The Perfect Storm Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 14, 2011
feels more like a made-for-TV movie
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Scary and sad are the main concerns here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 7, 2010
The thrills come in an emotional vacuum--even more problematic considering Petersen spends so much time trying to develop a human center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 20, 2008
An expertly crafted Hollywod entertainment...[constructed] as a series of grippingly fateful 'moments of truth.' [Blu-Ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
September 12, 2007
The storm looks perfect, but the real danger here is the tidal wave of mediocrity and cliches.
| Original Score: C
John Venable
Supercala.com
December 31, 2005
The story could've told itself in a compelling way without invented drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 30, 2003
Once the digital effects commence The Perfect Storm has all the impact of watching a friend play Nintendo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 17, 2003
A stinker fit for the chum bucket.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
In the end, all the audience is left with is the feeling that you're really glad not to be a fisherman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Susannah Breslin
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Pitch.com
November 12, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Those simulated waves are huge, and you can practically feel the wind and the rain pelting down.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A gripping drama that virtually bursts from the screen with lashing, kinetic power so realistic it could literally make someone seasick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
...a thrilling amusement park ride, albeit one freighted with the knowledge that nature does treat some unfortunate souls this roughly
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
Not terrible, but distinctly disappointing, not nearly as engaging or thrilling as its premise seems to promise.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
The special effects, especially that awe-inspiring final wave featured on the promotional material, are truly awesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
October 10, 2001
It's formulaic and there are cliches, but the walls of water, created by fluid dynamics simulating real-life phenomena, are awesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 10, 2001
A sense of reality is essential, and it's sorely lacking.
| Original Score: 2/5
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