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The Perfect Storm (2000)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 70

While the special effects are well done and quite impressive, this film suffers from any actual drama or characterization. The end result is a film that offers nifty eye-candy and nothing else.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 16

While the special effects are well done and quite impressive, this film suffers from any actual drama or characterization. The end result is a film that offers nifty eye-candy and nothing else.



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In October 1991, a dying tropical hurricane from Bermuda collided with a cold front from the Great Lakes, resulting in a "perfect storm" of previously unknown destructive impact that resulted in 100-foot waves; tragically, the crew of a fishing boat was lost in the midst of the fearsome storm. Based on the best-selling book by Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm tells the story of the ship's brave and hard-working crew. Billy Tyne (George Clooney), captain of the Andrea Gail, hasn't had much

Nov 14, 2000


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All Critics (152) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (70) | DVD (31)

Think of something with the heart and soul of a Conrad yarn, yet buttressed by very special effects and shrewdly packaged for devotees of the Outdoor Living Network

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A sense of reality is essential, and it's sorely lacking.

May 10, 2001 | Comments (2)
Rolling Stone
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An awfully good film

April 24, 2001 | Comment (1)
Good Morning America
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Opens with a squall of anticipatory clichés.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comment (1)
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The audience, with good reason, is much more conflicted in the end about this voyage than the crew, and so we are put in the unfortunate position of feeling superior to these men.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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A well-crafted example of a film of pure sensation

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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feels more like a made-for-TV movie

May 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Scary and sad are the main concerns here.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The thrills come in an emotional vacuum--even more problematic considering Petersen spends so much time trying to develop a human center.

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source:

An expertly crafted Hollywod entertainment...[constructed] as a series of grippingly fateful 'moments of truth.' [Blu-Ray]

August 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

The storm looks perfect, but the real danger here is the tidal wave of mediocrity and cliches.

September 12, 2007
Looking Closer

The story could've told itself in a compelling way without invented drama.

December 31, 2005 Full Review Source:

Once the digital effects commence The Perfect Storm has all the impact of watching a friend play Nintendo.

May 30, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

A stinker fit for the chum bucket.

January 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comments (2)
Combustible Celluloid

In the end, all the audience is left with is the feeling that you're really glad not to be a fisherman.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The perfect example, of how the newest visual effects movies have the capacity to overwhelm everything -- from actors to plotlines -- except in the end, maybe, their audiences.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The movie itself is like a raging storm: impossible to ignore while it's happening but easy to forget when the weather has died down.

November 12, 2002 Full Review Source:

Those simulated waves are huge, and you can practically feel the wind and the rain pelting down.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

A gripping drama that virtually bursts from the screen with lashing, kinetic power so realistic it could literally make someone seasick.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

...a thrilling amusement park ride, albeit one freighted with the knowledge that nature does treat some unfortunate souls this roughly

August 29, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Senti pena daqueles pescadores - não dos que estavam na tela, mas sim daqueles que inspiraram o filme. Eles, sim, merecem nossas homenagens. O resto é fantasia barata.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Not terrible, but distinctly disappointing, not nearly as engaging or thrilling as its premise seems to promise.

April 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The special effects, especially that awe-inspiring final wave featured on the promotional material, are truly awesome.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

It's formulaic and there are cliches, but the walls of water, created by fluid dynamics simulating real-life phenomena, are awesome.

October 10, 2001 Full Review

Audience Reviews for The Perfect Storm

It is a shame how this movie turns a real nightmare into a dull Hollywood spectacle full of visual effects but with little character development, and it even makes the biggest mistake of showing more people caught in the storm instead of only focusing on the crew of the Andrea Gail.
September 15, 2013

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First, there's all dese Hollywood types gettin' dere New England accents a workout, and dat ain't too bad none, nosirree, but the real star here is the CG generated storm that decently conveys the immensity of the sea and just how small we are in it. Not too shabby.
January 3, 2013

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The thing that really irks me about THE PERFECT STORM is that I had read that it was a disaster film (and it's made pretty much clear in the title), but the actual disaster didn't get started for a whole forty minutes, which almost brought me to the point of thinking that "Perfect Storm" was some kind of metaphor.

The basic layout is as follows:

1-30 minutes - characters are introduced with enough relationship statuses, innuendos, overly charismatic drama to create an entire soap opera; 31-40 minutes - the characters leave their spouses/fiancà (C)es, board the ship, but continue with the non sequiturs and double entendres that make you groan, "Enough already!"; 41-120 minutes - over an hour of TITANIC-esque intensity and dazzling (but terrifying, considering this is based on a true story) disaster scenes--which is exciting, but it makes you think, "We go from soap disaster?", because the beginning does NOT make sense to the rest of the film; 121-128 minutes - the film is coming to an end, with slightly less intensity, but thankfully no "return of the soap opera"; 129 minutes - the film's over, folks, you can go home now.

That's the gist of this mediocre movie. It's just what you expect of a shipwreck film.
October 1, 2011

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    1. Capt. Billy Tyne: I yam what I yam and I'm Popeye the sailor man.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (23 months ago)
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