Aquaman Reviews

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September 13, 2019
The dumb parts of the movie are the best parts of the movie. I wish it had leaned into being more dumb.
March 4, 2019
Nothing about this movie works. It is way too obvious, it's got cheesy special effects, it feels like a 1980's film with the jokes, and it's trying too hard.
December 31, 2018
Through it all, Jason Momoa... tosses off coyly bluff one-liners with understated humor that goes to waste in this bloated and sludgy movie.
December 27, 2018
Veteran cinematographer Don Burgess's widescreen images beguile, and Bill Brzeski's production design impresses mightily, but next time, someone please give Momoa and company some memorable dialogue.
December 25, 2018
A thoroughly entertaining ride.
December 22, 2018
But oh, those action sequences: this is what the Tron sequel should have looked and sounded like.
December 21, 2018
Had this movie arrived as recently as two years ago, it might have been heralded as a higher-end superhero movie. Things have changed, however, in both the DCEU and the MCU.
December 21, 2018
The bright spots (Momoa, that octopus) can be difficult to really relish amid the oceans of exposition and a typically pulverizing, overelaborate screenplay.
December 21, 2018
Aquaman breaks the mould. It's an authentically light-hearted brand of rubbish, taking a tongue-in-cheek delight in its own absurdity.
December 21, 2018
In making the first DC superhero film in a long time to aspire to anything like levity, Wan finds a way to catalyze what might have been yet another dust-dry origin story.
December 21, 2018
Aquaman isn't all dumb fighting and arguing among sea-guys. The movie's biggest selling points are its affable, bear-hug spirit and its lavish, loopy visuals.
Top Critic
December 21, 2018
There are parts of Aquaman that are so wonderfully strange that it's astonishing to see them in a franchise blockbuster.
December 21, 2018
Even graced with the charming company of Momoa and Nicole Kidman, who is having a blast playing his high-kicking, otherworldly mother, the timing and tone of this movie is consistently off.
December 21, 2018
Aquaman works because it isn't laughing at itself-it's both joyously whimsical and confident in its own sea-worthiness.
December 21, 2018
While DCEU heroes like Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman were unbearably solemn, it is easy to see that Momoa is having a blast in the lead role.
December 20, 2018
None of it makes a ripple of sense, even when blown up to IMAX 3D size.
December 20, 2018
Wan has a great visual eye or, at very least, a master's degree in CGI.
December 20, 2018
For all its wild spectacle and cartoon cleverness, this is a quietly subversive movie, and an evolutionary step forward for the genre.
December 19, 2018
Not even an up-for-anything Jason Momoa can save Aquaman from being a joke. Still, the fun is a relief after all the recent DCEU superhero gloom. Any fish epic that finds time to show us an octopus playing bongos gets a pass in our book.
December 19, 2018
At times, the plot feels like the 12 Labors of Hercules, with a couple of extra labors thrown in just for the heck of it.
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