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Jurassic Park

action & adventure, drama, sci-fi & fantasy


Genetically engineered dinosaurs run amok at a tycoon's island amusement park. Based on Michael Crichton's novel.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    93%
  • Audience Score
    90%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 12
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Terrifyingly realistic dinos run amok in sci-fi landmark.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids who watch Jurassic Park will see lots of people -- and a few innocent animals -- being hunted and eaten by very realistic-looking dinosaurs, but there's little actual blood and gore (although one somewhat gruesome scene involves a severed arm). There's tons of suspense, many "jump" scenes, and some chases/crashes; basically, the characters -- including children -- are in near-constant peril. (All of this is made more intense in the 3-D version, though the effects aren't as overbearing as some newer 3-D releases.) Expect a bit of mild swearing (as well as one "s--t") and some smoking and drinking, too. In the less intense environment of home, kids as young as 9 may be able to handle the fright factor with an adult at hand, but sensitive children should skip this one.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how movies blur the line between science and science fiction, sometimes giving out misinformation in the process. Since it's not really possible to clone dinosaurs, why use cloning as a plot device?
  • Does using headline-grabbing scientific concerns make a story more believable -- and thus more thrilling? How can you find out which parts of a story are really based in science and which are made up?
  • What makes Jurassic Park scary? What's the difference between horror and suspense? Which has more impact on you, and why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    93%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    90%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: That T. rex is worth the wait, but the wait itself is even more memorable.

- Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fresh: The characters aren't much more well-defined than the anonymous victims of a teen horror movie... The dinosaur effects, however, are absolutely stunning, and sometimes so natural that one even forgets to be impressed.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune, Monday, April 1, 2013

Fresh: The well-selected cast is winningly sympathetic and entertainingly idiosyncratic.

- Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter, Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I saw this one again, what a great movie! They just don't make em like this anymore! (impossible because everything is possible in movies nowadays). I appreciate it even more because I understand it better. Every person in it represents a different viewpoint. When you're 12 years old, you just don't get that. Shit, it's been 17 years ago already! loved Goldblum's character.

- Saxia, Wednesday, October 27, 2010

2 stars

Underwhelming compared to the book.

- rjayhutchinson, Friday, July 30, 2010

4 stars

B+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, June 24, 2010