Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Reviews

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February 16, 2010
While the Hogwarts saga may be getting long in the tooth, at least it has decent characters and a sense of humour. This has neither.
February 16, 2010
Digitisation reigns - spectacular visual effects - while the dialogue drizzles and sploshes.
February 16, 2010
If they'd played it for laughs it might just have worked, but in fact its earnest tone and digimation effects stick pretty close to the Potter model. We could be in for a very long haul.
February 16, 2010
Very American, very crass and very underwhelming.
February 16, 2010
The story is told in bland, episodic fashion with no sense of drama or threat.
February 16, 2010
This ineffably wooden Chris Columbus adaptation of author Rick Riordan's best-seller for young teens has a screenplay that defies description.
February 13, 2010
Director Columbus never quite gets comfortable juggling the film's myriad characters, grandiose-but-stale CGI effects, and PG-friendly battle scenes, speeding headlong through endless plot points rather than taking the time to make any of them matter.
February 13, 2010
Despite so much epic drama in Greek mythology from which to borrow, here we are given little sense of the magnitude of the clash between the quarrelsome gods...
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.
February 12, 2010
The plot is a pretty blatant rehash of the typical "coming-of-age hero" tropes. Still, while "Percy Jackson" may not end up being the next huge and successful franchise, at the very least, it was an honest and amusing two hours.
February 12, 2010
Young viewers probably will be entertained but even they are likely to realize that this could have and should have been better, especially by the time they're old enough to drive.
February 12, 2010
It raises issues it doesn't have the balls to resolve by placing them in a context it doesn't have the brains to exploit.
February 12, 2010
Whew boy.
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)
February 12, 2010
Sadly worthy of its dumping into the cinematic boneyard of wintry mid-February.
February 12, 2010
The camera work is frequently pedestrian, the acting is bland, and the jokes often fall flat.
February 12, 2010
Dutifully Potteresque it begins, and dutifully Potteresque it ends.
February 12, 2010
Has all the CGI sorcery of a Harry Potter pic, but none of the magic.
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.
February 12, 2010
Percy Jackson, you are no Harry Potter. You are not fit to walk in a hobbit's wake.
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