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When we meet Black's Lemuel Gulliver, he is a small man in a big pond -- the monstrous canyons of Manhattan, where he toils in a clerical position at a newspaper. He talks a big game, but he's achieved very little because he is always afraid he will fail.
Adventure Comedy - This is an effects-heavy family fantasy comedy very loosely based on
the literary adventure of the same name. This is very much a showcase
for Jack Black's usual wacky screen persona, with everyone and
everything else secondary. There is some crude humor, but on the
whole this is safe viewing for kids.
PROFANITY: 6 miscellaneous profanities. SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting partial rear nudity in a non-sexual context. VIOLENCE: Some fights. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Fights and storms. COMEDY: Silly wisecracks and slapstick, sometimes crude.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Below Average Still, the chief sin committed by Gulliver's Travels is not that it's a poor adaptation but that its entertainment value is almost nonexistent.
Roger EbertFull Review Good It just occurred to me that you may be imagining this is an animated film, and that Jack Black is voicing Lemuel Gulliver. Not at all. This is live action, and despite the 3-D, it's sorta old-fashioned, not that that's a bad thing.
USA TodayFull Review Average Gulliver's Travels, yet another foray into unnecessary 3-D, is a rehashed mishmash of Jonathan Swift's 18th-century classic. Mostly, it's a vehicle for Jack Black's zany humor.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 85 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:Most loved "Gulliver's Travels."
TEENS:The males rated it above average, which is very good but not great.Females enjoyed it quite a bit more. Half loved it and another 25% rated it above average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Good reviews from the guys but not great reviews. Most rated it above average or lower. The female reviews are similar, but more of them rated it only average or lower, which is not good.
ADULTS:Both the males and females rated it about the same. Three-quarters enjoyed it very much with close to half loving "Gulliver's Travels." As you can see, there were a few who were somewhat disappointed, rating it average or lower.
Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) is a lowly mailroom clerk at a New York newspaper. After Gulliver bluffs his way into an assignment writing about the Bermuda Triangle, he goes there only to be transported to an undiscovered land, Lilliput. In this fantastical new world, Gulliver is, at last, a bigger-than-life figure -- in size and ego - especially after he starts telling tall tales, taking credit for his world's greatest inventions, and placing himself at the center of its most historic events. Gulliver's position is enhanced even further when he leads his new friends in a daring battle against their longtime enemies. But when Gulliver loses it all and puts the Lilliputians in peril, he must find a way to undo the damage. Ultimately, Gulliver becomes a true giant among men only when he learns that it's how big you are on the inside that counts.