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Waterworld (1995)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 28

Though it suffered from toxic buzz at the time of its release, Waterworld is ultimately an ambitious misfire: an extravagant sci-fi flick with some decent moments and a lot of silly ones.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

Though it suffered from toxic buzz at the time of its release, Waterworld is ultimately an ambitious misfire: an extravagant sci-fi flick with some decent moments and a lot of silly ones.



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Widely considered to be an expensive failure, Waterworld was an epic vehicle for Kevin Costner, who starred in and co-produced the film, with his friend Kevin Reynolds as director. It was based on a 1986 screenplay by Peter Rader and cost an estimated $235 million, more than any film in history up to that time. Costner eventually fired Reynolds and directed the last few scenes himself. The story was filmed in Hawaii, using several artificial islands, and is set in an apocalyptic future, after

Nov 1, 1998

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All Critics (53) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (28) | DVD (13)

It's a genuine vault at greatness that misses the mark -- but survives.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A moderately successful guy's movie with both weak and strong elements where lots of things are brilliantly blown up and few things make any kind of sense.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Waterworld isn't Fishtar, but Kevin Costner's pricey, post-apocalyptic sloshbuckler isn't a seafaring classic either.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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In the tradition of the old Westerns and Mel Gibson's Road Warrior flicks, this film provides good escapist fun.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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It's one of those marginal pictures you're not unhappy to have seen, but can't quite recommend.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (3)
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Has the makings of a cult movie.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Regardless of faults, I embrace Waterworld as the pure matinee escapism it was intended to be, readily devouring the sci-fi excitement both Reynolds and Costner are happy to dish up.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source:

While it is true that time, and the obsessive culture of the Internet, has lessened Waterworld's "Fishtar" reputation to some extent, this is still one massively flawed film.

October 22, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

actually pretty good

July 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Waterworld drowned in bad buzz during its theatrical release. It deserves a better fate.

November 6, 2008 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

I had no idea what the characters were thinking half the time, but I had an excellent idea what they were feeling, physically.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Nowhere close to as bad as its reputation

January 19, 2005
Lawrence Journal-World

Fame swelled Costner's head.

February 12, 2004 | Comments (4)

Nearly $200 million down the drain, and you get this astonishingly mediocre action wannabe-epic.

February 5, 2004 Full Review Source:

It's not that BAD!!!!

December 12, 2003 | Comment (1)
Greenwich Village Gazette

Lives down to its legend.

August 14, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's 'Max Max on Water.' Straight up. Once you get over that, it's not unenjoyable.

August 4, 2003 | Comment (1)

It really is like "Mad Max" gone to sea, both in its retro-futuristic, salvage-yard look and i ts frenetic pacing.

October 30, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The story and dialogue provided by Peter Rader and David Twohy are surprisingly insubtantial.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

It's not $200 million of entertainment, but a dead loss is one thing it definitely ain't.

April 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Written Magazine
Film Written Magazine

Waterworld is ugly, loud, stupefyingly absurd.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Comment (1)
San Francisco Examiner

Waterworld is a marginal film: always extravagant, sometimes entertaining, often preachy and dull -- a pure formula picture.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

There is the nagging feeling that much of the film's story, dialogue and character development were left on the cutting-room floor.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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Audience Reviews for Waterworld

Excellent! Only took me 17 years to get around to it...
May 14, 2012

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Waterworld is famous for being one of the biggest flops in cinematic history. At the time of its release, it was the most expensive motion picture ever produced. So is the question is, "is Waterworld the worst film ever made?" Definitely not. In fact Waterworld is an awesome action adventure epic. Sure the film has its numerous flaws, but it's really entertaining, and deserves more credit than it deserves. This film is loads of fun to watch, and despite the fact that it doesn't really boast likeable characters, it more than makes up for it with exciting action. Waterworld is visually appealing and is reminiscent of The Road Warrior, albeit not as well acted or awesome as The Road Warrior. I really think that Wterworld is underrated. Sure the film is at times silly, and is not perfect, but for the most part this is still an entertaining film that delivers on the action. Dennis Hopper plays the villain and he brings a certain morbid comic relief to the role, much like his role in Speed. Waterworld is very much underrated and it's not as bad as what everyone has said it was. The plot is weak at times, but the action makes up for it. The film is silly too, but overall it's simply a very entertaining action adventure. The cast are good, and if you enjoy some mindless action film, Waterworld delivers the thrills that you'd expect. A very underrated film that doesn't deserve the flack it has received. The film is not perfect, but it's constantly exciting, and fun, epic with a great cast. Don't believe the negative reviews, this is one impressive adventure.
January 9, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Widely considered to be one of the biggest flops of all time, it's easy to see why.
December 16, 2011
Joe McCall

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