With little more than two weeks until the film's theatrical release, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has earned a mixed reaction from critics in its early reviews.
At time of writing, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sits at 65% on RottenTomatoes, based on 31 reviews with an average score of 6/10, indicating mixed to good reviews, with the critical consensus that "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom adds another set piece-packed entry to the blockbuster franchise, although genuinely thrilling moments are in increasingly short supply." Metacritic scores Fallen Kingdom at a 54 based on 16 reviews with eight positive, six mixed and two negative reviews counted, indicating mixed to average reviews.
CBR's own Meg Downey described Fallen Kingdom as a film that fails to update the franchise, despite its efforts. "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom valiantly tries to flip the script on its predecessors formula of sprawling, jungle survival infused sci-fi adventure by condensing the traditional monster-infested horror show down into what is almost a Gothic horror bottle movie," Downey writes. "The tagline of the movie is 'the park is gone,' and that’s literally true — the park featured in 2015’s Jurassic World is legitimately out of the picture and, in its place, we’re left with a dinosaur catastrophe unfolding within the walls of an old money mansion with nary a palm tree or a waterfall in sight. In theory, it’s a noble attempt at breathing fresh life into the franchise as it nears its third decade — but in practice? It’s clumsy, confusing flop of an idea in which the dinosaurs themselves feel like an afterthought."
Here's what some critics are saying about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom:
Molly Freeman, ScreenRant: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a fun ride full of adventure -- and scares -- that builds on the mythology of Jurassic Park in very interesting ways."
Germain Lussier, i09: "One of the things that makes the Jurassic Park franchise so memorable is John Williams’ score. The majestic music is one of the legendary composer’s most recognizable compositions. That score is teased, but never truly unleashed, in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which is also the perfect analogy for the movie as a whole. Everything feels held back and small. There’s never a moment worthy of that iconic music."
Gav Murphy, IGN: "Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom opens with one of the most exciting set pieces of the year and from there it barely stops for breath as we’re bounced from a huge, high-stakes disaster film to a claustrophobic Gothic horror."
Dan Callahan, TheWrap: "The major problem with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — the fifth installment in this dinosaur series, and the second of a prospective trilogy — is that the makers treat the action and suspense sequences in the way most of us go to the dentist."
Owen Gleiberman, Variety: "The first Jurassic World was, quite simply, not a good ride. Fallen Kingdom is an improvement, but it's the first Jurassic film to come close to pretending it isn't a ride at all, and as a result it ends up being just a passable ride."
Mike Reyes, CinemaBlend: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a high class summer blockbuster, with some unexpected emotions, a heap of the action that one would expect from such a film, and a dash of surprisingly dark moments that folks have been waiting for since Michael Crichton's book first hit shelves."
John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter: "Finally making good on its name, 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."
Eric Kohn, IndieWire: "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."
Directed by J.A. Bayona from a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theaters on June 22. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and B.D. Wong, along with Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, Geraldine Chaplin, James Cromwell and Jeff Goldblum.