Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – the fifth entry in the Jurassic Park series – arrives in UK cinemas tomorrow. Have you got your tickets yet?

Well, if you’re waiting to read the reviews before you book your seats you’ll be pleased to know that the review embargo has officially been lifted (hurrah) and all the critics are now free to tell you exactly what they thought of the film. You’ll find snippets from five such reviews below, saving you the trouble of having to hunt down the right-ups!

Here’s what the critics said:

  • Mike Reyes of Cinemablend awarded Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom four stars (out of five) and said that J.A. Bayona’s “direction is a breath of fresh air.” He added: “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.”
  • Gav Murphy of IGN was also a fan of the movie and awarded Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom a score of 8.4 (out of 10). He said the movie is about “taking you to places you wouldn’t expect.”
  • Matt Chapman of Digital Spy was on the fence with the movie calling it an “enjoyable franchise entry”, but noting its reliance on movie tropes. He said: “The initial joy of Fallen Kingdom‘s action extravaganza is tempered by the smaller-scale feel of its second half, even as a strong ending suggests another evolution in this storyline.”
  • Owen Gleiberman of Variety was not so impressed and called Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom a “passable ride”. He added: “The fifth ‘Jurassic’ movie is the first that pretends to be more than a ride. It’s the film’s dinosaur action that still rules, though maybe not enough.”
  • Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair was also not quite sold on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. He said: “There’s a scene in Fallen Kingdom that will stay with me for a little while: a lone brontosaurus, standing on a shore nearly engulfed in ash and flame, stretching its long neck up to the sky and braying out a mournful plaint. In the context of the film, it’s supposed to be saying, “Come back, save me.” But I don’t know; I think it’s possible that, having had enough, this behemoth is actually saying goodbye. Watching it grandly fade into nothing, I found myself wishing that, for once, someone would honour its wishes.”

So, there you go – a bit of a mixed bag. The reviews seem to suggest the movie is different from what has come before, but maybe not different enough.

For more review round-ups and reactions to recent releases, check out past editions of The Great Stampede which have focused on HereditarySolo: A Star Wars StoryDeadpool 2Batman NinjaAvengers: Infinity WarRampageA Quiet PlaceIsle of DogsTomb RaiderReady Player OneLove, SimonA Wrinkle in TimeAnnihilationThe Shape of Water and Black Panther.