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Clash of the Titans (1981)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 13

A goofy, old-school sword-and-sandal epic, Clash of the Titans mines Greek mythology for its story and fleshes it out with Ray Harryhausen's charmingly archaic stop-motion animation techniques.

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A goofy, old-school sword-and-sandal epic, Clash of the Titans mines Greek mythology for its story and fleshes it out with Ray Harryhausen's charmingly archaic stop-motion animation techniques.

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The eschewing of modern optical effects techniques in favor of the classic stop-motion animation work of special effects legend Ray Harryhausen was a delightful highlight of this action adventure that attempted to give Greek mythology the Star Wars (1977) treatment. Harry Hamlin stars as Perseus, a mortal who, due to the interference of the mighty god Zeus (Laurence Olivier), finds himself in the city of Joppa, far away from his island home. There, he falls in love with Andromeda (Judi Bowker),

Jun 1, 2004

Warner Bros. Pictures

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (13) | DVD (21)

The visual effects are clearly the only thing here that's worth bothering with.

May 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

...a camp-infused fantasy flick that will probably work best among younger viewers and those with fond memories of its original theatrical release.

March 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Teenage boys will love it, but the rest of us will be frustrated by the storytelling, the shaky camerawork and the dubiously effective 3D presentation, which distracts more than it offers

March 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comments (5)
Urban Cinefile

...the last hurrah for the master of stop-motion animation, Ray Harryhausen, and it's unfortunate he went out on a less-than-perfect note.

February 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (3)
Movie Metropolis

A poignant eulogy to Harryhausen's handcrafted illusionism in a decade of increasingly synthetic effects

December 25, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

let your mind go, forgive the wear and tear of time and enjoy the adventure

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Os efeitos criados pelo lendário Harryhausen podem parecer frágeis diante dos avanços atuais, mas são perfeitos para esta obra que permanece descompromissadamente divertida.

May 6, 2008
Cinema em Cena

For Harryhausen worshippers only.

May 24, 2006 | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Though star-packed the film is sleep inducing.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I learned much of my mythology from this film.

August 12, 2005 | Comments (3)
7M Pictures

Dull adventure about Greek gods, despite Ray Harryhausen effects

July 7, 2005
Film Journal International

Offers an opportunity to see Shakesperean actors (Olivier, Maggie Smith) playing mythic roles in a frivolous, campy way.

June 19, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

visually striking

April 6, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

A minor classic in fantasy film circles with marvelous Harryhausen effects.

October 30, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Fun spin on the Greek myths despite its general goofiness

March 7, 2004
Lawrence Journal-World

Olivier chewing up scenery as Zeus? Heck yeah, where do I sign?

January 30, 2004
Needcoffee.com

Fine, vintage Harryhousen, but it's too old for when it came out.

December 12, 2003
Greenwich Village Gazette

Though Clash of the Titans can hardly be called a good movie, it has a certain quality -- a combination of camp and nostalgia -- that makes it appealing

December 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Gloriously goofy fun

November 14, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Ray Harryhausen's homely visual effects evoke sights unseen since Hoyt's The Lost World.

August 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Clash of the Titans

Engaging action, fantasy, Clash of the Titans is a highly entertaining film, but it does have a significant flaw, and that is that it shows its age. On the other hand, the cast do a good job in their performances. Despite the fact that it shows its age, it's still an entertaining movie that should appeal to genre fans. The effects are quite good for its time, however like I said, this is a dated affair. Overall the film is decent at best, and it had the potential of being really good, unfortunately it never realizes, and it has too many shortcomings that make this a somewhat entertaining, yet very flawed movie. I just didn't think it was a great movie, as it is, it a decent picture that tries to be too ambitious, and in turn, it loses track of telling a richly detailed and wonderful story. If you can manage 80's films that shows it age, then by all means, give Clash of the Titans a viewing. The film has its moments, but is also disappointing because it could have been much better. At times the performances are overbearing, and it becomes a bit ridiculous. At least a select few actors here can act, like Dame Maggie Smith, which I quite enjoyed here. I8f you're expecting a grand, epic movie, look elsewhere. Yes, it's a big story, but it feels hollow and empty at times, and it's what brings the film down as well. There are far better fantasy films out there than this one, and it's a shame that the film just fails to really enthrall the viewer. Decent, but never good, Clash of the Titans is one of those movies that should have been very good, and it makes you wonder, if the project had a different director, would this have turned out differently?
June 1, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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"Clash of the Titans (1981)," although dated, has a very good mythical story about rescuing the princess whom he is in love with. Along his journey, he encounters a two headed dog, a snake woman (medusa), giant scorpions, and the Kraken, something that you will be waiting to see throughout the entire film. What I love so much about this film is the fact that instead of giving small action scenes here and there, just to be let down by the short battle at the end, is the fact that they wait until the last three quarters of the movie to show any action sequences, so my needs are met by the end. Overall, I still am not a huge fan of fictional mythical stories, but this one has really caught my attention and deserves several watches. The action is cool, the characters are likeable, and the shots are key, for keeping the scale of the actual monsters a secret. I had a lot of fun with "Clash of the Titans (1981)" and I would definitely recommend it!
March 30, 2012
KJ Proulx

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A unique and unforgettable Greek mythology film. Clash of the Titans it's a delighful classic from the ending of my childhood. Fresh.
March 25, 2012
Lucas Martins

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The original CLASH OF THE TITANS is overly dated film that looks more like a fantasy film of 1968 than 1981.

This film, which (in case you did not know) tells a mythological story focusing on Perseus, cried its cinematic eyes out for a remake, and when someone finally decided to give it a try twenty-nine years later, the result was an automatic failure. Because no matter how talented of a director one is, it has been proven quite difficult to concoct a worthwhile remake of a bad picture.

Maybe "bad picture" is not the correct term for this one. What I should say is "underwhelming, corny picture". I did not expect too much of this, but when the stop animation is not done well; the cinematography is dull; the acting is so horrible it makes the viewer laugh; and it takes so much struggling just to see what the whole point is; I knew I was expecting too much by expecting the slightest.

Don't waste your time with this one.
October 7, 2011
spielberg00

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    1. Zeus: Release the kraken!
    – Submitted by Alan Torres Dwyer B (2 years ago)
    1. Zeus: [abolut Kalibos] He will become abhorrent. He shall be shunned and forced to live as an outcast in the swamps and marshes! He will become a mortal mockery. A fitting mark for his vile cruelty... That is my judgement.
    – Submitted by Alan Torres Dwyer B (2 years ago)
    1. Perseus: How may a mortal man face and defeat the Kraken?
    – Submitted by Alan Torres Dwyer B (2 years ago)
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