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May 11, 2006
By the end of Poseidon the eponymous cruise ship lies on the bottom of the ocean, and so, I hope, does the reputation of director Wolfgang Petersen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 11, 2006
Petersen's heart isn't in it. He is too wise a director to think this is first-rate material, and too good a director to turn it into enjoyable trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 10, 2006
Petersen sets out to give us a group of undeveloped stock characters and a bunch of cheap thrills, and that's what he delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 12, 2006
While the ship's survivors are driven to live, Poseidon is never character-driven enough to make us care.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 10, 2006
If the prospect of expiring horribly strikes you as a rather extreme way of growing backbone and getting life plans back on track, you should know that Poseidon is a movie with absolutely no sense of humor.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 11, 2006
We've sailed these waters before. Poseidon has been reimagined, if that's the word for it, in an impersonal, Palm Piloted manner, though not without its share of unintended laughs.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 22, 2006
Poseidon betrays a studio mindset that can only hasten the current erosion of movie attendance -- skimping on human content while betting heedlessly on boom boom boom and gurgle gurgle gurgle.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
June 7, 2006
The entire cast tries gamely to make the lame dialogue work, with some succeeding more than others. ... What salvages the film are the action sequences and the special effects.
| Original Score: C
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 16, 2006
Your average episode of 'The Love Boat' had more meaningful drama, emotion, and peril.
Julian Roman
MovieWeb
May 20, 2006
There is no great romance, no epic special effects, just a lot of terrible dialogue spoken by wooden actors in a film so CGI dependent; I felt like I was watching a video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 11, 2006
you start to realize that the capsized cruise liner onscreen isn't the only sinking ship.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
Let it drown
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 11, 2006
If The Poseidon Adventure was pure camp classic, Wolfgang Petersen's uninspired re-do succeeds at neither -- it's not camp and it's not classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 16, 2006
... a waterlogged, unnecessary re-imagining of the cheesy blockbuster from the Seventies heyday of disaster films.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 11, 2006
The overturned-ocean-liner remake, Poseidon, is long on 'wows' but short on 'aws.'
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 2, 2007
A handful of the passengers may eventually get out of the ship alive, but nothing, it seems, can save them from Mark Protosevich's sinking script. At least it looks good as it goes down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 10, 2006
Its ever-present underlying racial politics [mirror] those of dunderheaded '80s B-horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
June 29, 2006
Very run of the mill average Summer entertainment - action packed but no heart, let alone any sense of fun
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
May 11, 2006
Poseidon does for disaster movies what Airplane! did for disaster movies.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
May 10, 2006
I cheered for the water. I hoped all the characters, especially Fergie, drowned.
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