Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
April 25, 2011
Percy Jackson is simply uninspired in every single meaning of the word. It's probably the crassest, most obviously derivative work of this sort since Eragon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 10, 2010
For what it is and for whom it is intended, it's not a bad movie, just an indifferent one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Plotz
Slate
February 11, 2010
Columbus directs with his usual frying pan to the head. Music is forever swelling majestically. Characters are always opening wide their eyes and mouths to gaze in wonder.
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
February 12, 2010
Columbus knows his way around this kind of material even if some of the special effects look like they came from Deep Discount.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 11, 2010
Even with all its computer-generated fireballs, it's lukewarm medium-budget blockbustering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Starkey
Premiere Magazine
February 12, 2010
Whew boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Carrie R. Wheadon
Common Sense Media
February 12, 2010
Too scary for younger fans of the popular book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
July 6, 2010
Mildly diverting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Gilchrist
H Magazine
February 16, 2010
there's not one single thing in it that will appeal to a person who has ever seen a mythological origin story before, much less any other sort of adventure movie.
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
February 19, 2010
A safe, bland, test-marketed product made for tween mass consumption. Like most films arriving with ampersands and colons in the title, it's a bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jenna Busch
Newsarama
February 12, 2010
My problems with it are the same as with most screen adaptations of young adult novels...they spend so much time struggling to explain the world they're creating that they forget which parts of the story people want to see...they figure that people (kids)
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
February 10, 2010
Harry Potter knockoffs don't come more transparent and slapdash than this wannabe-franchise jumpstarter directed by Chris Columbus.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
February 11, 2010
gets so many things right that when it goes astray that you kind of wish it hadn't tried in the first place
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Leupp
Hollywood.com
February 12, 2010
Sorry Mr. Jackson, but Harry Potter you ain't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
February 12, 2010
Has all the CGI sorcery of a Harry Potter pic, but none of the magic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
February 12, 2010
The Lightning Thief is all crass ineptitude and lost potential. Columbus' infantilizing of any character depth and use of leftover Harry Potter special effects will amuse only the smallest in your pantheon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
February 12, 2010
A clunky kid-sized epic, able to conjure colossal acts of Greek myth wonderment, but never brave enough to shut its pie hole and let the audience process the screen magic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
March 3, 2010
Another attempted launch of a teen-aimed franchise, but this show-boat is rowing through the motions. Seen-that, been-there fantasy-epic stuff with dialogue more wooden and hollow than the Trojan Horse.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
February 16, 2010
Very American, very crass and very underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 11, 2010
A little bit worse than lifeless; it's clueless, like a Medusa running around with her head cut off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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