White Squall Reviews

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Brian Lowry
Variety
July 25, 2008
The filmmakers take a rather facile, anachronistic "Oprah"-esque approach toward the boys' feelings about their families and the Skipper's role as a "tough love"-minded surrogate father.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
This particular landlubber felt like jelly for the rest of the day, notwithstanding the hokey courtroom showdown that closes the picture.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 23, 2006
An old-fashioned, white-knuckle adventure with the excellent Bridges adding another great characterization to his increasingly impressive resume.
| Original Score: 7/10
Andrew Griffin
Town Talk (Alexandria, LA)
March 4, 2005
Bridges puts his shoulder to the wheel and impresses audiences.
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
March 4, 2004
An Excellent Picture. It doesn't get any better
| Original Score: 4/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
June 19, 2003
Stunning ocean visuals and a gut-wrenching storm sequence. An underrated and very good coming of age story.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Despite great scenery, the distinctive visual ideas of Mr. Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) and the strong dramatic presence of Mr. Bridges, most of White Squall remains listless and tame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Dead Poets Society goes to the high seas in this overly ambitious tale of 13 young men aboard a floating prep school vessel. Their rite of passage is the core element in this all-spit and no-polish production.
| Original Score: 2/4
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 19, 2003
Unengaging maritime thriller from Ridley Scott. Good cast, but fails to connect.
| Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
This is a very solid film with strong acting performances to boost it, excellent photography and a good soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 22, 2002
Daring and dramatic film about the passage of a group of young boys who come of age during their adventures at sea.
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
If the focus had been on the characters' experiences instead of the white squall, much more of the movie would have made a lasting impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Typically, Bridges gives a deftly understated performance uncluttered by vanity or shallow pathos. No wonder he's not a star.
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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
The 20 or so minutes we spend with the Albatross in the squall is high adventure, to be sure. Everything else is ballast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The storm sequence is worth the wait, as scary and dramatically filmed as any ocean disaster you've seen in the movies, but the tribunal that follows is so muddled as to end the film in a great big anti-climax.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
The visuals throughout the movie are exhilarating, and the squall scene in particular is pulled off spectacularly (if a bit chaotically). The scene is so powerful, it almost washes away the taint of familiarity...almost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I enjoyed the movie for the sheer physical exuberance of its adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Although only slightly more than two hours, the film seems becalmed for days in what seems a dramatic doldrum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Far too much of this handsomely mounted adventure is devoted to routinely dramatized adolescent minutiae.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The script is slow and tired. We've seen it all before, and the change of setting has little impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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