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The Perfect Storm Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    59

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Petersen gives us monumental images of waves and rain and wind, but the editing is so choppy that the images don't build and crest.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    So much water. Such a dramatic washout.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A well-crafted example of a film of pure sensation. I do not mind admitting I was enthralled.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Scary and sad are the main concerns here.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some strong sailor language and some sexual references that can get crude. Characters drink and smoke a great deal. For most parents, the primary concern will be the scariness and sadness of the movie. It is very intense and many characters are killed. Parents should be willing to give kids deniability ("I really want to see it but my parents won't let me!") if they sense that the kids do not want to go.

  • Families can talk about the way the characters evaluate their options and deal with the consequences of their decisions. After the first rescue, the Coast Guard is told that their superiors cannot order them to go to the second, because it is too hazardous. What went into their decision about how to respond? Captain Tyne had to decide whether to try to get home through the storm in time to save their catch or protect his men's lives while losing all their money. How did he decide?

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Many deaths. Very intense peril.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Sexual references and situations.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of drinking and smoking, scenes in bar.

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