A modern day fairy tale in which the long-standing peace between men and giants is threatened, as a young farmer leads an expedition into the giants’ kingdom in hopes of rescuing a kidnapped princess.









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Release date: Mar 1, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language
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Runtime: 1 hr. 54 min.
Movie Reviews:
  • 80
    Village Voice - by Scott Foundas
    By the standards of today's bombastic "event" movies, this is a refreshingly modest endeavor—one in which the main event is the skillful holding of our attention, all the way from "Once upon a time" to "Happily ever after." more

  • 75
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    Jack the Giant Slayer is an enjoyable fantasy/adventure whose magic is partially undermined by marginal 3-D. more

  • 75
    Boston Globe - by Tom Russo
    A giant chef character is an icky bit of inspiration (complete with booger humor to soothe any shell-shocked young’uns in the audience), and the monsters are key to an epic-scale third act. If you thought the tale ended when Jack clambered back down from the skies, then you haven’t given it as much thought as Singer. more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Todd McCarthy
    There's little facetious comedy a la the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series. It's all traditional stuff, done well but without an original spark. more

  • 67
    The Playlist - by Kevin Jagernauth
    Ultimately, it’s hard and a bit pointless to nitpick Jack The Giant Slayer because it never sets out to be or presents itself as anything more than a slightly beefed up fairy tale. more

  • 63
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    Peter Jackson devotees may not like to hear this, but Jack the Giant Slayer is far more accomplished, visually speaking, than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Snooze, I mean, Journey. more

  • 63
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    Vivid visuals are the key to this handsome and moderately entertaining adventure. And the tone is more fairy-tale appropriate than video-game friendly, though the effects-laden swashbuckling sometimes obscures efforts at light whimsy. more

  • 63
    New York Post - by Kyle Smith
    This digitally tricked-out fairy tale makes for a reasonably engaging kids’ fantasy, but at best we’re talking about a junior varsity “Lord of the Rings.” It’s March. What did you expect? more

  • 63
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    For all Singer’s expertise at making the fantastic real, all we’re left with here is an expensive-looking bauble – worth looking over, but not really anything to treasure. more

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by Keith Uhlich
    So many blockbuster movies are impersonal, micromanaged hashes that Jack, with its bare minimum of craft and commitment, comparatively comes off like a diamond in the rough. more

  • 60
    NPR - by Ian Buckwalter
    The film's main problem — apart from its predictability and the sometimes unconvincing and cartoonish CGI for the army of giants — is that it never entirely commits to what kind of fantasy movie it wants to be. more

  • 60
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    It’s fast, rousing, and blessedly brief. more

  • 58
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    Not awful, not wonderful, Jack the Giant Slayer is a midrange fairy tale epic that’s a lot more ho-hum than fee-fi-fo-fum. more

  • 58
    Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
    This is how a fairy-tale movie gives us our money's worth today. Even if once upon a time, it was called overkill. more

  • 58 - by Jordan Hoffman
    It is highly likely you’ll forget the movie by the time you go to bed. more

  • 50
    Time - by Mary Pols
    The technology is undeniably there to make a credible beanstalk fly into the heavens, and giants that are utterly grotesque and vividly threatening. But how about something we can take our kids too? Doesn’t anyone want them to be there? more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
    While it’s fine for a director to explore his childhood inspirations, you hope he would bring something a bit more personal to it. Instead, Jack the Giant Slayer, while well-crafted, feels entirely generic. more

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    Jack's problem is that he's a commoner, but the movie's problem is that its script is commoner still, an enchantment-free pretext for animated action, straight-ahead storytelling and ersatz romance. more

  • 50
    The New York Times - by Manohla Dargis
    If it drifts with increasing frequency it’s because, well, this finally is just a digitally souped-up, one-dimensional take on Jack and the Beanstalk. ...

  • 50
    Miami Herald - by Connie Ogle
    A competent but utterly unnecessary retelling of the story. more

  • 50
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    It's a bloodless, gutless piece of PG-13 fodder, geared to go down easy. That it does. It practically evaporates while you're watching it, lulling when you most want it to levitate. more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    The film is ruled by sound and fury signifying an attempt to launch a new franchise. more

  • 50
    Austin Chronicle - by Louis Black
    A terrific cast, intelligent direction, state-of-the-art special effects, a strong story, and skilled narrative construction all end up being much ado about not very much. more

  • 50
    Variety - by Justin Chang
    Jack the Giant Slayer feels, unsurprisingly, like an attempt to cash in on a trend, recycling storybook characters, situations and battle sequences to mechanical and wearyingly predictable effect. ...

  • 42
    Portland Oregonian - by Marc Mohan
    As is, the slapstick humor and mild repartee won't please many with a mindset above that of a 10-year-old, while the level of (admittedly fantastical) violence might be a bit much for the pre-teen set. more

  • 42
    The A.V. Club - by Tasha Robinson
    The extra shading is nice, but it doesn’t change the degree to which Jack The Giant Slayer feels like a paint-by-numbers story. more

  • 40
    New York Daily News - by Elizabeth Weitzman
    A director as talented as Singer (“The Usual Suspects,” “X-Men”) should be working to raise popcorn movies to a higher level. Instead, this uninspired effort feels like a colossal letdown. more

  • 30
    Los Angeles Times - by Kenneth Turan
    With some momentary exceptions, Jack the Giant Slayer simply isn't any fun. more

  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Peter Hartlaub
    By the end, I was adding my own internal "Deadwood"-style profanities to McShane's clean dialogue. "For the sake of the (God-@#$%) kingdom, cut it (the @#$%) down!" Movies about mile-high beanstalks shouldn't require additional audience imagination. more

  • 25
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    Jack the Giant Slayer is merely cable TV fodder waiting to happen and not worth a hill of beans, magic or otherwise. more

  • 12
    Slant Magazine - by R. Kurt Osenlund
    This epic waste of $190 million plunders the grab bag of overused plotlines, failing to put its own stamp on much of anything. more

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