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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Reviews

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 16, 2010
I thought it was mischievous and witty and amusing and I was just sort of drawn into it.
Top Critic
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 12, 2010
Director Chris Columbus has brought together the modern and mythical spheres with sharp pacing and a nifty sense of fun that atone for the film's dippier moments. It's his most enjoyable effort since Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 12, 2010
Dutifully Potteresque it begins, and dutifully Potteresque it ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Percy Jackson, you are no Harry Potter. You are not fit to walk in a hobbit's wake.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
February 12, 2010
Harry, Ron and Hermione: Relax. You could whip Percy Jackson and his pals with your wand hands tied behind your backs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 12, 2010
The film toggles between high camp and deadly earnestness, all the while threatening to drown in an ocean of not-so-special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 12, 2010
Likable as Percy may be, it's not lightning he's stolen.
February 12, 2010
This is a kids' movie: Parents can either get into the silly-suspenseful spirit of it or play Rummikub on their iPhones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 12, 2010
Like its stars, the film is genial good company.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 12, 2010
Unfortunately, the movie lacks that good old Potter charm, trading Harry's dark whimsy for a handful of CGI magic beans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 11, 2010
When the movie slows down to catch its breath, there's very little of the heart and soul -- and wry wit -- that make the Riordan books so beloved.
February 11, 2010
Although the standard allegorical bases for mythical-quest movies are dutifully covered, the obvious similarity of Percy Jackson to the Harry Potter movies inevitably makes it feel somewhat secondhand.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 11, 2010
You don't even have to be familiar with the first book in Rick Riordan's popular fantasy series to enjoy Chris Columbus' energetic adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 11, 2010
This is generic filmmaking at its most banal, a simple-minded simplification of a not overwhelmingly complex book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 11, 2010
The fireballs are great but the story feels confused in its tone and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 11, 2010
Kids may well enjoy the adventures of The Lightning Thief on screen, but I think most readers will prefer the movie in their imaginations.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 11, 2010
An attempt to steal some of Harry Potter's thunder that also stands on its own as a well-made large-scale adventure that works well enough to entertain the teens it's hoping to strike.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 11, 2010
With great effects (and a few surprises) it's a fun, Saturday-matinee adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
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 11, 2010
Percy Jackson & the Olympians sounds like an Otis Redding cover band. It is, instead, an unofficial cover of the Harry Potter franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 11, 2010
The movie feels like a cut-rate Potter knockoff with a dash of Ray Harryhausen.
February 11, 2010
In Columbus' hands, it once again all breaks down into a series of rushed, breathless special-effects setpieces, in a thrill ride that isn't headed anywhere new.
Read More | Original Score: C-
February 11, 2010
The Lightning Thief makes the idea of a sequel seem like an inviting proposition.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 11, 2010
The Lightning Thief isn't electric, but it generates some spark when it varies the Grecian formula.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 11, 2010
Even with all its computer-generated fireballs, it's lukewarm medium-budget blockbustering.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 11, 2010
Uma Thurman demonstrates she can wear a snake-covered head as gracefully as Pierce Brosnan can trot around with a horse's netherlands.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 11, 2010
Action movies of this scale often start off strong and wind down to forgettable finales, but Percy Jackson is the opposite, overcoming a clunky setup to deliver nearly all its thrills in the last half-hour.
February 10, 2010
What's really lacking in The Lightning Thief is a genuine sense of wonder, the same thing that brings viewers back to Hogwarts over and over again.
February 10, 2010
It's more a list of ingredients than a movie-magic potion to enjoy from start to finish.
February 10, 2010
Percy Jackson isn't a great movie, but it's a good one, trotting out kernels of Greek mythology like so many Disney Channel references.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
February 10, 2010
Chris Columbus returns to his comfort zone for this mirthless, episodic fantasy saga based on the young-reader book series by Rick Riordan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5