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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Reviews

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
August 8, 2013
Whiny, listless and repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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William Goss
Film.com
August 8, 2013
Precious little about this is particularly memorable, but it's the odd touch of local color that makes these routine acts of derring-do a bit easier to bear.
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Marsha McCreadie
RogerEbert.com
August 8, 2013
Lerman is adroit at looking eager and battle-worthy but not too cocky in a film as much about character development as sword play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 7, 2013
There are plenty of bad films to get riled up about in the summer. "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" isn't one of them. This is harmless tween-centric fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2013
Even for those missing their Harry Potter fix, this is some weak, watered-down stuff.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
August 7, 2013
Yes, this is the point in the summer when I outsource my critical judgment to my kids.
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
August 7, 2013
You might think it would be endlessly awesome being the offspring of an Olympian god, but it seems like kind of a drag, really, for young Percy Jackson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 7, 2013
In Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, choosing the dumbest character is a colossal task.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 7, 2013
Tweens and young teens should be sufficiently distracted by the movie's brisk pace and heroic mayhem - if they're not too unnerved by its at times nightmarish imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
August 7, 2013
Before it descends into Percy Jackson and the Things That Happen in Movies Like This, the adventure at times clicks into the inventive groove of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson novels ...
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
August 7, 2013
With its broad humour and less than serious tone, it's clearly aimed at tween and teen set and it's likely to be a crowd-pleaser among that demographic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
August 7, 2013
Characters don't so much have conversations as read Dungeons & Dragons manuals at each other. The whole thing feels like exposition in search of a story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 7, 2013
The movie feels like a watch-the-bottom-line effort that's determined to skimp on everything - guest stars, effects, spectacle - while bringing in new characters we don't care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
August 6, 2013
This film hits its stride in a way the first one never did.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 6, 2013
Obviously the bar isn't set that high, but Percy still manages to fumble underneath it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 6, 2013
With the young wizards of "Harry Potter" fading from memory, the demigod teenagers of "Percy Jackson" are starting to seem like the next best thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
August 6, 2013
It's a shame that the millions of readers who fell in love with Riordan's classic-meets-contemporary children's stories have been handed such limp adaptations of the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 6, 2013
Percy is a lot like a certain bespectacled young wizard - sans the lightning-shaped scar. It's too bad his adventures don't have the same enchanting quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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August 6, 2013
A fetching mix of whizz-bang CGI and full-blooded classical storytelling.
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Andy Webster
New York Times
August 6, 2013
"Sea of Monsters" is diverting enough - the director, Thor Freudenthal, is savvy with effects and keeps his young cast on point - but it doesn't begin to approach the biting adolescent tension of the Harry Potter movies
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
August 6, 2013
An epic showcase for mediocre CGI and slapdash screenwriting.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 6, 2013
The Thor Freudenthal-directed Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which actually runs about 10 minutes shorter than its 2010 predecessor, lacks the energetic zip of the Chris Columbus-helmed installment.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
August 6, 2013
Like some hybrid beast out of Greek mythology, this young-adult sequel has the body of a "Harry Potter," the head of a "Twilight," the feet of a "Hunger Games" and the tail, oddly, of a "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 6, 2013
In an age where even The Smurfs 2 has to arch an eyebrow and pretend that it's hipper than itself, there's something refreshing about the lack of irony in the Percy Jackson series.
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Andrew Wagaman
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 6, 2013
Supporting actors Stanley Tucci and Nathan Fillion have a good punch line or two, but otherwise the book's humor fails to translate with both kids and their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
August 6, 2013
The young cast are smug and forgettable; the action sequences barely get going before they're over; and the whole affair is riddled with product placement and pop cultural references ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Nick Schager
Time Out
August 6, 2013
It feels as if the filmmakers are coasting on the fumes of teen-angst fantasy and making up their fairy-tale rules (Cyclopes are fireproof!) as they go along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
August 6, 2013
The mythology-rooted "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" franchise is fairly engaging stuff, unabashed "Harry Potter" knockoff or no.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
August 6, 2013
There isn't even an actual sea of monsters in "Sea of Monsters," unless you count some fish guts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5