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Waterworld Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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+
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 4, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
January 19, 2005
Nowhere close to as bad as its reputation
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
April 26, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 19, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
July 30, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
If the story seems a little waterlogged, it's still big, loud, and fun to watch.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Waterworld is a near-model summer fantasy: two hours and 21 minutes of loud, expansive fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Waterworld is the movie that didn't happen. Which is a roundabout way of saying that the infamous Universal film is very good, damn good -- not great, mind you, but rousing and continually entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Has the makings of a cult movie.
| Original Score: 3/4
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