The Perfect Storm (2000)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for language and scenes of peril)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: William D. Wittliff, Bo Goldman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 14, 2000
Box Office: $182.1M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Billy Tyne

as Bobby Shatford

as Christina Cotter

as Melissa Brown

as David `Sully' Sulliv...

as Linda Greenlaw

as Dale `Murph' Murphy

as Alexander McAnally I...

as Bob Brown

as Alfred Pierre

as Edie Bailey

as Michael `Bugsy' Mora...

as Sgt. Jeremy Mitchell

as Capt. Darryl Ennis

as Lt. Rob Pettit

as Irene Johnson

as Ethel Shatford

as C-130 pilot

as Flight Engineer Borg...

as Sgt. Millard Jones

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Critic Reviews for The Perfect Storm

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (34)

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

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A sense of reality is essential, and it's sorely lacking.

May 10, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

An awfully good film

April 24, 2001
Good Morning America
Top Critic

feels more like a made-for-TV movie

Full Review… | May 14, 2011
Old School Reviews

Scary and sad are the main concerns here.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
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.

Full Review… | January 7, 2010

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.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer


A movie that leads to nothing and you leave the theatre feeling crappy for seeing it. Its depressing, it leads to no conclusion, and i'm glad The Simpsons were bold enough to make fun of this crap. I never felt intense when watching it, and even with a all star cast it has nothing great about. Only reason I gave it a 1.5 is because the acting was decent. this film is not worth it.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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