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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

1984
Action
Adventure
1h 58m
After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace (imdb)
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

1984
Action
Adventure
1h 58m
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Rated 07 Jul 2020
92
84th
If Raiders was great milk chocolate, then TOD is really good dark chocolate. Lots of fun, and the entire third act is some incredible nonstop action. Spielberg later said that he made Last Crusade as an apology for this movie, but there's another entry in this series he should apologize for a lot more than this one.
Rated 27 Nov 2010
96
99th
Indy is an iconic character, one of the all-time greats. This unfairly criticized prequel is even better than I remembered it. I love how Lucas and Spielberg - with their, at the time, seemingly unlimited imagination - don't try to replicate Raiders. A whole lot darker, but equally as fun, dazzling you from the first frame to the last, this is (in the cart chase sequence literally) one long rollercoaster ride. Every set-piece is amazing; the campy humor a riot. Brilliantly crafted entertainment.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
13
0th
This is a mockery of Raiders. The witty, ballsy, drink-you-under-the-table Marian Ravenswood is gone, replaced with the shrieking, stupid, whining Willie Scott. Bumbling but lovable Salaam is replaced with "Short Round," easily the most annoying kid in any movie. Entirely too slapsticky, relies too heavily on gross-out tricks and even the special effects are sub-par. Most disappointing sequel ever.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
76th
Sure, it's much darker and creepier than the other Indy films, but c'mon. This movie is still a great action flick. You get to see how even Indy isn't perfect or completely good. Is it as fun as the others? Well, not really. Is it still a great film? You bet! Really good!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
92nd
The dark prequel of the three Jones films continued the movie marriage made in heaven with Lucas and Spielberg. While the darker feel of the film may be less suitable for younger audiences, this is still an outright excellent ride from start to finish.
Rated 17 Aug 2007
92
96th
I absolutely love this sequel, I don't care what anyone says. It's darker, more graphic, and absolutely awesome.
Rated 28 Apr 2011
84
49th
Some racial insensitivity, an overly-dark middle portion and shrill damsel-in-distress Kate Capshaw still aren't enough to sink this hugely entertaining installment in the Indiana Jones series.
Rated 04 Apr 2020
47
21st
"So how do we end this, George?" "No idea, Steve." "Let's see... any chance this movie WON'T get banned in India?" "Not really. We've basically adapted White Man's Burden for a Disneyland ride." "Fine. Send in the British army to save them."
Rated 14 Oct 2020
89
86th
While it's true that the "comedic" aspects of Willie may induce eyerolling & some of the action is far more cartoonish than Raiders or TLC, I like this more than TLC because it's entirely new & different unlike Crusade which attempts to repeat stuff from the first film to lesser effect (like the desert chase) & the last 20 minutes is filled w/ thrilling action set pieces (that rope bridge!), not riddle-solving like Crusade. This also has Short Round, a great tip of the hat to kid sidekicks.
Rated 08 Jan 2016
10
3rd
You know, it's funny - Short Round is actually probably the *least* annoying thing about this. Okay, okay - it has excellent cinematography, and the actors all do their best. But it turns out that making a movie all about how weird and threatening and gross and unpleasant another culture is is NOT ACTUALLY FUN!? Also, Indiana Jones is a jerk and I can totally sympathize with the woman he shanghaied into this?!? (And it didn't have the lively pacing of Raiders, or the meaningful stakes, or...)
Rated 20 Jan 2016
30
7th
I avoided this one for years, because of its hugely racist reputation. And, wow, it really is an ugly film with deep racial prejudices. But it's so much more than just staggeringly offensive, it's also completely lacking in fun. There's no joy, intrigue, or any of the franchise's redeeming qualities. Indy is an asshole from start to finish, his love interest seems to have been written to be as miserable & unsympathetic as possible, and the only character worth liking at all is named Short Round.
Rated 12 Dec 2007
78
68th
Honestly it doesn't come close to the original. It's full of relatively cheap slap-stick laughs, grossouts for the sake of grossouts and TWO sidekicks for the sake of comedy. It's just too much all around and really takes away from what made Raiders of the Lost Ark so much fun in the first place. Of course this is far better than an average adventure flick, the action here is entertaining and Ford is great, but the original set the standards for the trilogy very, very high.
Rated 23 Jun 2007
3
38th
Only a couple of complaints: kid sidekicks are stupid, helpless female tag-alongs are annoying, and kicking the hell out of a cheesy voodoo Indian cult is a lot less romantic and American as kicking some Nazi ass. Otherwise, it's still a blast, just a cheesy, somewhat incompetent one.
Rated 04 Aug 2007
40
12th
Once you get past the magic childhood memories, it really isn't a very good movie...
Rated 06 Jan 2019
95
96th
Hold on to yo potatoes because in this George Lucas is full of bad ideas rough sequel: ANYTHING GOES. *Rips out Gene Shalit's still beating heart and dunks him into a PG lava pit*
Rated 26 Apr 2009
35
11th
I must be the only one here who thinks this is just one stupid scene or annoyance after another, start to finish. The female lead is a dumb blonde who only spouts cliched dumb blonde lines; the unnecessary sidekick is an annoying Asian kid who says things like 'fary funny' (that's what it sounds like anyway...). Doesn't hold a candle to the first in the trilogy, and that in itself makes it almost unwatchable for me.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
65th
Great, but not as good as the original. The heart scene pushed it into the totally unbelieveable category.
Rated 12 Oct 2007
85
84th
My least favourite of the trilogy as a child, Temple of Doom is my second favourite as an adult (behind Raiders). The opening 10 minutes is genius - funny, bizarre, and thrilling. I would pay to watch a movie where Indy and Lao Che sit at a table, each one upping the other for 2 hours. Yes, Willie is a bit annoying and Short Round is a little silly as he yells "doctah jones" once every 5 minutes. But the locales, the darkness, the stunts, etc make it up... an exceptional adventure film.
Rated 10 Jan 2010
47
43rd
Along with Crystal Skull, it's compelling evidence that Nazis were the secret ingredient. Kate Capshaw is one of the worst female leads ever.
Rated 05 Mar 2008
4
13th
Being married to Kate Capshaw must be a real bitch. I wish she was as charming as Marion in Raiders. And what about Short Round, probably the worst sidekick I can think of aside from Jar Jar Binks. Just an awful, awful sequel, which is a shame because I loved the 1st one. Harrison Ford saved this film from the bottomless pit it was falling into...
Rated 19 Feb 2019
72
52nd
Just rewatched both this and Raiders. Honestly this movie is a bit smoother in terms of flow and plot. It's just not got the same iconic moments or level of fun. And both the lady sidekick and tiny Asian sidekick spend too much time screaming which is annoying. But a better addition to the Jones franchise than I remember. Also, how is this only rated PG? Burning alive, human sacrifice, guy gets crushed to death, child slavery, eaten by crocodiles. Pretty heavy shit.
Rated 22 Jan 2008
30
11th
Even as a kid I hated Kate Capshaw for screaming through this entire fucking movie. The dinner scene is pointless, the bug pit is just like the snakes in Raiders, and the dark magic voodoo doll stuff pointless.
Rated 08 Jul 2007
75
63rd
The weakest film of the saga is still 2 hours of mindless super fun. Edit: I'm glad 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' exists so people value this one, which isn't the 'weakest film of the saga' anymore!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
90th
Hands down the best of the trilogy/series (so far), I would say, when you talk about pure story, action, and acting.
Rated 18 Mar 2007
80
60th
It may be the worst Indiana Jones movie but it's still really entertaining nonetheless.
Rated 15 Aug 2008
90
49th
Exciting, frequently humorous, and entertaining, but darker than the first.
Rated 30 Mar 2007
99
91st
People whine about this one but I still think it's great. The opening sequence alone is worth the time and money
Rated 04 May 2010
99
99th
Not quite as good as Raiders of the Lost Ark or Last Crusade, but still an extremely enjoyable moviewatching experience. I was surprised, watching the movie now, to see how dark it is. Then again, this darkness is counterweighted by the presence of Short Round and some childish humor (Willie and Short Round swinging punches in the air while Indy fights Thuggee guards). Whatever its fault, Temple of Doom is still one of the best moviegoing experiences I can think of.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
80
77th
Not the best from the original trilogy, but still a solid entry. They don't make movies like this anymore.
Rated 06 Jan 2010
95
96th
Indy does India! While most scenes are marred by annoying love interest Willie Scott, there's still enough Indy-action-fun to be had here, to warrant it's status as a classic. Snake surprise!
Rated 22 Aug 2007
45
4th
Easily the worst of the Indiana Jones Trilogy, a contrived and so-so story was pretty much ruined by two of the most annoying co-stars ever. Too much screaming!
Rated 13 Jan 2010
75
67th
Of the original three this one is the worst. The plot isn't half bad it just had two incredibly annoying characters in the movie the whole time. The "heroine" just cried and whined the whole time and little Short Round was a terrible sidekick. Harrison Fords greatness and a few memorable scenes keep this from really sucking but it's still nowhere near Raiders and the Last Crusade.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
6
70th
It's definitely the weak link of the series, with a forgettable story, less humor, more claustrophobic feel, and Short Round and Kate Capshaw hamming it up, but it's still a fun, lively adventure movie. Just happens to be sandwiched between two much more lively, more fun adventure movies.
Rated 01 Aug 2009
86
92nd
A close second to "Raiders of the Lost Ark" for me. "Temple of Doom" is bursting with charm and fun. Really it is only a couple of quite annoying characters that let this movie down.
Rated 26 Nov 2017
70
32nd
Weakest of 1st trilogy. (Let's just forget #4 ever happened) Campy racist, childish stereotypical villains. Annoying shrill love interest is a major downgrade (tho clearly 4 comedic purposes)
Rated 09 Apr 2012
63
43rd
In the battle of "who can ruin a franchise" we have Short Round in the blue corner appealing to children everywhere, and in the red corner we have the director's girlfriend, appealing to women that complain about everything.
Rated 02 Dec 2008
85
83rd
Screw all y'all, this is the Jones flick that should be required viewing. I don't know, maybe it's because I saw it as a kid, or maybe just because it has Shortround and... Mola Ram! (Gotta yell it), but this is totally my favorite Indiana movie. Whenever I want to watch one of the trilogy, this typically the one I reach for. I've heard some call it offensive... I don't see, but maybe I just refuse to. Who knows?
Rated 21 Feb 2011
85
95th
Many users, whose opinion i value, dislike this for some weird reason. Yeah, shorty and willy are often annoying, but i can't imagine how the movie'd work without them. So fuck that, this prequel still exudes stakes and adventure more than any comparable bullshit i can think of, and the setting is my series' favorite. Exotic, weird, gruelling and fun. Especially puri is great, selling the bad ass antagonist despite seriously limited screentime.
Rated 13 Jul 2007
4
83rd
I've revisited this and decided I like it. Plenty of pants-crappingly suspenseful scenes, including the famous mining car chase over hot lava. Maintains a killer pace. Short Round owns, Indiana Jones owns.
Rated 31 Mar 2012
85
50th
I hate to admit this, but I'm pretty sure I've been EXTREMELY hesitant to try new foods (especially from Asian countries) after watching this movie as a kid. There'll always be a dark part of my brain that tells me, "If it ain't a cheeseburger, then it's monkey brains and eyeball soup." This movie turned me into a food racist.
Rated 04 Jan 2016
8
80th
With the stereotypical exotic Indian locale being milked for all it's worth, this sequel simultaneously takes turns towards darker (see the horrifying human-sacrificing cult and their child slaves) and funnier (see the outrageous palace meal) material. Capshaw's distressed diva and Quan's charming ESL kid sidekick add further humour to a stacked line-up of action sequences in the same vein as its predecessor, making them even more memorable (the secret chamber with spikes scene is a standout).
Rated 15 Jan 2016
73
63rd
Fails to duplicate Raiders’ perfect pacing, wry screenplay, or efficient storytelling, and yet, Spielberg is as brilliant a craftsman as there’s ever been. He makes this material work. The bookending stuff in particular pretty much redeems the whole movie. The opening club fight and chase is pure joy, and the finale (mine cart chase / bridge stand-off) is thrilling. And even when mired in semi-aimless cult wandering and typical 80s-era racism, Spielberg’s direction is as beautiful as ever.
Rated 02 Jan 2013
70
77th
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a darker Indiana Jones film than the one that preceded it, but it's still a lot of fun and contains some very exciting moments. What didn't work as well was the love interest -- in part because the character is written to be weaker than Marion, and also because Capshaw's chemistry with Ford wasn't as strong -- and the kid sidekick -- which didn't work because it wasn't given a whole lot of time to develop.
Rated 16 Feb 2009
100
99th
Without hyperbole, this is my favorite film of all time. I have it memorized. The pacing and music and images and story telling and acting are all superb and it has probably had more of an impact on who I am as a person than any other film EVER!
Rated 18 Dec 2009
5
81st
haters gonna hate
Rated 23 Feb 2010
87
82nd
"Hey, lady! You call him Dr. Jones!"
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
97th
AWESOME! Can movies get any better?
Rated 10 Apr 2010
38
1st
This was really annoying especially that bitch Willy and all the stupid racial stereotypes and the retarded way the Indians behave.The humour was really bad and retarded. I know it's and adventure film, but it's so fucking unrealistic it makes me wanna puke...Raiders of the lost ark was so much more realistic and loveable. Also all the action in Temple of Doom is really lame as opposed to the intense scenes in Raiders of the lost ark. I give it a 38 because it had some good moments.
Rated 29 Feb 2008
70
61st
Definetly the worst part of the original trilogy. They threw away the nazis and decided to add annoying chick and bad script.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
64
15th
Some people are a bit hard on this, but I can see where they're coming from. Short Round is an annoying stereotype, but it's nothing compared to Capshaw's shrillness and the terrible depiction of Indian culture. Still, it's Indy and that makes up for some of it. There's a reasonable amount of fun amongst the debris.
Rated 27 Jun 2023
82
57th
A prequel movie showing how Indiana Jones groomed his first child
Rated 03 Aug 2007
45
4th
Self-indulgent, mean-spirited, and ugly, this movie is a massive betrayal of everything that made Raiders great. However: the Shanghai sequence is ten of the most brilliant minutes of anything ever filmed.
Rated 04 May 2021
35
3rd
Even as a kid, I felt uncomfortable at how racist this was. 20 years later and it's literally unwatchable - I actually can't sit through the entire thing without switching it off in disgust. Add to that an irredeemably obnoxious Kate Capshaw, scene-after-scene of terrible slapstick and a glacial pacing, means that this is, without a doubt, the worst film Spielberg has ever made.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
86
63rd
Kate Capshaw is extremely obnoxious. If she were not in the movie, I would have rated it much higer.
Rated 27 Apr 2007
85
72nd
One of the best series of all time...they managed to continue it without being boring
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
82nd
While this film is the weakest of the trilogy, it still stands the test of time as an enjoyable, familiar adventure flick with all the Saturday Morning Serial flavor that one comes to enjoy from the Indy series. It's also full to the brim with quotes.
Rated 18 Aug 2009
72
22nd
Probably the very worst, by far, of the Indiana Jones series. Nonetheless, tolerable required viewing and reviewing for the true Indiana Jones fan. Great opening scene; it digresses from there.
Rated 05 Nov 2010
73
47th
The atmosphere is very dark, but there is still some funny jokes throw in. Suffers more from the fact that Marion isn't in it, that blonde is annoying.
Rated 03 Apr 2010
80
68th
Darker than the others, but also with more cheesy characters and plot elements, but still great.
Rated 18 Feb 2014
45
36th
I have no idea how this ever got made. It's not bad, but it's incredibly tonally inconsistent. Willie Scott is as annoying as advertised. I wonder what shot it was where Spielberg knew "that's the woman I love."
Rated 28 Sep 2009
20
9th
I hate this Indiana Jones. Not as bad as Crystal Skull but, in my opinion, not even worth watching.
Rated 10 Apr 2007
90
93rd
Not as good as the other two in the trilogy, but still extremely entertaining.
Rated 31 Dec 2007
90
90th
If you first saw the Indiana Jones movies as a kid, this was undoubtedly your favorite of the bunch (followed by Last Crusade). It's essentially a Hollywood-caliber B-movie, though it's much better than that description would imply.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
97th
The second film in the trilogy of the greatest adventure films of all time.
Rated 06 Jan 2019
70
52nd
There's some classic scenes, but damn, you gotta power through Short Round. Also, Willie is a badly written character. She's annoying and never has a redemptive arc. She only serves to be an annoying tag-along.
Rated 28 Dec 2013
8
76th
The Temple of Doom is regarded my many as the least favourite of the original trilogy. I can't put my finger on it, but it slightly lacks the awesomeness of Raiders. But it's still a great film and I absolutely loved it growing up. Ford has completely grown into the character and nobody else could or should ever portray Indy. Sidekicks Capshaw & Ke Quan just annoy. The story telling, set pieces and score are all superb once again though. All in all this is a nostalgic and solid Indy sequel.
Rated 30 Jun 2008
100
92nd
Best of the series, one of my favorite movies. Top three in fact.
Rated 17 Apr 2009
6
52nd
Not even Indy's coolness can carry this one. Its not a movie I wanna watch anytime soon like the other two originals. Has its moments but not nearly as fun or entertaining as "Raiders" or "Crusade".
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
94th
A classic adventure flick. Breathless pacing, terrific acting and a good story to boot.
Rated 17 Oct 2011
20
8th
So bad.
Rated 25 Jun 2007
92
96th
This movie scared the crap out of me for about 10 years...no seriously, I watched this movie for the first time in about '87 (i was 8) I don't think I watched it again until '95. Something about that dude pulling out people's hearts scarred me. But still awesome.
Rated 28 Jun 2013
71
40th
Credit has to be given where it's due for Temple of Doom. It doesn't shy away from darker elements, and it doesn't pull its punches. Those are what punctuate this movie, maybe even more so than necessary. The dark elements make the movie a bit unpleasant to experience. The comic relief is a bit hit or miss; Harrison Ford is still witty, but the two supporting characters can be pretty annoying. As a whole, the movie is still fun, but definitely the weakest of the first three Indiana Jones movies.
Rated 26 Jan 2007
88
71st
I can't help agreeing with the masses here: this one really does pale in comparison with the other two. The pacing is slower, the story is weirder and crosses the border into insanely ridiculous, and the special effects are worse than that of Raiders or Last Crusade. Gripe over, this is still a good movie. I laughed very hard at Indy's face when he says, "WE... ARE GOING... TO DIE!"
Rated 22 Mar 2007
75
42nd
Pretty good, not great like the others. SORRY TEMPLE OF DOOM IT'S TRUE.
Rated 26 Jun 2007
90
79th
My favorite Indiana Jones, though just as good as the first.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
100
98th
My favorite Indy Jones film.
Rated 16 Nov 2016
83
87th
Of the common criticisms 'darker tone', Ke Quan and Capshaw, the latter is the only one I truly agree with. 'Willie Scott' is just an incredibly annoying character so I can't even blame Capshaw, but she comes close to ruining a number of scenes. 'Willie' aside, this is another classic action adventure. Chronologically ToD is a prequel to Raiders but stands as an isolated story. It's a darker tale involving child slavery and human sacrifice, but ToD remains an entertaining rollercoaster ride
Rated 13 Feb 2012
77
82nd
I guess I'm the only guy who liked Short Round, but I could have done without the constant shrill yelling of Capshaw. The set pieces here are probably my favorite in the trilogy. While it's not as good as the first, it's still a really enjoyable outing.
Rated 01 Oct 2017
100
91st
Darker, grittier, and all the better for it, "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" is pulpy, sure, but that's the point of it all, just as thrilling a recreation of adventure serials as "Raiders" but perhaps more dedicated, with over the top violence, song and dance numbers, and yes, vaguely disconcerting cultural portrayals aplenty, however satirical. It's less accessible than its predecessor, but it's never anything less than a whip-cracking good time at the movies. Anything goes!
Rated 18 May 2011
32
4th
To be fair, I never finished it, but it's nigh on unbearable, which is a shame, because I like Raiders and love Crusade.
Rated 15 Nov 2008
97
90th
Brilliant film! One for all the family to enjoy.
Rated 01 Feb 2007
79
85th
Surprisingly funnier than the first one.
Rated 05 May 2018
90
64th
Not as good as Raiders of the Lost Ark, but still an enjoyable adventure movie. It's a bit darker, but not by much as the first was darker than I remembered. While darker it is also a bit too much over the top and even silly. Willie Scott is also a pretty terrible character, she's just really annoying the whole movie. I still enjoyed it, but it wasn't nearly as solid of a movie as Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Rated 01 Jun 2009
63
47th
Worst of the early trilogy? This is still the worst of the series as far as I'm concerned. For sidekicks we've got a shrill asian boy and a shrieking harpie screaming god knows what as our hero yells at them to shut the fuck up. Does that sound like fun? Of course it still has elaborate set pieces and action sequences, and it's Indy so I can't entirely hate it...but still. This is beyond underwhelming. Bonus points for hilarity when Shortround cries and tells brainwashed Indy that he loves him.
Rated 17 Jul 2009
82
87th
Campy but awesome
Rated 02 Jan 2010
45
36th
Crappier than the others, probably better than 4
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
86th
Classic.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
10
4th
virtually no comic value
Rated 19 Aug 2007
80
78th
Dark prequel to Raiders, which is excellent
Rated 17 Jan 2010
65
42nd
It's not so bad if you just realize the plot is lifted straight from a bad 30's pulp magazine. The ethnic stereotyping and the campy villains is a staple of that. Overall it's completely preposterous though with some special effects scenes that looked dated even for the 80's. Nothing particularly memorable here.
Rated 08 Sep 2008
50
24th
This is a downright terrible movie, guys. 50 points for Indy. Short Round and Capshaw are racist/sexist and annoying beyond all reason. When Kate sings, "Anything Goes" in Mandarin with a complete musical number, I guess Spielberg is trying to tell us not to take anything seriously. But it's Indy, so I feel obliged.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
48th
the weakest of the series.
Rated 18 Jul 2008
95
80th
This definitely does not stand all the way up to the first Indy, but Temple of Doom has a special place in my heart. Don't tell me that you didn't smile when Short Round was reunited with Indy!
Rated 14 Jul 2012
65
60th
I liked that the storyline in this one revolved around helping people in need rather than just killing a shit-load of Nazis and nicking an ancient artifact. Indy feels a bit more human as a result. It still has a few moments where you seriously need to suspend all levels of disbelief, but on the whole it's good fun.
Rated 14 Jun 2009
70
44th
Indy is cool, but is his coolness enough to counter the stupidity of some of cinema's worst supporting characters?
Rated 12 Jun 2016
83
64th
It may be too dark for some, but Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a nail-biting adventure flick full of popcorn thrills and rousing action.
Rated 23 Apr 2009
65
71st
It's true. This film is worse than "Raiders of the Lost Ark". More family friendly, with couple of terrible characters thrown in (yes, I'm speaking about Indies romantic interest and his sidekick). And i bet Lucas is responsible for that terrible dialogs. Same level as Star wars prequels. BUT the action was very good, and almost non-stop. Forgivable misstep.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
6
55th
You really need to turn your brain off to enjoy this one. Also, fast forward through every time Short Round speaks, man that kid is annoying as fuck.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
71st
Indy takes a lot of abuse - and actually, so do younger viewers. It's intense, man. Conversely, the love story is a little too saccarine.
Rated 29 Jun 2010
3
32nd
It was mediocre and silly up until the ending where it became unforgivably stupid.

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