All Indiana Jones movies, from worst to best according to critics
May not all Indiana Jones adventures be loved with the same intensity, but the movies starring the archaeologist have something to win over every audience with surprising and rich stories of mysterious artifacts.
Indiana Jones and The Dial of Fate (63%)
Starting with the character’s last film, critics consider that the production that premiered as the final adventure of Indiana Jones is the worst of the entire saga, although we can also say because of its 64 percent rating which has received your approval.
Although it was not received with the same enthusiasm as previous installments, the story takes the archaeologist to the year 1994, where the Allied liberation of Europe occurs during World War II. The protagonist turns to face the Nazis while he tries to get hold of the Dial of Fate, an artifact that allows locating cracks in time. For critics, the plot is disappointing and they say that not even the character can save her from his mediocrity. Some compared it to something written by artificial intelligence. Deborah Ross of The Spectator said: An alternative title that would have worked just as well might have been Indiana Jones and the ChatGPT Script.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (78%)
With familiar elements in its plot, the return of Indiana Jones after a 19-year absence from the big screen, with Harrison Ford in the role, was received in a more positive light.
The film was the last to be directed by Steven Spielberg and features a plot that takes the archaeologist to Peru in search of the legendary Crystal Skull of Akator, while the Cold War is raging. At the same time, the deadly agent Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) is searching for the same artifact. It received higher critical approval, gaining comment on how well the character and lead actor have aged. Michael Smith of Tulsa World said: Welcome back Indiana Jones and Harrison Ford, you two have aged well.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (84%)
As the name suggests, this movie was too “dark” to some, but it became widely known for its racially insensitive scenes and reliance on Indian stereotypes.
The story features a young Ke Huy Quan, in the role of a 12-year-old boy who joins in the Indiana adventure as he attempts to recover a precious gem and kidnapped children on behalf of an East Indian village. If we look away from its controversial aspect, it is still an adventure show that shows the team in better shape. For critics, this installment is funnier because it has less plot. The Age’s Neil Jillett said: There isn’t much plot, but for two hours the supersonic action rarely stops. As a result, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is even more insanely fun than its predecessor, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (88%)
A classic from the adventurous archaeologist who joined Sean Connery in the film of 1989 that acquired a lighter and more comic tone than the installment that preceded it.
The sequel was full of the energy that characterized the original film and the presence of both actors was something to see on the big screen. The coveted artifact in The Last Crusade is the Holy Grail, and all Indiana knows is that there was another archaeologist looking for it, who turns out to be Dr. Henry Jones, his father. It is one of the films with the highest ratings from critics, and for specialists, the third installment was a perfect way to “close” what would have been a trilogy. Caryn James of the New York Times said: Of the three Indiana films Jones, The Last Crusade may well become the sentimental favorite, the Indiana to end them all.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (95%)
The film that started it all is the debut of Dr. Indiana Jones, a renowned archaeologist and occult expert who is hired by the United States government to find the Ark of the Covenant.
Unfortunately for Indiana, he has to face the Nazis, since several of Hitler’s agents are after the same device. Critics raved about it, calling the film one of the funniest and wittiest adventure movies ever made. Chicago Sun-Times’ Roger Ebert: [Los Cazadores del Arca Perdida] “It grabs you on the first take, whisks you through a series of incredible adventures, and snaps you back to reality two hours later: breathless, dizzy, exhausted, and with a goofy grin on your face…”
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