PG, 127 minutes
Sam Neill; Laura Dern; Jeff Goldblum; Richard Attenborough; Bob Peck; Martin Ferrero; B.D. Wong; Joseph Mazzello
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A heart-pounding pace and a zoo parade of prehistoric behemoths power Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park," a hellzapopping tour of the land that time almost forgot. "Jurassic Park" does for live-action critters what "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" did for toons. In that sense, it's a cinematic landmark, but in terms of plot and character, it's about as well developed as "Godzilla." The human actors are little more than Spielberg's designated dinosaur-gawkers. Jaws suitably agape, they simulate awe for the arrival of every skyscraping beast. The premise remains implausibly monstrous: Dinosaurs get a second chance at world dominance when a shortsighted billionaire developer, John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), stocks his Costa Rican theme park with a variety of humongous Mesozoic has-beens.
Rita Kempley-Washington Post