is trimmed to minimun. Story this thin would not survived for two hours and everyone involved seems to understand it. Brendan Fraser is mostly ok if slightly over the top in the leading role, but it is Josh Hutcherson and especially Anita Briem as younger adventurers who standout and make their characters worth to hang out with. Still this is not a film for people who are looking for great acting with depth. This is a film made to please the fans of adventure and fantasy films and in that mission Journey to the Center of the Earth mostly succeeds. It might be completely silly and at times even a bit annoying to watch but you got to admire it's visual power and the fast paced rhytm it has. One thing is for sure, you will not get bored while watching it.

- emilkakko, Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2 stars

Here's a perfectly fine, fluffy family movie. Brendan Fraser stars as a science professor who gets stuck with his nephew(Josh Hutchinson) for 10 days. When he is dropped off so is a box of Fraser's late brother Max's'. The box contains a book called "Journey to the Center of the Earth" with notes/directions on how to get to the center of the Earth. So they set off on an adventure to see if the book was real. Shot in 3D(I didn't watch it in 3D), it has a lot of 3D specific special effects, but it never goes too overboard. The effects as a whole, are okay, but nothing spectacular. Well, my one year old did like the dinosaur:-) Really a movie for everyone in the family, as the adults will be entertained, and the kids will be in awe, and love the adventure elements. Perfect for a morning watch when nothing else is on, and you just wanna escape for 90 minutes.

- fb100000145236770, Wednesday, July 4, 2012