Gulliver's Travels

December 25th, 2010


Gulliver's Travels

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Travel writer Lemuel Gulliver takes an assignment in Bermuda, but ends up on the island of Liliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 4.8/10 (21,682 voted)

Critic's Score: 33/100

Director: Rob Letterman

Stars: Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel

Lemuel Gulliver has been working in the mail room of a New York daily newspaper for the past ten years. Afraid to put himself out there, he considers himself a loser, as do all his peers. One day, after having finally had enough, he decides to declare his flame to the beautiful Darcy Silverman, the newspaper's travel editor and one of Gulliver's only friends...only to chicken out at the last minute and instead tell her that he'd like to try his hand at writing a column. Darcy accepts and sends him on an assignment to the Bermuda Triangle. There, Gulliver becomes shipwrecked and ends up on the island of Liliput, where he is twelve taller than the tallest man. For the first time, Gulliver has people looking up to him...

Writers: Joe Stillman, Nicholas Stoller

Jack Black - Lemuel Gulliver
Jason Segel - Horatio
Emily Blunt - Princess Mary
Amanda Peet - Darcy Silverman
Billy Connolly - King Theodore
Chris O'Dowd - General Edward
T.J. Miller - Dan
James Corden - Jinks
Catherine Tate - Queen Isabelle
Emmanuel Quatra - King Leopold
Olly Alexander - Prince August
Richard Laing - Nigel Travel Writer
David Sterne - Foreman
Stewart Scudamore - Blefuscian Captain
Jonathan Aris - Lilliputian Scientist

Taglines: Black is the new big


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Italy] |

Release Date: 25 December 2010

Filming Locations: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $112,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,307,691 (USA) (26 December 2010) (2546 Screens)

Gross: $42,776,259 (USA) (10 April 2011)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Former NBC Today Show news anchor Meredith Vieria was cast for a cameo in the film, but the scene was cut.

Factual errors: Gulliver finds his iPhone, but although there is no signal he is still able to retrieve his voice messages.

Lemuel Gulliver: I'm Invincible!

User Review

Gulliver's travesty.

Rating: 5/10

In the latest Gulliver go round ( there have been at least a dozen variations since 1902) we have a production of enormous precise detail vividly brought alive by state of the art special effects, grand set design and lavish costuming all crushed by the uninspired casting of the slobbering one note buffoon Jack Black in the title role. In his pudgy mitts the Swiftian satire becomes another heavy handed, predictable goof ball routine of sly eyed impishness and soft hearted sweetness applied in the same manner as in the rest of his "zany" canon.

Lemuel Gulliver sets out for the Bermuda Triangle to prove himself as a journalist and to win the heart of the girl of his dreams. Blown off course by a raging tropical storm he finds himself on the the tiny island of the tiny people, Liliput. Gaining their trust he is soon the rage of the land improving infrastructure and counseling the lovelorn. All goes well until he is challenged by General Edward and is humiliated before all who look up to him. Can Gulliver redeem himself? What's more important is that the filmmakers have enough story to fill the second half with fun pyrotechnics.

Black's cuddly bear, man child grows more tiresome with each performance and in Gulliver it's lights out early with the same boorish routine the ubiquitous media gadfly projects whether playing a role or doing an interview. Director Rob Letterman's film does have a precious look and he does inject some nice Python humor here and there but it is all obscured by Black's beached whale of a Gulliver. For lazy parents looking for a baby sitter, the film might serve as that crazy and funny uncle that can occupy the kiddies for two hours. Make sure though you send them with an older sibling. Unlike this loser of a film it will be a win, win for you to abstain.


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