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Jurassic Park III

action & adventure, children & family, sci-fi & fantasy

Adventure runs wild when renowned paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) agrees to accompany a wealthy adventurer (William H. Macy) and his wife (Téa Leoni) on an aerial tour of Isla Sorna.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
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4 out of 5

For kids who can handle nonstop action, it's good scary fun.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like its prequels, Jurassic Park III is nonstop action and violence. There are jump-out-at-you surprises and some gross-out moments. Characters are in extreme peril and several are killed, but the movie is careful not to get rid of anyone we really care about. Some children will nevertheless find it very upsetting, especially because one of the characters is a child. But the child is brave, smart, and resilient, which some kids will find very satisfying. Divorced parents reunite and live happily ever after at the end of the movie, which might give kids the wrong idea about how divorce actually works.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Dr. Grant's comment that "Some of the worst things imaginable are done with the best intentions." He also talks about the difference between astronomers and astronauts. Is he right in saying that the difference is between imagining and seeing?
  • Teens: Do you want a career full of action and excitement, or safety and time to think?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Adam Nayman, eye WEEKLY, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fresh: An efficient and surprisingly palatable finale to the Jurassic franchise.

- Daniel Etherington, Film4, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: An all-action, helter-skelter, don't-forget-to-buy-the-computer-game ride that makes the two previous installments look like models of classic filmmaking.

- Derek Elley, Variety, Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I liked this one more than the others. I don't know why though. It's just how I am.

- CreedsDelight, Thursday, June 23, 2011

2 stars

And ladies and gentlemen, here is the definition of a useless sequel. The first 2 films were based on 2 excellent novels, and the third film is literally the parts cut from the first 2 books that didn't get put into the first 2 films, condensed and re-written for a cash grab. And it's not even a good cash grab. The new characters range from boring to highly unlikable (Tea Leoni's character will NOT SHUT THE EXPLETIVE UP EVER WHEN SCREAMING). You can miss out on this one, it has none of the charm the first 2 have.

- fb100001493964409, Wednesday, April 27, 2011

3 stars

Jurassic Park III is a much needed improvement over The Lost World. While The Lost World was visually stunning of course, the film lacked the strong dramatic and story elements that made the first one such a classic. This third entry directed by Joe Johnson is a worthy addition to the saga. I enjoyed this third part more than The Lost World. I thought that Jurassic Park III had a much better storyline than The Lost Boys, and also it brought back a few dramatic elements which made the first entry so great. Johnson crafts a phenomenal blockbuster and he is a terrific director and he's a worthy successor to Spielberg. Jurassic Park III has polarized fans of the original, and it's understandable. Sam Neil and Laura Dern return and personally I thought that it made the film better. They delivered the best performances of the first film along with Richard Attenborough. Goldblum meanwhile is a has been and his last good film was Independence Day which incidentally came out the same year as the average The Lost World. Jurassic Park III is a film that Jurassic Park fans can take or leave it. I enjoyed this picture and I thought it made the best elements of the first two, but it was toned down slightly, which really isn't bad. But the film is of course less epic in scope than the original as CGI dinosaurs are no longer anything new or exciting. Jurassic Park III has an improved storyline than the second and decent enough acting and good enough action to keep you entertained. I just wouldn't call this one garbage, I think it's too strong a word to use. I'd say this film is an above average Sci Fi Action Adventure that you can either take it for what it is or leave it as average sequel. There are far films out there. If you're looking for a fun popcorn flick, Jurassic Park III delivers the goods that The Lost World lacked.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, April 24, 2011