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Jurassic Park

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Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
8.05 /10
Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
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Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Michael Crichton and David Koepp, from Crichtonís novel

Released: 1993
Origin: US
Length: 126

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This is a monster movie. So how are they? Amazing... Spielberg loves to mix wonder with horror, and he has fun creating a living Museum of Natural Fantasy. Then he scares you witless. Here come a nosy tyrannosaur and a fan-faced, bilious dilophosaur. Nastiest of all are the velociraptors, smart, relentless punks in packs - Saurz N the Hood. They have a special appetite for kids, just like the great white shark in the movie that made Spielberg's rep. Now it has some worthy successors: primeval creatures with personality and a lot of bite. Jurassic Park is the true Jaws II... Perhaps Schindler's List, the Nazi-era drama he has already completed shooting for Christmas release, will satisfy those who want Spielberg to enter an auteur rehab clinic. But no film could be more personal to him than this one. With its next-generation effects and its age-old story line, this is a movie whose subject is its process, a movie about all the complexities of fabricating entertainment in the microchip age. It's a movie in love with technology (as Spielberg is), yet afraid of being carried away by it (as he is).
(Richard Corliss, Time)
Itís the dinosaurs youíre really interested in, and they donít disappoint... they are quite astonishingly realistic.
(Mark Salisbury, Empire)
Back in 1993 I was unduly critical, and more than a little patronising, about Jurassic Park, finding it softer than Spielberg's first big success, Jaws, and Michael Crichton's first film as writer-director, Westworld, and infinitely inferior to the magical King Kong. Some of this was undoubtedly due to my annoyance with the phenomenon of "dinomania" that the film's publicists had built up, and in which the media were cravenly complicit. But seeing the movie again, this time on the Imax screen in 3D, and in the light of the endless inferior epics I've endured over the past 20 years, I would like to take this final opportunity to say publicly that I loved every fascinating, suspenseful, frightening, skilfully calibrated minute of it.
(Philip French,Observer, 2013)

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