In order to save mankind, scientists and astronauts must set off a nuclear device at the center of the Earth.
" The Core is formulaic Hollywood swill done on such an epic scale of incompetency, it must be seen. "
" The Core is such a feat of go-for-broke heroism and you-gotta-be -kiddin'-me ridiculousness that it almost qualifies as a feel-good diversion -- with just a quarter of the runaway jingoism of your average disaster extravaganza. "
" This is one shelved project that should have stayed on the shelf. "
" I have such an unreasonable affection for this movie, indeed, that it is only by slapping myself alongside the head and drinking black coffee that I can restrain myself from recommending it. "
" When taken as an old-fashioned adventure with a comic-book plot, The Core works well. But at 130 minutes it wears out its welcome, and like Earth's balky core, it sputters and stalls. "
" Scientists may shudder, but at least some good actors are getting work. "
" The Core works because the characters are idiosyncratic enough to seem authentic but not so zany that they seem contrived. "
" Unblushingly tacky and derivative. "
" The Core may not rock your world, but it has its moments. "
" A two-hour pleasure cruise. "
" [I]t's not campy enough to be consistently entertaining, and it's certainly not exciting or smart enough to be a first-rate sci-fi epic like a Deep Impact. "
" I never thought I'd see the day when I would write that someone like Qualls acts circles around Tucci, Jenkins or Lindo, some of our best actors. "
" There's a marked absence of panic in The Core. "
" Jules Verne this isn't, but it makes for fairly diverting escapist fare. "
" No one's going to confuse The Core with art -- or even a good film -- but it's 25 minutes longer than The Hours and I had at least 25 times as much fun. "
" Undigestible fusion of worst-case earth science and leaden pacing. "
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