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The Critical Reception For ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ Is Mixed


People weren’t clamoring for another Indiana Jones film, but if it was going to happen, Harrison Ford should have reprised his role as the titular character. That is exactly what happened in Harrison Ford’s final performance as Indiana Jones. The previous Indiana Jones film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull had left a bad taste in critics’ mouths, so this was a welcome change.

While the actors in this film received a standing ovation that moved Ford to tears at the Cannes Film Festival, not everyone has been a fan as reviews have begun to trickle in. People appear to be upset about the use of CGI in this film and how Harrison was de-aged. While Ford remains charming in each and every scene, the film remains a generic action film that is only able to evoke nostalgia and not much more.

On June 30, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will be released in theatres.

Not only is Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny an almost complete waste of time, it’s also a belabored reminder that some relics are better left where and when they belong. If only any previous entries in this series had taken great pains to point that out.

David Ehrlich, IndieWire

The good news is that it’s not as poor as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The bad news is that it’s not much better. Ford, despite all this, remains on charisma overload. Even when the machine around him is on autopilot, he brings his weathered gravitas to perhaps his most significant character. Inevitably he, and Indy, deserved better.

Kevin Maher, Times of London

However, not all of the critics are so negative about it. And some people enjoyed it for what it is: a fun action romp that harkens back to a time when action films didn’t require a deeper plot to survive.

All the hallmarks of the series are there as you’d hope them to be, lovingly preserved like archaeological treasures. Indy’s final date with destiny has a barmy finale that might divide audiences — but if you join him for the ride, it feels like a fitting goodbye to cinema’s favorite grave-robber.

John Nugent, Empire

However, history has shown that audiences do not always agree with critics. So we’ll have to wait until the film opens in theatres on June 30 to decide whether it’s a flop or a hit.