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Journey to the Center of the Earth

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Henry Levin

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About the Movie

Based on Jules Verne’s nineteenth century novel of the same name, Journey to the Center of the Earth is a standout adventure saga and is considered one of the most entertaining adaptations in the science fiction genre. The film follows a Scottish professor, Oliver Lindenbrook, who accidentally discovers a map of sorts with directions on how to reach the center of the Earth through an Icelandic crater. When the professor looks to his colleague Alec McEwen to verify his discovery, Alec turns on him and the two engage in a race to see who will reach the center of the Earth first. Along the way lurk dangers such as kidnapping, death, sabotage, and attacks by giant prehistoric reptiles. Yet they also encounter such magnificent wonders as a glistening cavern of quartz crystals, luminescent algae, a forest of giant mushrooms, and the lost city of Atlantis. The professor and his nemesis Alec McEwan have discovered an uncharted new world, but the race goes on – who will make it to the center of the earth first?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 27
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It's really not very striking make-believe, when all is said and done. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Still captivating despite the obviously dated effects. – Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It's one of the very best Hollywood adventure movies, with lots of monsters, underground oceans, sinister villains, and touches which would have delighted Jules Verne himself. – Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Aug 17, 2007

Fresh: It's got everything, and it's status as one of the best of the adventure movies made in 50s Hollywood remains intact. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Well, yes it is a good movie. Very good actually. For its time. I mean come on peeps; they didn't have all of the special effects equipment that we have today. You have to at least appreciate the fact that they used what they could and pulled it off well enough to entertain folks.

Still great after all these years

Except for Pat Boone bursting into song throughout, this is a great movie and I love the special effects ...... lots of fun to watch. But how can you leave James Mason off of the acting credits???????

Another great movie!!!!

This is my favorite out of the Jules Verens novels