The Wandering Earth (2019)

The Wandering Earth is a  West Chinese science fiction film that grossed 700.8 million over a $50 million budget, becoming the 3rd-highest-grossing film of 2019.  It’s loosely based on the novella by Liu Cixin.  It’s rated M for survival themes and coarse language (in Australia).  The following are the 10 most recent Rotten Tomatoes critical reviews for the film.


May 7, 2019
Only the most hardcore gluttons for Roland Emmerich- and Dean Devlin-style mayhem will enjoy this thing, which pegs the Nonsense-O-Meter into the red until it pops.
May 6, 2019
The typical reluctant hero story entertains, and the film never loses its visual charm. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 11, 2019
Director Frant Gwo shoots these scenes with utter confidence and clarity, as well as something simple that is often forgotten with stories in fantastical worlds: awe.
March 8, 2019
The film’s dazzling, and big, and genuinely epic in its concerns and portent; but frankly, it’s also kind of a chore to get through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 8, 2019
Think Pacific Rim’s heart in When Worlds Collide’s body, wearing Armageddon’s clothes; hinged on what’s easily the most *ridiculous* not-outright-fantasy sci-fi conceit anyone has attempted to put to live action in (probably?) my lifetime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 5, 2019
The Wandering Earth may seem like one small step in the eyes of Western moviegoers, but it is one giant leap for Chinese cinema.
March 1, 2019
Once you get past the ridiculous central conceit and all the info dumps the film is a sturdy romp with several cool set pieces of the frozen world, some stellar interpretations of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and a pleasantly hopeful, humanitarian message.
February 28, 2019
This film’s success … may finally have opened the pod bay doors for more Chinese science-fiction films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2019
Proves that when it comes to watching special-effects extravaganzas in which stock characters scramble to intervene while the planet faces obliteration, it’s a small world after all.
February 27, 2019
As manufactured as the film is, The Wandering Earth is so ambitiously action-packed and visually stunning that it’s difficult not to be taken along for the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

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