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'Derivative' & 'Bad' But Still 'A Step Up From Its Immediate Ancestor' — A Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review Roundup!

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The critical consensus is in on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and the experts say the much-anticipated flick is…. OK.

As you no doubt know, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are once again saving the world's dinosaurs in this sequel to its 2015 predecessor — and movie critics are starting to weigh in on the film with their reviews!!

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Suffice to say, the movie is just OK for most — not their favorite summer fare, but loads better than the first Jurassic World three years ago. And we guess that's, uh, maybe a good thing??

But regardless of what summer crowds may think about it as they flock to theaters to see some hot Chris Pratt shots, ch-ch-check out the critical reviews and remarks in our review roundup for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (below)!!!

Gav Murphy, IGN: "J.A. Bayona feels like the perfect director to take control of Fallen Kingdom after proving he can handle large-scale destruction with confidence but is equally capable of delivering intimate scares. There are echoes of his previous works such as The Impossible (big old natural disaster) and The Orphanage (creepy old secret-filled house) in Fallen Kingdom but more impressive is how it draws on further inspirations like Alfred Hitchcock and Hammer horror style suspense. The latter is definitely felt throughout the film and Bayona's use of light and shadows to create tension is one of the highlights of Fallen Kingdom. Whether it's a toothy Baryonyx stalking through a tunnel lit by a menacing drop of lava or the claws of the terrifying new Indoraptor illuminated by a child's night-light, Bayona's horror seems classy and rarely resorts to simply jump scares."

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: "I like the new Jurassic World movie better than the 2015 edition. Bayona's direction is considerably more stylish and actively mobile than Colin Trevorrow's was. Even if nothing quite measures up in this movie, other than composer Michael Giacchino's lush yet subtle orchestral colors, Bayona and his writers wanted to give audiences a different kind of monster movie. That they did."

Brian Truitt, USA Today: "Bayona knows why audiences flock to a Jurassic movie and the best thing he does is create a strong empathy for the exquisitely detailed computer-generated dinos. The T. rex continues his role of most inexplicable recurring Jurassic protagonist, and one horned dino busts Owen out of a jam before going to town on well-dressed rich folks…More than ever, it's their Kingdom. We're just the empty-calorie snacks."

Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post: "Fallen Kingdom is a more interesting, and less obvious, story than the usual Tyrannosaurus romps, which tend to be death-defying games of hide-and-seek. But you can hear the eye rolls during an 11th-hour twist involving the benevolent billionaire's granddaughter, which is way too philosophical for a film where dudes' heads are bitten off by lizards. Jeff Goldblum, making a cameo appearance as Dr. Ian Malcolm, provides all the high-mindedness we need as he natters on about chaos theory in an early monologue. Regardless, it's nice to see the series back on track. For 20 years it reduced itself to lunkheaded horror and Tea Leoni shrieking to the sky at the expense of its most essential element — the wonderment of seeing a living, breathing dinosaur. In making even the most vicious creatures more than just hungry, hungry dinos, the aging franchise has rediscovered its inner child. And ours."

Adam Graham, Detroit News: "The wow factor of the Jurassic Park series is long gone, replaced by a routine sense of tedium. Close the park for good already."

Chris Klimek, NPR: "As derivative as Fallen Kingdom is, it's still a step up from its immediate ancestor."

Rain Jokinen, MullingMovies.com: "At this point in the seemingly never-ending Jurassic film franchise, it can safely be said that humans are idiots and they should just let the dinosaurs have the planet."

Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue: "This uninspired sequel extensively rehashes what's come before and teases what's ahead without providing much incentive to invest in what's currently on the screen."

Roxana Hadadi, Chesapeake Family Magazine: "Despite some good jump scares, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is irritatingly derivative of every preceding film in this franchise."

Barry Hertz, Globe And Mail: "Like almost every other major studio film this summer, Fallen Kingdom plays dumb, and happily."

Well there you have it!

What do U think, Perezcious readers?! Do these reviews turn you off to the movie?? Or do you want to go see it as much (or more) now?!

Let us know in the comments (below)!!!

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