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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)



Critic Consensus: Though the plot elements are certainly familiar, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull still delivers the thrills and Harrison Ford's return in the title role is more than welcome.

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After being forced to leave Marshall College under dubious circumstances, Indy joins forces with rebellious, young Mutt, who believes he knows the whereabouts of one of the most spectacular archeological finds in history--the Crystal Skull of Akator, a legendary object of fascination, superstition and fear. But, as Indy and Mutt set out for the most remote corners of Peru--a land of ancient tombs, forgotten explorers and a rumored city of gold--they quickly realize they are not alone in their search. Soviet agents are also hot on the trail of the Crystal Skull. Chief among them is icy cold, devastatingly beautiful Irina Spalko, whose elite military unit is scouring the globe for the eerie Crystal Skull, which they believe can help the Soviets dominate the world--if they can unlock its secrets. Indy and Mutt must find a way to evade the ruthless Soviets, follow an impenetrable trail of mystery, grapple with enemies and friends of questionable motives, and, above all, stop the powerful Crystal Skull from falling into the deadliest of hands.

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Harrison Ford
as Indiana Jones
Shia LaBeouf
as Mutt Williams
Cate Blanchett
as Col. Irina Spalko
Karen Allen
as Marion Ravenwood
John Hurt
as Prof. Oxley
Ray Winstone
as George 'Mac' McHale
Jim Broadbent
as Dean Charles Stanforth
Igor Jijikine
as Col. Dovchenko
Dimitri Diatchenko
as Russian Suit
Ilia Volok
as Russian Suit
Emmanuel Todorov
as Russian Soldier
Pavel Lychnikoff
as Russian Soldier
Andrew Divoff
as Russian Soldier
Venya Manzyuk
as Russian Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

All Critics (277) | Top Critics (65)

Everything happens so dizzyingly fast and with such a dazzling disregard for any kind of realism it sort of doesn't matter that the plot is a silly rambling nonsense or that Harrison Ford is now 312.

August 23, 2018 | Full Review…

The film doesn't feel as punchy, amusing or as fast-paced as the best of the other three films, but it's passable both as nostalgia and old-fashioned action-adventure that favours impossible leaps from waterfalls over psychological insights.

December 15, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The worst that can be said of Crystal Skull is that it won't be inspiring any youthful vine-swinging. A shame, really.

November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5

I'll answer the most important question first. Yes, there is a Wilhelm scream in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

August 31, 2009 | Rating: B
Top Critic

The energy on display is impressive, even if Spielberg's suggestion that a fifth Indie adventure is a distinct possibility is more a cause for concern than celebration.

June 7, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Crystal Skull isn't bad -- there are a few dazzling sequences, and a couple of good performances -- but the unprecedented blend of comedy and action that made the movies so much more fun than any other adventure series is mostly gone.

May 27, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I have finally seen it and have mixed feelings. It just doesn't have some of the old Indy magic. The story is even more far fetched than usual and maybe it's a bit overloaded with CGI as well. Cate Blanchett's character is a bit OTT almost to the point of feeling like a comic book character. Overall still an entertaining film but not up there with the first three.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

A disappointing chapter that suffers from a lame interaction between the characters, an inconsistent plot that makes no sense and action scenes that are never memorable, relying too much on CGI and never managing to create any sense of real danger, with a terrible ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


This was a very high quality film. Unfortunately the cheese factor was way over the top for me. So much so that it was on the verge of a cartoon. The other issue with this film (and many other to follow these days), is that the CG was well done, but very unnecessary. I am no longer surprised by anything done on a computer. Once you see one CG creature or effect you are no longer surprised by all the others. Let?s bring back some of the old school film techniques like actual stuntmen. This adds so much more realism back in the picture (way to go Christopher Nolan for doing this in ?The Dark Knight?).

Jon Lantz
Jon Lantz

Super Reviewer

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