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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Reviews

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February 19, 2010
It looks like the characters of color in Percy Jackson have been paired off, a remarkable choice in a movie that is, in essence, about the glories of half-breeds.
February 19, 2010
It's all jolly good fun, rattling along at a perfect pace with enough action setpieces and spectacle to keep both youngsters and adults happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 18, 2010
An awful lot of acting talent goes to waste in this film, but there is barely enough here to marginally satisfy the younger set.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 18, 2010
The Greek gods had outsized powers and petty grievances. These Gen-Y demigods are no different - it's a whole generation of kids with daddy issues
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 18, 2010
Grand prize goes to Uma Thurman as snake-headed Medusa. It's also a pleasure to see Steve Coogan in hell.
February 18, 2010
The whole thing is piffle, but it moves fast enough to stay entertaining.
February 17, 2010
Remember the first time you saw Harry Potter on the big screen? This is more like the third time you saw him but with bigger effects and Greek mythology replacing the occult.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
February 16, 2010
there's not one single thing in it that will appeal to a person who has ever seen a mythological origin story before, much less any other sort of adventure movie.
February 16, 2010
So trite and ludicrous it is no threat to the Harry Potter franchise
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
February 16, 2010
...an attempt to replicate the phenomenon that is Harry Potter.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 16, 2010
I thought it was mischievous and witty and amusing and I was just sort of drawn into it.
February 16, 2010
Maybe if you're aged between eight and 12, or exceptionally dim-witted, you may not notice that this is a tenth-rate rip-off of Harry Potter, with Greek mythology taking the place of magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 16, 2010
The technical wizardry is spectacular and the story is taut, pacy and consistently inventive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2010
The film is a rousing blend of special effects, but not so scary that children aged seven and above will spend the entire movie hiding behind their fingers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2010
Percy Jackson & the Olympians is a dutifully made kids' fantasy film that Columbus handles with the basic approach that he wielded on his faithful but vanilla Harry Potter adaptations.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 16, 2010
Chris Columbus was a safe choice behind the lens, and he doesn't throw up any surprises. Columbus brings a measured approach that works on the whole, delivering the expected mix of set-ups, set-pieces and edge of your seat showdowns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 16, 2010
An imaginative, if simplistic, visit to classical Greek mythology, an archetypal quest by a lad with paternal issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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February 16, 2010
It's not enough to compensate for the computer-game-style plotting, which is largely based on us picking up narrative nuggets that mechanically slot into place later on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 16, 2010
Kids will love it, and adults may relish Pierce Brosnan's Centaur, and Steve Coogan as Hades - in his personal hell just under Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 16, 2010
A slab of market research in search of an actual movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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