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Poseidon Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… unapologetic and gratuitous CG death … Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A deeply dreadful movie -- no, a shallowly dreadful movie -- that's too unpleasant and repetitive to be entertaining, even as camp.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Poseidon is a sodden saga, with a script that is awash in clichés. It nearly drowns under the weight of its own soggy tedium.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Poseidon is devoid of anything that might conjure up memories of the Winslet/DiCaprio coupling. Its straightforward action/adventure approach is both a strength and a weakness.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Among the willing cast, only Jacinda Barrett and topliners Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell and Richard Dreyfuss manage, just barely, to suggest a third dimension to the script's cursory character sketches. But that won't matter to audiences craving a disaster thrill ride.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's a buoyant, old-wave disaster pic for a generation of well-conditioned thrill seekers charmed by the revelation that Richard Dreyfuss really is the Red Buttons of our day.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

Graphic disaster flick. Not for younger kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie begins with some family tension -- a single father and his teenage daughter clash over her boyfriend -- but as soon as the wave hits (some 10 minutes in), the brutal, often fatal, action is non-stop. So are the bodies: Broken, bloodied, and burned corpses appear every time the core group of survivors turns a corner. This group is beleaguered by fires, explosions, flooding/rushing water, and crashing architecture as they make their way to the surface. They teeter across hand-made bridges over dizzying heights, get locked in flooding rooms, fight with each other, and risk their lives for each other.

  • Families can talk about the formula of disaster films: How are relationships between characters forged through dire hardships? How does the movie use conventional gender roles: the women are fearful, loving, or maternal, and the boys are sneaky, assertive, or courageous?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Some characters are courageous and generous, saving others at great risk to themselves; others are plainly selfish and afraid; Dylan transitions from being selfish to selfless.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Many dead bodies, in various states (bloody, burned, broken, sometimes in foregrounds of shots); several explosions on the ship; character pinned under scaffolding; several characters fall from frightening heights; blood indicates injuries (mouth, eye, face, limbs); characters are caught in an airshaft; characters drown repeatedly; man tries to throw oxygen tank out a vacuum-ish hole, resulting in much tension and loud slamming of his body against columns and walls.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some kissing and discussion of romance between primary couple; one character is gay (we hear about a boyfriend who left him).

  • language false0

    Language: Very mild language ("damn," You gotta couple a big ones").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Vending machine with brands visible.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoke cigarettes at party, drink alcohol; nasty character drinks from flask and gets drunk during the escape.