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Poseidon (2006)


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 199
Fresh: 65
Rotten: 134

Critics Consensus: This remake of The Poseidon Adventure delivers dazzling special effects. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that any of the budget was left over to devote to the script.

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 32

Critics Consensus: This remake of The Poseidon Adventure delivers dazzling special effects. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that any of the budget was left over to devote to the script.


Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 341,463


Movie Info

Set adrift in the vast waters of the North Atlantic for a luxury New Year's Eve party staged in the ship's magnificent ballroom, the massive ocean-liner Poseidon receives an unexpected jolt when a rogue, 100-foot wave rolls it completely upside down, forcing the surviving passengers to fight their way to safety in Das Boot director Wolfgang Petersen's waterlogged blockbuster. Trapped beneath the waterline and implored by the captain to remain in place until a rescue team arrives, the panicked … More

PG-13 (for intense prolonged sequences of disaster and peril)
Drama , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Mark Protosevich
In Theaters:
Aug 22, 2006
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Poseidon

All Critics (206) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (134) | DVD (30)

Petersen's expert direction ensures it remains gripping, keeping the tension ratcheted right up and commendably steering it all home within 100 minutes.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Poseidon betrays a studio mindset that can only hasten the current erosion of movie attendance -- skimping on human content while betting heedlessly on boom boom boom and gurgle gurgle gurgle.

Full Review… | June 22, 2006
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

As a humanist, I applaud the respect for life, but I miss the campy fun. The movie is, in all senses, a big downer.

Full Review… | May 18, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

... a waterlogged, unnecessary re-imagining of the cheesy blockbuster from the Seventies heyday of disaster films.

Full Review… | May 16, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Throughout the movie, Petersen has a dynamic feel for the rush and heave of the deluge, the pent-up energy, the sheer heft and momentum.

May 16, 2006
New Yorker
Top Critic

There's never any doubt that some of these uninteresting people will make the passage through hell to the hull, it's only a question of which ones. And whether we'll still be there to see whom.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

If you liked the original movie, you might like this remake as well.

Full Review… | April 7, 2010
Movie Metropolis

Let it drown

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

It's a carnival ride, with shocks, endless stunts, and when you're done, you've forgotten it and moved on to something better.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

A handful of the passengers may eventually get out of the ship alive, but nothing, it seems, can save them from Mark Protosevich's sinking script. At least it looks good as it goes down.

Full Review… | August 2, 2007
Eye for Film

Where the original had the distinct flavor of 1970s kitsch ... Petersen's movie has loads of CGI and a cameo appearance from Black Eyed Peas front woman Fergie.

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
DVD Review

It swims but it's one of those sloppy dog paddles your kid brother does more than an Olympic freestyle.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

I left the film with one burning question: if I can't get a cell phone signal when I stand in a certain part of my back yard, how in the heck can you get one miles out to sea?

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

full review in Greek

Full Review… | October 3, 2006
Movies for the Masses

It certainly isn't as dramatic as Titanic, and the original Poseidon Adventure is still slightly better.

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
Christianity Today

This is one of those unnecessary remakes that Hollywood regurgitates about once a month whether anybody is interested in them or not.

Full Review… | July 27, 2006
Laramie Movie Scope

Poseidon re-introduces the disaster-movie genre to theaters, and they greet each other with a big, sloppy kiss ...

Full Review… | July 27, 2006

Típico filme de entretenimiento: palomero, sin necesidad de utilizar mucho las neuronas, bien hecho, atractivo y con el que se va a desperdiciar hora y media de la vida sin remordimiento alguno.

July 16, 2006

...[director Wolfgang] Petersen once again proves that he's a master at this sort of thing.

Full Review… | July 11, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

Here we get the impression that the only thing on the minds of these filmmakers is how well they can polish up a turd before throwing it at unsuspecting audiences.

Full Review… | June 30, 2006

Very run of the mill average Summer entertainment - action packed but no heart, let alone any sense of fun

Full Review… | June 29, 2006
Dark Horizons

It is just so miraculously funny that you find yourself being swept up in the ludicrously of it all and there can be no arguing with the sheer attention-to-detail in the effects work, which is breathtaking in its extravagance.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006

Eficiente dentro de suas limitações, só não se iguala ao original por não ter tanta paciência em investir um pouquinho mais de tempo em seus personagens.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Even on this intentionally brainless level, there has to be some basic rooting interest in the characters to salvage the outcome.

Full Review… | June 12, 2006
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Audience Reviews for Poseidon

Classic remake that comes out pretty decent. I liked the original more but this was not a bad rent.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Robert Ramsey: You know, there's nothing fair about who lives and dies. You gave Elena a chance. You gave everybody a chance. 


Poseidon is one of those disaster movies that worries about visual effects over actual human interaction or feeling. Most of the movies that fill this genre are like Poseidon in that regard and that's where the problem lies in most of them. So visual effects and big action sequences must take over and propel the movie to watchable in order to find entertainment in it. Movies like 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow are examples of disaster movies that work despite not having a great human element involved. Poseidon's cool effects and big water scenes make the movie watchable, but nothing more.

A ship is flipped by a huge rouge wave. When the captain of the ship tells everyone to stay in lobby and promises them safety, a small group of passengers rebel and leave the group. They begin to make their way up the ship to the bottom of the ship, which is now the top. Along the way, they have to deal with fires, water, and narrow spaces. It basically winds up being close call after close call, and every once in awhile a character will drop off.

The cast isn't too bad here. Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas, Richard Dreyfus, and Emmy Rossum make for decent main characters. The supporting cast that is assembled around them isn't terrible either. The movie isn't really about acting though, it's about the visuals and the visuals don't disappoint. Where the movie disappoints is when the actors actually have to speak to one another and we have to listen to their dumbed down dialogue. 

Overall, I'm pretty much indifferent on this one. I don't necessarily like it nor do I dislike it. It's one of those movies where I just can't form a true opinion on it. I realize it's not a great movie, but I also won't blast it like just about every one else. I'm just going to put myself directly in the middle on this one.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


Blueprinted nearly scene by scene from the 1972 original, this remake has more action and better effects as 34 years might enable. Similarly less time is spent on characterization (who cares about that crap anymore?), but the result is still claustrophobic thrills.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer



Saw it again! Good Movie. Very fun and thrilling movie meant to be watch and enjoyed. Very beautiful woman in this film too.

It is New Year's Eve, and over 2,000 passengers & crew are ringing in the New Year aboard the huge cruise ship 'Poseidon' on the open sea in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean! A small group of survivors find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for their lives. Preferring to test the odds alone, career gambler Dylan Johns ignores captain's orders to wait below for possible rescue and sets out to find his own way to safety. What begins as a solo mission soon draws others, as Dylan is followed by a desperate father searching for his daughter and her fiancee--a young couple who hours before couldn't summon the courage to tell him they were engaged and now face much graver challenges. Along the way they are joined by a single mother and her wise-beyond-his-years son, an anxious stowaway and a despondent fellow passenger who boarded the ship not sure he wanted to live but now knows he doesn't want to die. Determined to fight their way to the surface, the group sets off through the disorienting maze of twisted steel in the upside-down wreckage. As the unstable vessel rapidly fills with water each must draw on skills and strengths they didn't even know they possessed, fighting against time for their own survival and for each other.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Poseidon Quotes

Richard Nelson:
Hi, I'm Nelson.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
Lucky Larry:
What the hell did you do to all these people?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
Dylan Johns:
Do you miss being mayor?
Robert Ramsey:
Do you ever win?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
Lucky Larry:
Hey, who's shooting at us?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
Lucky Larry:
You just don't get the nickname "Lucky Larry". You gotta be lucky.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
Richard Nelson:
Thank you, gorgeous!
My name is Valentin.
Richard Nelson:
I love that name.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)

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