Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Reviews

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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
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.
February 16, 2010
Kids will love it, and adults may relish Pierce Brosnan's Centaur, and Steve Coogan as Hades - in his personal hell just under Hollywood.
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 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.
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
Percy Jackson, you are no Harry Potter. You are not fit to walk in a hobbit's wake.
February 12, 2010
Harry, Ron and Hermione: Relax. You could whip Percy Jackson and his pals with your wand hands tied behind your backs.
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.
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.
February 12, 2010
Like its stars, the film is genial good company.
February 12, 2010
Unfortunately, the movie lacks that good old Potter charm, trading Harry's dark whimsy for a handful of CGI magic beans.
February 12, 2010
Some moments of inspired silliness save this escapist adventure from complete dullness.
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.
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.
February 11, 2010
This is generic filmmaking at its most banal, a simple-minded simplification of a not overwhelmingly complex book.
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