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

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 8
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 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
Educational value
2 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

Surprisingly light and easy to watch. completely fantastic fare with decent effects, something kids will enjoy and ooooh and awwwe over.

- jmanard52, Monday, December 29, 2008

2 stars

Horrible casting with an equally proportioned horrible directing. Nice visuals, but over-all could have been better.

- Gx7, Sunday, September 19, 2010

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Friday, July 23, 2010