Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Reviews

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January 13, 2020
As a former middle school teacher of gifted literature, I value all fairly well-made films for children and parents and this one is in that league.
July 31, 2012
It provides a great adventure movie for the family audience.
August 4, 2010
Manages to pay its respects to the Greek myths and actually convey them as fun.
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.
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]
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.
June 30, 2010
A great family film, with just the right measures of action, mythological allusions, humor, and adventure.
March 14, 2010
... a sprightly Harry Potter clone and an eye-candy-coated intro to Greek mythology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 16, 2010
I thought it was mischievous and witty and amusing and I was just sort of drawn into it.
February 16, 2010
The technical wizardry is spectacular and the story is taut, pacy and consistently inventive.
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.
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.
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