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Waterworld (1995)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

This epic science fiction action film is set 200 years in the future. The polar ice caps have melted, flooding the continents and creating a giant ocean where the few remaining people dwell on board ships or atolls made from scrap metal. Fresh water and soil have become rare and valuable currency. The Mariner (Kevin Costner) lives aboard his triple-hulled catamaran. Mariner, self-sufficient and solitary, is an outcast because he has developed functional gills and webbed feet. Looking for … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Peter Rader , David Twohy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 1, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Waterworld

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (12)

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

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

If the story seems a little waterlogged, it's still big, loud, and fun to watch.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Has the makings of a cult movie.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

It's borderline halfway decent. For the first 25 minutes or so, it's even actually good, in its derivative way.

Full Review… | November 16, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009

Audience Reviews for Waterworld

I think this movie got ragged far more than it needed to. Kevin Costner wasnt given a break at the time and the huge budget was just insane. But I enjoyed the movie.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Excellent! Only took me 17 years to get around to it...

Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer


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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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