White Squall - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

White Squall Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 27, 2016
Though lavishly produced and based on a true story, it still fails to satisfy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Brian Lowry
Variety
July 25, 2008
The filmmakers take a rather facile, anachronistic "Oprah"-esque approach toward the boys' feelings about their families and the Skipper's role as a "tough love"-minded surrogate father.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
This particular landlubber felt like jelly for the rest of the day, notwithstanding the hokey courtroom showdown that closes the picture.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 23, 2006
An old-fashioned, white-knuckle adventure with the excellent Bridges adding another great characterization to his increasingly impressive resume.
| Original Score: 7/10
Andrew Griffin
Town Talk (Alexandria, LA)
March 4, 2005
Bridges puts his shoulder to the wheel and impresses audiences.
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
March 4, 2004
An Excellent Picture. It doesn't get any better
| Original Score: 4/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
June 19, 2003
Stunning ocean visuals and a gut-wrenching storm sequence. An underrated and very good coming of age story.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Despite great scenery, the distinctive visual ideas of Mr. Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) and the strong dramatic presence of Mr. Bridges, most of White Squall remains listless and tame.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Dead Poets Society goes to the high seas in this overly ambitious tale of 13 young men aboard a floating prep school vessel. Their rite of passage is the core element in this all-spit and no-polish production.
| Original Score: 2/4
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 19, 2003
Unengaging maritime thriller from Ridley Scott. Good cast, but fails to connect.
| Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
This is a very solid film with strong acting performances to boost it, excellent photography and a good soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 22, 2002
Daring and dramatic film about the passage of a group of young boys who come of age during their adventures at sea.
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
If the focus had been on the characters' experiences instead of the white squall, much more of the movie would have made a lasting impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Typically, Bridges gives a deftly understated performance uncluttered by vanity or shallow pathos. No wonder he's not a star.
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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
The 20 or so minutes we spend with the Albatross in the squall is high adventure, to be sure. Everything else is ballast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This film offers just about everything, including a twenty-minute white-knuckle sequence and a chance to shed a few tears. In short, it's first-rate entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I enjoyed the movie for the sheer physical exuberance of its adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Leiby
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The movie's a shipload of coming-of-age blather, supplemented with enough rolling-sea footage to make the audience yearn for both Dramamine and a decent drowning scene.
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Kevin McManus
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The heavy-handedness of these final scenes will probably ruin the movie for some people, while others will enjoy its earnestness and energy. Count me among the latter group.
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
The visuals throughout the movie are exhilarating, and the squall scene in particular is pulled off spectacularly (if a bit chaotically). The scene is so powerful, it almost washes away the taint of familiarity...almost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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