A Las Vegas taxi driver (Dwayne Johnson) unexpectedly becomes the guardian of two runaways (AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig) who possess paranormal powers.
" This is not a story that cries out to be remade every 15-20 years. And, while the special effects and acting are getting better, the story isn't. "
" A fast and furious wild ride of a movie in which the good guys are good, the bad guys are good and the car chases are pretty spectacular. "
" It's a fast, funny, frightening and family-friendly movie, an affectionate tribute to the original, and a vintage thrill ride enhanced by modern visual trickery, crazy characters -- and a soupcon of skepticism. "
" Race to Witch Mountain is the first kids' film in ages to have action beats that measure up to Hollywood's grownup action fare. "
" Race to Witch Mountain isn't magic, but it moves. "
" The movie has Johnson, who lifts the script above its conventional cat-and-mouse stratagems with his buoyant wiseacre timing. "
" The planet-hopping children have special talents -- telekinesis, telepathy etc. -- although it is the high-wattage lovability of Mr. Rock that's the real superpower on display here. "
" These blond space children (Ludwig and Bridge to Terabithia's Robb) are persuasively otherworldly -- and the movie makes room for sympathetic cameos from Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann of the first go-round. "
" A couple of 10-year-old boys all hopped up on concession-stand soda would be ideal companions for Disney's latest: Race to Witch Mountain. "
" Although Race to Witch Mountain is about space travelers, little soars here. The film is so by-the-book (and we don't mean Key's 1968 novel) that it's hard to recount it without reverting to blahblahblah. "
" Bears all the signs of having been composed by an inferior race of alien screenwriters from the Hackulon System. "
" For all that energy, the film never really goes into orbit. "
" I think most kids and certainly most adults are going to find themselves bored. "
" It's pacy all right, but glib and uninvolving for grown-ups, though perhaps furnished with enough in the way of spaceships, lasers and digital explosions to pacify undemanding little 'uns of an afternoon. "
" Modest and diverting, rough and bland, with some good (if not quite Bette Davis caliber) actors and so-so special effects. "
" Wow, when Disney misses the 'reimagining' mark, it really misses. "
" There is so much in this film that needed to be tweaked and enhanced to really make it special. "
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