Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Reviews

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John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 12, 2013
Not in the same class as J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Sea of Monsters nevertheless is a passable late-summer action-fantasy-adventure for younger audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/2
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 12, 2013
A smart, derivative load of Bulfinch, its director Thor Freudenthal has a name perfectly suited to link the mythical and the psychoanalytical.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
August 12, 2013
There can't have been a very big demand for a sequel to 2010's The Lightning Thief, but at least this is another adequate adventure for the teen demigods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
August 11, 2013
What it had going for it, though,is that is has the Greek myths, which form the raw material of the story and have enthralled humankind for several thousand years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
August 9, 2013
None of it's particularly unpleasant, it just smacks of zero effort: a cast and crew perpetuating the franchise solely because some number-cruncher decided it was worth the investment.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 9, 2013
While Percy didn't give me a day-long headache like The Wolverine, accepting the extra [3D] dimension distracts from concentrating on who's who.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Guy Lodge
This is London
August 9, 2013
Scrappy and kind-hearted, with odd flashes of high camp - even if its universe of patchworked Greek mythological elements still makes little sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
August 9, 2013
Interesting. A film based on Greek mythology is done by a guy named Thor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 8, 2013
The moral of the story, such as it is, is that family is important and, um, appearances are skin deep, I think.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Eric D. Snider
TwitchFilm
August 8, 2013
A lack of personality is the film's only major problem, but it is major.
Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee
August 8, 2013
Not every demographic will embrace it, but it should find a solid audience with younger movie fans. Older moviegoers who are tired of this summer's action films with dark tones can find some light relief with Percy and the gang.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
August 8, 2013
Whiny, listless and repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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William Goss
Film.com
August 8, 2013
Precious little about this is particularly memorable, but it's the odd touch of local color that makes these routine acts of derring-do a bit easier to bear.
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
August 8, 2013
Didn't we get past this type of CGI in the mid-90's??
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Dave Golder
SFX Magazine
August 8, 2013
Episodically plotted, Sea Of Monsters is slick, well-produced fluff that's shamelessly derivative. Kinda dumb fun, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Xan Brooks
Guardian
August 8, 2013
The kids are charmless, the adults bemused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 8, 2013
This ham-fisted, teen-centric blend of Harry Potter and the infinitely more spellbinding Jason and the Argonauts comes within a cyclops' eyelash of being so bad it's almost (but not quite) good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 8, 2013
The tween and teen target audience will no doubt lap Sea Of Monsters up, but adults will be disappointed by its feeble protagonist and uninvolving plot.
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
August 8, 2013
There is a better film about gods and monsters: it's called Gods and Monsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Lewis Bazley
Sky Movies
August 8, 2013
There might be very little here we haven't seen executed with more skill, but for the film's target market and the sizeable fanbase of Rick Riordan's source novels, Sea of Monsters will be a stirring and spellbinding ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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