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Waterworld Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 16, 2014
It's borderline halfway decent. For the first 25 minutes or so, it's even actually good, in its derivative way.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Brian Orndorf
October 30, 2009
Regardless of faults, I embrace Waterworld as the pure matinee escapism it was intended to be, readily devouring the sci-fi excitement both Reynolds and Costner are happy to dish up.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bill Gibron
October 22, 2009
While it is true that time, and the obsessive culture of the Internet, has lessened Waterworld's "Fishtar" reputation to some extent, this is still one massively flawed film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 12, 2009
actually pretty good
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
November 6, 2008
Waterworld drowned in bad buzz during its theatrical release. It deserves a better fate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
I had no idea what the characters were thinking half the time, but I had an excellent idea what they were feeling, physically.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
January 19, 2005
Nowhere close to as bad as its reputation
| Original Score: 3/5
Victoria Alexander
February 12, 2004
Fame swelled Costner's head.
| Original Score: 0/5
Michael Dequina
February 5, 2004
Nearly $200 million down the drain, and you get this astonishingly mediocre action wannabe-epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 12, 2003
It's not that BAD!!!!
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 14, 2003
Lives down to its legend.
| Original Score: 1/5
Widgett Walls
August 4, 2003
It's 'Max Max on Water.' Straight up. Once you get over that, it's not unenjoyable.
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
It really is like "Mad Max" gone to sea, both in its retro-futuristic, salvage-yard look and i ts frenetic pacing.
Full Review| Original Score: D
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
It's a genuine vault at greatness that misses the mark -- but survives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
The story and dialogue provided by Peter Rader and David Twohy are surprisingly insubtantial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew Howe
Film Written Magazine
April 2, 2001
It's not $200 million of entertainment, but a dead loss is one thing it definitely ain't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
A moderately successful guy's movie with both weak and strong elements where lots of things are brilliantly blown up and few things make any kind of sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
In the tradition of the old Westerns and Mel Gibson's Road Warrior flicks, this film provides good escapist fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's one of those marginal pictures you're not unhappy to have seen, but can't quite recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Waterworld isn't Fishtar, but Kevin Costner's pricey, post-apocalyptic sloshbuckler isn't a seafaring classic either.
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