Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Reviews

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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.
November 5, 2011
The premise of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief holds great potential potential the film never realizes.
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.
April 4, 2011
It kind of just builds up to a lot of Not Much.
July 6, 2010
Mildly diverting.
July 6, 2010
Just another mediocre fantasy flick, but if you enjoyed the books, I'm sure you'll enjoy the film.
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.
March 26, 2010
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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 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.
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 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
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
February 16, 2010
...an attempt to replicate the phenomenon that is Harry Potter.
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.
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.
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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.
February 16, 2010
A slab of market research in search of an actual movie.
February 16, 2010
It's evidently Potter-ish, but unashamedly aimed at younger viewers - which makes the emphasis on the junior hero's fighting skills and a clearly misguided Las Vegas casino sequence all the more dismaying.
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