Critics call for the extinction of the 'Jurassic World' saga

'Jurassic World: (Not) Dominion'
Retrieving the Jurassic Holy Trinity
Merciless criticism
Now it's the viewers' turn
'Jurassic World: (Not) Dominion'

'Jurassic World: Dominion' had everything to succeed and memorably complete the Jurassic trilogy. There were no objections by way of the budget, which reached 165 million dollars.

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Retrieving the Jurassic Holy Trinity

In addition, star actors Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard were joined by the golden trifecta from the original 1993 film: Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum.

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Merciless criticism

Despite everything, critics have mercilessly destroyed 'Jurassic World: Dominion.' Its Metascore is at a meager 37, with more than 50 professional reviews collected. But worse than that, some critics have no qualms to draw blood in their reviews. The following examples will show this.

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"Time for this film franchise to go extinct" - Siddhant Adlakha, IndieWire

"It’s time for this film franchise to go extinct... It’s a sequel whose images convey little meaning, other than that which they borrow from other movies, and the result is one of the worst big-budget Hollywood blockbusters since, well, Trevorrow’s Jurassic World."

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"Evolution has passed this bloated monster by" - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

"A legacy sequel that tosses in frequent winking nods to the 1993 Steven Spielberg thriller that started the dinosaur franchise and yet completely loses sight of the heart and humanity, the rapturous awe that made it so unforgettable."

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"Please, god, let this franchise go extinct" - Ross Bonaime, Collider

"Please, god, let this franchise go extinct... Dominion isn’t just the worst film in this frequently disappointing franchise, it’s also one of the worst major blockbusters in recent memory."

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"Unapologetic nostalgia executed skillfully & shamelessly" - Marshall Shaffer, The Playlist

"Points to the terrifying possibility that nostalgia might serve as a renewable resource for Hollywood. (Ironic, given the fossil-fueled power of ‘Jurassic.’) Trevorrow gives audiences what they want – or, at the very least, what the studio bosses at Universal think they want. But at what cost?"

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"The once-beloved franchise is ready for extinction" - Todd Gilchrist, AV Club

"To reunite the core cast members of both trilogies, now presumably full of insights and wisdom (either or both as actors or characters), and then give the final, introspective voiceover to a character not a single audience member has ever seen except in 'archival footage,' offers a final insult to moviegoers who have been decreasingly mesmerized by these films."

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"The Spielbergian wonder of 1993 has completely vanished" - Donald Clarke, Irish Times

"The sense of Spielbergian wonder that set Jurassic Park apart in 1993 has completely vanished. True, the audience is now as familiar with the once-dazzling digital imagery as the characters are with the dinosaurs themselves. But no effort is made to recapture that emotional surge."

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"An extinction-level event for the franchise" - David Fear, Rolling Stone

"It’s not so much a movie as an extinction-level event for the franchise, one in which the last remaining bits of good will and investment in this particular intellectual property are snuffed out like so many unlucky Stegosaurses."

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"A huge, lumbering adventure with a brain the size of a walnut" - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

"This is two hours and 27 minutes of pure dinosaur droppings, and the viewer is as helpless as a boat passing under a bridge on the Chicago River as the Dave Matthews Band unloads a torrent of foul waste from above."

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"'Dominion' proves the saga’s ingenuity has gone extinct" - Thomas Floyd, The Washington Post

"'Jurassic World Dominion’ proves the saga’s ingenuity has gone extinct... When “Dominion’s” final 20 minutes play as a beat-for-beat re-creation of previous films’ set pieces, it becomes clear that Trevorrow and Co. have nothing new to say."

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"A pretty mindless mess" - Brian Lowry, CNN

"Jurassic World: Dominion' combines old and new DNA in an XL-sized mediocrity... There's something unfortunately symbolic about 'Jurassic World: Dominion', which combines old and new DNA from the near-three-decade-old franchise and generates a pretty mindless mess."

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"The trilogy has painted itself into a corner" - Bilge Ebiri, Vulture

"The Jurassic World trilogy has painted itself into a corner... It’s frantic yet lifeless, chaotic yet pro forma. A thorough lack of care emanates from the screen."

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"Believability driven to extinction" - Kyle Smith, The Wall Street Journal

"Believability driven to extinction... All of the roaring and thundering in 'Dominion' carries roughly the dramatic impact of a robust sneeze, because Mr. Trevorrow has forgotten that what we human beings care about, despite our addiction to spectacle, are human beings."

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"Daft plot... with lousy action" - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

"The franchise’s credibility is finally extinct... This series' sixth film has a daft plot, groans with lousy action and makes the poor old dinosaurs humiliatingly surplus to requirements."

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Now it's the viewers' turn

Well, it's quite obvious that the critics didn't like it. Now it's the public's turn. Will 'Jurassic World: Dominion' be a surprise hit at the box office? That remains to be seen.

 

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