Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Reviews

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Top Critic
Andrew Wagaman
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 6, 2013
Supporting actors Stanley Tucci and Nathan Fillion have a good punch line or two, but otherwise the book's humor fails to translate with both kids and their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Curtis Woloschuk
Willamette Week
August 7, 2013
There's very little fun to be had watching a kids' flick so aware of its own mortality.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
August 7, 2013
Young movie fans will likely find enjoyment in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters but the film is a step down for the franchise in nearly every single way imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
December 17, 2013
With sequels of this type, we tend to see the stakes raised and the action increased to even more exciting levels than before, but for "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," things are pretty much the same, but somehow made even blander than before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
September 23, 2013
If PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF gave a studio hope enough to jumpstart this franchise then PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS ensures that it 'sleeps with the fishes.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
August 5, 2013
Elaborate backstories have more meaning when the characters are known and loved; Percy Jackson's endless exposition only demonstrates why he's nobody's favourite boy-wizard.
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
Top Critic
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
August 7, 2013
Before it descends into Percy Jackson and the Things That Happen in Movies Like This, the adventure at times clicks into the inventive groove of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson novels ...
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
August 6, 2013
I'll tell you what's insane: the probability that folks will go easy on this dreck because it's aimed at younger viewers, who are being distressingly trained to expect little from their art.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
August 7, 2013
Characters don't so much have conversations as read Dungeons & Dragons manuals at each other. The whole thing feels like exposition in search of a story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Emma Dibdin
Digital Spy
August 8, 2013
There are isolated moments of fun to be had in Sea of Monsters, and standout supporting players make the paint-by-numbers quest story easier to stomach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
August 7, 2013
If nothing else his film stands out for its quaint scale in a summer of gigantic blockbusters, but that lack of size isn't enough to warrant a watch.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 8, 2013
This is a thoroughly second-rate franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
August 6, 2013
More of the same, no better and not much worse than the first film, though adding Tucci and Fillion pays off with laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
August 6, 2013
There isn't even an actual sea of monsters in "Sea of Monsters," unless you count some fish guts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 7, 2013
The stakes in this latest, disappointing Harry Potter wannabe never feel as high as they should, or as important as its characters seem to think they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
August 6, 2013
The director never establishing a workable tone to carry a viewer through the CG effects and too many characters and monsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 6, 2013
The humor and attention to character detail that made the first Percy appealing gets sidelined here in the effort to dazzle us with one action scene after another. And, for the reasons noted above, they're not dazzling enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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