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The Core

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Jon Amiel

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About the Movie

The Earth has stopped rotating because of a change in the planet's core temperature. To restore the normal temperature, astronauts must travel to the center and detonate a nuclear bomb before the core superheats and destroys all life on the surface.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 155
  • Fresh: 63
  • Rotten: 92
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Unblushingly tacky and derivative. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Fresh: Jules Verne this isn't, but it makes for fairly diverting escapist fare. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Undigestible fusion of worst-case earth science and leaden pacing. – Ed Park, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The Core works because the characters are idiosyncratic enough to seem authentic but not so zany that they seem contrived. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 30, 2003

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Customer Reviews

I liked it....

Like another reviewer has said...Its not Day After Tomorrow (Which they should add here by the way) destruction....It's quite unique...The only part I didn't really understand was on how the birds and people in the beginning just flat-out died.....

The Best End-Of-The-World Movie!!

Okay, this story is so unique! The core stopped working and things started to happen all of a sudden is different from other typical world-destructon movies like asteroids and meteors hitting Earth. And, if you watch this, now you'll learn what's inside earth! Great movie, great acting of Hilary Swank! Another Must-Have for your iPod!

saw it for free & still wanted my $ back

borrowed the dvd from work & man what a wasted night. the premise is the core of earth stops spinning & therefore we need to drill into the center of the earth to "jumpstart" it again with nuclear warheads. if you can suspend reality for a bit & go along with that, then you're in for an hour of actors reacting to what is happening on their monitors. "what is that?" "avoid the dark patches!" & so on. it's about as exciting as watching a movie about a bunch of people playing nintendo.

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