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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.
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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
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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
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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
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Kevin McManus
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The heavy-handedness of these final scenes will probably ruin the movie for some people, while others will enjoy its earnestness and energy. Count me among the latter group.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Director Ridley Scott, who more than anyone else founded post-1960s visceral filmmaking, is at the top of his form in White Squall.
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Richard Leiby
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The movie's a shipload of coming-of-age blather, supplemented with enough rolling-sea footage to make the audience yearn for both Dramamine and a decent drowning scene.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This film offers just about everything, including a twenty-minute white-knuckle sequence and a chance to shed a few tears. In short, it's first-rate entertainment.
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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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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Entertainment Weekly
February 2, 1996
This rousing salute to the power of the elements, the lost innocence of the Kennedy era, and the goodness of young men when they are allowed to ripen with their shirts off is, above all, a tone poem.
Full Review | Original Score: B-