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White Squall Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    53

    out of 100

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

  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The failures of White Squall are dismaying as well as perplexing. Director Ridley Scott serves up some ravishing images along the way: the stark geometry of the ship's riggings against an azure sky, crew kids scampering along a verdant ridge toward a volcano's silvery crater lake. But the script is a shambles. [06 Feb 1996]

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The 15-minute squall is spectacular and the movie's partial redeemer - the minimum you'd hope for in a movie called White Squall, don't you think? [02 Feb 1996]

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    White Squall is lovely to look at, but frustrating to behold.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I enjoyed the movie for the sheer physical exuberance of its adventure. It is magnificently mounted and photographed.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    White Squall is a success because the good elements are so well-orchestrated that they dwarf the few obvious flaws. This film offers just about everything, including a twenty-minute white-knuckle sequence and a chance to shed a few tears. In short, it's first-rate entertainment.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Scott is able to make it fresh and lyrical, as well as give us rousingly exciting scenes of nature in eruption. [02 Feb 1996]

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