Review Roundup: Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny hits theaters in June, but the action film premiered this week at the Cannes Film Festival. The first reviews for Harrison Ford’s film have begun to appear online, providing an early indication of the film’s critical reception.

The Dial of Destiny brings back Ford one more time in the role of the archaeologist-adventurer. He is now teaming up with his goddaughter, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, for another adventure. The movie opens with a flashback that shows a de-aged Ford, and it seems there is an element of time travel within the movie by way of the artifact itself–the Dial of Destiny.

The Dial of Destiny was originally expected to be directed by Steven Spielberg, who directed the four previous entries. However, he dropped out and was replaced by Logan and Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold. Spielberg and series creator George Lucas are executive producers.

The cast also includes Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Toby Jones, Thomas Kretschmann, and Oliver Richters.

You can see a snapshot of review scores from critics below. For more, head to GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

  • Directed By: James Mangold
  • Written By: David Koepp, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
  • Starring: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Toby Jones, Thomas Kretschmann, Olivier Richters
  • Runtime: 142 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Premiere Date: June 30

Variety – No Score

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is a dutifully eager but ultimately rather joyless piece of nostalgic hokum.” — Owen Gleiberman [Full review]

IndieWire — C

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 [Full review]

Empire — 4/5

“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 [Full review]

BBC — 2/5

“The jokes, the zest and the exuberance just aren’t there, so instead of a joyous send-off for our beloved hero, we get a depressing reminder of how much livelier his past adventures were.” — Nicholas Barber [Full review]

The Guardian — 3/5

“It’s the first Indiana Jones film not to be directed by Steven Spielberg–James Mangold is now at the helm–but despite that, this one has quite a bit of zip and fun and narrative ingenuity with all its MacGuffiny silliness that the last one (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) really didn’t.” — Peter Bradshaw [Full review]

Deadline — No Score

“It’s fun; it’s wacky; it works. I don’t know what Alexandrine mathematical codes are; I don’t have a clue whether a time fissure is a real thing. It doesn’t matter. Reality doesn’t matter, except for Nazis: they still matter. To quote a certain archaeological adventurer, I really don’t like those guys.” — Stephanie Bunbury.

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