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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

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  • 2.0
    39

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Nathan Fillion is the movie's brightest spot as Hermes, re-envisioned as a UPS manager. He makes a quip about how the best TV series always get canceled, in a nod to Firefly, the iconic sci-fi show in which he starred.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Bruce Ingram

    The big action set pieces fizzle. And that’s not good for a fantasy adventure movie, especially when the fantasy component is frequently undercut by sub-standard special effects.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Action-packed sequel still doesn't live up to book series.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is the sequel to Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief -- both of which are based on Rick Riordan's best-selling fantasy book series. Riordan's action- and humor-packed tales are enormously popular with elementary-school readers, but, like its predecessor, this big-screen adaptation does include violence and peril-filled scenes (and a few presumed deaths) that could scare younger kids -- even if they're familiar with the story. Unlike the first movie, there aren't any inappropriate references to sexy women or relationships. Ultimately, this is a hero's journey in which a main character and his friends save each other and defeat evil.

  • Families can talk about film adaptations. How does Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters compare to the book it was based on? How about with the first movie? What changes did you like, and which parts of the book do you wish had made it to the big screen?

  • The Percy Jackson books are based on myths. What did you learn about mythological characters and stories? Does the movie make you want to read the books (either for the first time or again) or more about Greek myths?

  • Talk about the scare factor. Did anything make you want to hide under your chair? Which mythological monsters would you least like to see in the real world? Does fantasy violence have the same impact as more realistic violence?

  • Do you think there should be more Percy Jackson movies? What other children's books or series do you wish were turned into movies?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Percy's quest teaches that, in order to overcome obstacles, you need help, support, and guidance from friends, mentors, and people who know more than you. Percy must persevere despite his self doubt in order to protect his friends and his home. Tyson is a cyclops but not bloodthirsty like other cyclops; he makes it clear that you shouldn't judge someone before you get to know them.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are fiercely protective of one another. Percy conquers his self doubt to act like a leader and make tough decisions to save Camp Half Blood. Tyson immediately cares for Percy and loves having a brother. Tyson is self sacrificing and kind.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Lots of fantasy action. A flashback shows a young girl being killed by a cyclops and then turned into the roots of a magical tree. A giant Colchis Bull wreaks havoc on Camp Half Blood, where it injures several kids before fighting directly with both Percy and Tyson. There are three big fight scenes between Percy and his friends and the bad guys. Polyphemus, a huge cyclops, keeps threatening to eat either satyrs or half bloods and fights with Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Tyson. When brought back to life, Kronos is a frightening sight. Two characters are presumed dead -- and one does temporarily die before the golden fleece revives her.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Some discussion of how the gods have children with humans and other creatures. Percy and Annabeth share some lingering looks and are protective of each other but aren't outright romantic.

  • language false1

    Language: A couple of "damn"s. A character almost says "bitch," but it comes out with a long "bbbbb" sound.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Some of the characters wear Converse All-Stars. A UPS Store is shown during a pivotal scene, but it's actually an "OPS" (Olympian Parcel Service).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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