Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Last updated date: June 14, 2019

DWYM Score
7.3

Why Trust The DWYM Score?

DWYM is your trusted product review source. Along with our in-house experts, our team analyzes thousands of product reviews from the most trusted websites. We then create one easy-to-understand score. Learn more.

Look for the DWYM seal for products that are the best in the category.

We looked at the top 1 Movies and dug through the reviews from 14 of the most popular review sites including The Verge, Digital Trends, ARS Technical's, The Guardian, Screen Rant, Cinema Blend, Roger Ebert, Empire, The Hollywood Reporter, Collider, Reel Rundown, The Daily Evergreen, Vox and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Movie you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 139 expert reviews, the Universal Pictures Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 8, 2019:
Checkout The Best Movie for a detailed review of all the top movies.

Expert Summarized Score
6.6
14 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
8,822 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Fallen Kingdom is an ambitious film, certainly. It succeeds in bringing the Jurassic Park franchise in a new direction and offers a peek at the wider storytelling potential of the films, but it stumbles a bit in its efforts to use that premise as a vehicle for exploring more cerebral, philosophical themes.
- Digital Trends
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hedges its bets a bit by giving us a good dinosaur and a bad dinosaur amidst the panoply of prehistoric beasts.
- The Guardian
All in all, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom provides the fun and adventure moviegoers have come to expect from the Jurassic Park franchise, while providing a great deal of horror and perhaps even more heart than viewers may be expecting.
- Screen Rant
June 22, 2018 | Full review
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.
- Cinema Blend
It’s a brave choice to literally blow up everything that’s come before but one that definitely pays off in Fallen Kingdom.
- IGN
June 6, 2018 | Full review
But despite some familiar echoes of The Lost World, Fallen Kingdom also takes big, ballsy, irreversible strides, deriving tantalising logical conclusions from Michael Crichton’s original premise and setting up a brave new World for this trilogy’s final chapter.
- Empire
June 6, 2018 | Full review
The question at the heart of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: is it a careless movie about the carelessness of humanity? But let’s give the filmmakers the benefit of the doubt and say that it is. Then that’s a remarkably nihilistic and shallow view of humanity, and one that it can’t really earn.
- Collider
June 25, 2018 | Full review
“[Fallen Kingdom] was more exciting,” said Arpin. “It had a deeper connection between characters. I felt they developed them better in the movie.”
- The Daily Evergreen
September 20, 2018 | Full review
Viewed through that lens, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is pretty okay. Its humans are as head-smackingly dense as they were the last time around, and its plot points still swing on a pendulum that moves from hackneyed clichés to unforced plot holes and back again.
- Vox
June 20, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of all is the way the film ends, by clearly telegraphing the setup for the third Jurassic World, which already has a 2021 release date. But this movie crosses certain boundaries in a way that can’t be undone, and if audiences don’t like where things are headed at the end of this film, they aren’t likely to have those concerns addressed in the next installment.
- The Verge
June 22, 2018 | Full review
That probably sounds fine to someone looking for a stupid summer dinosaur movie, but one really effective Fallen Kingdom scene illustrates how boring the rest of the film is.
- ARS Technical's
June 22, 2018 | Full review
With all of its successes, there are minor hiccups during the ride that is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. In particular, there's a narrative thread that while certainly exciting doesn't entirely work in the context of the film.
- Cinema Blend
This is a movie that’s annoying in part because it doesn’t care if you’re annoyed by it. It doesn’t need you, the individual viewer, to like it.
- Roger Ebert
June 19, 2018 | Full review
Instead, it’s a film comprised of shortcuts, and I don’t buy that the shortcuts are the point when those shortcuts also serve the dino carnage that the movie gleefully presents.
- Collider
June 25, 2018 | Full review
While the plot was fairly boring, the Eli Mills and Ken Wheatley were just as bad.
- Reel Rundown
July 10, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Owen and Claire return to the ruins of the Jurassic World theme park to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from a looming volcanic extinction.

Overall Product Rankings

1. The Passion of the Christ
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 11
2. Top Gun
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Deadpool 2
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 16
4. Iron Man 2
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 15
5. The Shawshank Redemption
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 10
A Quiet Place
6. Paramount Pictures A Quiet Place
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 14
7. I Can Only Imagine
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 14
8. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 14
9. Venom
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 16
10. The Da Vinci Code
Overall Score: 5.8
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Movies

While watching new movies in the theater comes with lots of excitement, there’s nothing quite like curling up on the couch to watch a movie at home. In many cases, watching a movie at home is far cheaper than going to the theater, especially if you have several movie-watching friends. But adding in some popcorn and sodas, the whole evening can cost an arm and a leg!

When you watch a movie at home, you have the benefit of having control. At the theater, the movie stops for no one. If you miss a line, for example, you can’t replay the crucial scene you missed. At home, on the other hand, you have the freedom to re-watch lines or scenes when you need more time to figure out what is happening. For those that need frequent bathroom breaks, you can easily pause the movie at home, whereas you may miss pivotal scenes when you have to run out of the theater.

At the theater, you’re surrounded by all sorts of people. Some are loud and obnoxious and can ruin your night with spoilers or unnecessary commentary. Having to deal with people kicking the back of your seat or throwing popcorn at the screen is no fun either. When you’re at home, you can choose who you get to watch the movie with. If you’re in the mood to be alone, you can do that too. That’s not an option you get at the theater!

An important part of the movie-watching experience is the snacks! It’s almost impossible to sit through a full movie without munching on something crunchy or sweet. At the theater, you’re limited to whatever they sell. It’s rare to find things outside of the realm of normal, which includes popcorn, candy and sodas. At home, you can eat whatever you choose with your movie. Some people even create themed snacks that complement the plot of the movie to get really into the storyline.

DYWM Fun Fact

Did you know that the first-ever motion-picture film was made long ago in 1888? “Roundhay Garden Scene” is a short movie, only 2.11 seconds long,  directed by French inventor Louis Le Prince. The black-and-white silent scene of four people walking in a garden actually holds the title in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest surviving film in existence.

A few years later, in 1895, another black-and-white silent short film of a train pulling into a train station caused quite the commotion when it was shown to audiences. “Arrival of a Train” was directed by The Lumière Brothers. Film was such a novelty back then that people were almost frightened of it. Legend says that as the film showed the train coming towards the camera, members of the audience screamed in terror and ran to the back of the room in a panic.

The Movie Buying Guide

  • The most important part of selecting which movie to watch at home is the plot. It’s crucial to pick a movie that is about something that interests you. “The Passion of the Christ” is an emotional and captivating retelling of the final twelve hours of the life of Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion. On the other hand, “Top Gun” is about the Navy’s prestigious fighter weapons school. It follows the adventures of Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell as he aims to be the best he can be. “Deadpool 2” is about the wisecracking and extremely sarcastic superhero, who joins forces with other powerful do-gooders to help save his friend Russell from a genetically enhanced futuristic soldier. In “Iron Man 2,” Tony Stark must navigate the increasing pressure from everyone to share his technology with the military. Now that everyone knows who Iron Man is, the stakes are different for him.
  • Sometimes, the plot of the movie isn’t as important as the genre of the film. For some people, it’s more exciting to choose a film based on the kind of movie it is. Movies often follow similar tropes, themes and storylines based on the kind of genre the movie falls into. “The Passion of the Christ” is a historical drama, unlike “Top Gun,” which is an action film. Both “Deadpool 2” and “Iron Man 2” are superhero movies, full of action and adventure. However, “Deadpool 2” can also be considered a comedy, while “Iron Man 2” is more dramatic and serious.
  • Another important factor to consider when choosing which movie to watch at home is the length. Some movies can be up to three hours long while others are a short 90 minutes. That’s why it’s wise to check the running time of a movie to make sure you have enough time to watch it. For example, “The Passion of the Christ” runs 2 hours and 6 minutes, while “Top Gun” is 1 hour and 49 minutes. “Deadpool 2” is 1 hour and 59 minutes and “Iron Man 2” is 2 hours and 4 minutes.
  • One of the major reasons people choose to watch movies at home instead of the theater is cost. If you have Amazon Prime, you can watch “The Passion of the Christ” and “Iron Man 2” for free. You can rent “Top Gun” for under $5 and buy it for under $15. If it’s “Deadpool 2” you’re after, you can buy it for under $20.
  • The rating of a movie may affect whether you choose to watch it at home, depending on your age or the ages of the people you’re watching with. “The Passion of the Christ” and “Deadpool 2” are both rated R, which means that they are not for people under the age of 17 as it contains adult material that is not suitable for children. On the other hand, “Iron Man 2” is rated PG 13, which means that parents should be very cautious showing this movie to children under the age of 13. “Top Gun” is rated PG, which suggests that is suitable for most children with parental guidance.
  • You may want to pick a movie based on how much other viewers have liked it. If you’re going to invest a couple of hours of your time, it’s nice to know that it will be worth it. In this case, “The Passion of the Christ,” “Top Gun,” “Deadpool 2” and “Iron Man 2” are all top-rated flicks, so they are all well-liked by their audiences.