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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Reviews

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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
February 10, 2010
For what it is and for whom it is intended, it's not a bad movie, just an indifferent one.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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February 11, 2010
Columbus directs with his usual frying pan to the head. Music is forever swelling majestically. Characters are always opening wide their eyes and mouths to gaze in wonder.
February 12, 2010
Columbus knows his way around this kind of material even if some of the special effects look like they came from Deep Discount.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 11, 2010
Even with all its computer-generated fireballs, it's lukewarm medium-budget blockbustering.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 12, 2010
Whew boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 12, 2010
Too scary for younger fans of the popular book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 6, 2010
Mildly diverting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 12, 2010
My problems with it are the same as with most screen adaptations of young adult novels...they spend so much time struggling to explain the world they're creating that they forget which parts of the story people want to see...they figure that people (kids)
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
February 10, 2010
Harry Potter knockoffs don't come more transparent and slapdash than this wannabe-franchise jumpstarter directed by Chris Columbus.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 11, 2010
gets so many things right that when it goes astray that you kind of wish it hadn't tried in the first place
| Original Score: 3/5
February 12, 2010
Sorry Mr. Jackson, but Harry Potter you ain't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 12, 2010
Has all the CGI sorcery of a Harry Potter pic, but none of the magic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 12, 2010
The Lightning Thief is all crass ineptitude and lost potential. Columbus' infantilizing of any character depth and use of leftover Harry Potter special effects will amuse only the smallest in your pantheon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 12, 2010
A clunky kid-sized epic, able to conjure colossal acts of Greek myth wonderment, but never brave enough to shut its pie hole and let the audience process the screen magic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
February 16, 2010
Very American, very crass and very underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 11, 2010
A little bit worse than lifeless; it's clueless, like a Medusa running around with her head cut off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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