A novelization by Scott Ciencin, aimed at young children, was published, as well. Ciencin also wrote three children's books to tie in with the film's events: Jurassic Park Adventures: Survivor, the first book, details the eight weeks Eric spent alone on Isla Sorna; Jurassic Park Adventures: Prey has Eric and Alan returning to Isla Sorna to rescue a group of teenage filmmakers; and Jurassic Park Adventures: Flyers involves Eric and Alan leading the Pteranodon home after they nest in a Universal Studios theme park.
Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman, who praised the previous Jurassic Park films, awarded the third film a C grade, writing \"Jurassic Park III has no pretensions to be anything more than a goose-bumpy fantasy theme-park ride for kids, but it's such a routine ride. Spielberg's wizardry is gone, and his balletic light touch as well, and that gives too much of this 90-minute movie over to the duller-than-dull characters\". Derek Elley of Variety called the film \"an all-action, helter-skelter, don't-forget-to-buy-the-computer-game ride that makes the two previous installments look like models of classic filmmaking\". Ben Varkontine of PopMatters called it \"not as good a ride as the first, but a damn sight better than the second\". Apollo Movie Guide panned the film as being \"almost the same as the first movie\" with \"no need for new ideas or even a script\". Empire magazine gave the film 3 stars out of 5, calling it \"short, scrappy and intermittently scary\".
Several critics reviewed the film in 2015, when Jurassic World was released. Justin Harp of Digital Spy wrote that despite the shortcomings of Jurassic Park III, it \"remains immensely watchable and visually impressive. It manages to strike a clear balance between moments of terror and genuine laughs\". Although Harp considered the film to be the black sheep of the series, he described it as \"fresh, exciting and, most of all, a whole lot of fun\". Matt Goldberg of Collider wrote that the film \"doesn't really have any reason to exist beyond proving that the franchise maybe never should have been a franchise to begin with\". Goldberg stated that the film \"is overly excited to let you know [the raptors] can vocally speak to each other, which ends up just looking funny. It feels like we're missing subtitles\". Zaki Hasan of Sequart Organization enjoyed the film, but wrote that it has issues such as the abrupt ending. 1e1e36bf2d