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White Squall Reviews

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Brian Lowry
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 25, 2008
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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This particular landlubber felt like jelly for the rest of the day, notwithstanding the hokey courtroom showdown that closes the picture.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

An old-fashioned, white-knuckle adventure with the excellent Bridges adding another great characterization to his increasingly impressive resume.

| Original Score: 7/10

January 23, 2006
Andrew Griffin
Town Talk (Alexandria, LA)

Bridges puts his shoulder to the wheel and impresses audiences.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 4, 2005
Clint Morris
Moviehole

An Excellent Picture. It doesn't get any better

| Original Score: 4/5

March 4, 2004
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News

Stunning ocean visuals and a gut-wrenching storm sequence. An underrated and very good coming of age story.

| Original Score: 4/5

June 19, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 20, 2003
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

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

May 14, 2003
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com

Unengaging maritime thriller from Ridley Scott. Good cast, but fails to connect.

| Original Score: 2/5

March 19, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This is a very solid film with strong acting performances to boost it, excellent photography and a good soundtrack.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Daring and dramatic film about the passage of a group of young boys who come of age during their adventures at sea.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 22, 2002
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

June 5, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Typically, Bridges gives a deftly understated performance uncluttered by vanity or shallow pathos. No wonder he's not a star.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone

May 12, 2001
Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

February 13, 2001
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner

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 Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: C-

January 1, 2000
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter

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 Source: Cinematter | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I enjoyed the movie for the sheer physical exuberance of its adventure.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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Although only slightly more than two hours, the film seems becalmed for days in what seems a dramatic doldrum.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Far too much of this handsomely mounted adventure is devoted to routinely dramatized adolescent minutiae.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The script is slow and tired. We've seen it all before, and the change of setting has little impact.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
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