Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Reviews

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David Keyes
January 9, 2015
The plot uses the presence of the Greek gods as an indistinct outline to influence teenagers who are more interested in the prestige and glamor of their connection than the responsibility that comes with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 31, 2012
It provides a great adventure movie for the family audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
November 5, 2011
The premise of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief holds great potential potential the film never realizes.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Joshua Starnes
April 25, 2011
Percy Jackson is simply uninspired in every single meaning of the word. It's probably the crassest, most obviously derivative work of this sort since Eragon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Dave White
April 4, 2011
It kind of just builds up to a lot of Not Much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
August 4, 2010
Manages to pay its respects to the Greek myths and actually convey them as fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 17, 2010
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief proves to be a satisfying beginning to what is sure to be a promising film franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
July 6, 2010
Mildly diverting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
July 6, 2010
Just another mediocre fantasy flick, but if you enjoyed the books, I'm sure you'll enjoy the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 6, 2010
An enjoyable PG-rated family adventure in its own right, but Columbus' film can't live up to the Potter gold standard, and it strays enough from Riordan's source material to make its tween readership blow a gasket every few minutes. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
July 4, 2010
Not a perfect film, but the movie does have a certain passion that a lot of other franchise attempts have lacked. If you like Greek mythology and are looking for an antidote to Clash of the Titans, this may be what you're looking for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
June 30, 2010
A great family film, with just the right measures of action, mythological allusions, humor, and adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Michael Dequina
May 16, 2010
Of all the would-be Potter projects that have hit the screen over the years, this is one of more polished and enjoyable ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
March 26, 2010
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Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 14, 2010
... a sprightly Harry Potter clone and an eye-candy-coated intro to Greek mythology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today
March 5, 2010
While this flick may not have Harry Potter's complex world and multiple layers, it also doesn't have the angst and darkness. It replaces them with one thing in bulk: Fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
March 3, 2010
Another attempted launch of a teen-aimed franchise, but this show-boat is rowing through the motions. Seen-that, been-there fantasy-epic stuff with dialogue more wooden and hollow than the Trojan Horse.
Mark R. Leeper
February 24, 2010
What surprised me is that I had some affection for an action adventure film the way I would have in the days of the Ray Harryhausen's best films.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 19, 2010
A fun, effects-filled, escapist adventure, with several clever notions: Medusa sells garden statuary as a cover, and the Parthenon in Nashville is home to a hydra.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
February 19, 2010
A safe, bland, test-marketed product made for tween mass consumption. Like most films arriving with ampersands and colons in the title, it's a bore.
| Original Score: 2/4
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