“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” Reviews Are In

With the World Cup set to distract much of the worldwide audience this month, Universal Pictures is going ahead with its dinosaur sequel “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” early in the UK and many European territories – opening it this Friday and a full two weeks ahead of everywhere else.

As a result, the review embargo on the film is breaking early and the first full reviews are out. The verdict? It’s not good, but more interesting is that said reviews aren’t so much uniformly mixed as quite divisive – some really like it, some hating it with the passion of a thousand suns.

As of time of writing the film holds a 65% & 6/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and a 53/100 on Metacritic, both scoring lower than the film’s predecessor (but only by a bit), even as many reviews suggest it’s better than “Jurassic World”. Here’s a sampling of reviews so far:

“J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom says goodbye to the park for good, not just carrying the de-extincted dinos off the island but freeing itself from the genre trappings of the previous four films…” – THR

“Despite some familiar echoes, Fallen Kingdom also takes big, brave, irreversible strides, deriving tantalising logical conclusions from Michael Crichton’s premise and setting up a brave new World for this trilogy’s final chapter…” – Empire

“The franchise’s latest entry takes its cues from the knuckleheaded plotting and CGI overload of Jurassic World, where super-sized dinos face dumb capitalists and bleeding-heart environmentalists toil to save the day. We all know the drill…” – Indiewire

“It all just hangs there like so much else in this movie, undeveloped concepts that could one day be turned into a genuinely exciting, surprising film. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is, sadly, not it…” – Village Voice

“In making even the most vicious creatures more than just hungry, hungry dinos, the aging franchise has rediscovered its inner child. And ours…” – The New York Post

“Maybe what Claire said in the first Jurassic World is right. Maybe we’ve just become so desensitized to seeing dinosaurs running around and eating people that we need something new and bigger to impress us. Unfortunately, [this] isn’t that…” – io9

“Its opening plays less like a scene from a Spielbergian classic, such as Jurassic Park or Jaws, and more like an effectively directed and higher budgeted sequence out of Jaws 3D…” – Den of Geek

“There is a little bit of the wonder and joy that made the original so special embedded deep within Fallen Kingdom, which I credit to Bayona, whose primary drive has always been to sprinkle just enough emotion into the stories he tells…” – Uproxx

“The new Jurassic World is a messy menagerie of dino-related quirks and twists, a boisterous but muddled franchise-iteration which reshuffles all the old constituent plot points…” – The Guardian

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” opens in the United States and Australia on June 22nd.