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The Perfect Storm Reviews

March 22, 2002
Think of something with the heart and soul of a Conrad yarn, yet buttressed by very special effects and shrewdly packaged for devotees of the Outdoor Living Network
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 10, 2001
A sense of reality is essential, and it's sorely lacking.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Opens with a squall of anticipatory clichés.
January 1, 2000
Soggy, cardboard-thin clichés
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Has noticeable problems with characterization and dialogue. But once that awesome storm ... gets cranked up, it's hard to remember what those difficulties were, let alone care too much about them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
It isn't a very good movie.
January 1, 2000
Humans are irrelevant to an effects extravaganza.
January 1, 2000
Exciting, engaging, and, at times, majestic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
The Perfect Storm' looks and feels like too many other movies in which ships struggle to stay afloat as the mad seas thrash around them.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
After a while the unending tumult simply becomes monotonous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: B
January 1, 2000
The Perfect Storm shook me, and the feeling lingered.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 1, 2000
Perfect Storm is thrilling but can't match the terror of the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
The audience, with good reason, is much more conflicted in the end about this voyage than the crew, and so we are put in the unfortunate position of feeling superior to these men.
January 1, 2000
The Perfect Storm is much more than a seagoing Twister.
January 1, 2000
The movie is a technical marvel, with scenes of rampaging nature that approximate ominous visual poetry. But dramatically, the ambitious film is hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
This movie is capable of hitting you with gale force.
January 1, 2000
When so many movies promise a roller-coaster ride, Storm is one of the few that delivers more than noise.
Read More | Original Score: B+
January 1, 2000
Can't match its visual poetry with compelling drama.
January 1, 2000
For once, we have a film in which the FX guys dominate and yet, human truth and drama shine through.
January 1, 2000
The movie's biggest problem is that it has no real story to tell, and no characters who seem capable of talking about anything but their sense of oncoming doom.
January 1, 2000
A picture that leaves one thinking less about the fates of the characters than about how the actors had to spend most of their working days soaking wet.
January 1, 2000
It's not perfect -- nor even predominately successful -- with storytelling and character development.
January 1, 2000
Once at sea, The Perfect Storm collapses in a heap of spectacle and a dubious piling-on of scary incidents.
January 1, 2000
A well-crafted example of a film of pure sensation
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Like so many things about this movie, that speech is intended to deepen our understanding of the character and ennoble his quest, but winds up sounding as real as the proverbial fishing story.
January 1, 2000
Much of the exposition, however, is assaultively clumsy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
A marvellously evocative volume of nonfiction storytelling has been reduced to the phoniest kind of computer-generated images.