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White Squall Reviews

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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
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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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Far too much of this handsomely mounted adventure is devoted to routinely dramatized adolescent minutiae.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dragan Antulov
April 25, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 2/10
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Brian Lowry
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.
Brian Mckay
March 19, 2003
Unengaging maritime thriller from Ridley Scott. Good cast, but fails to connect.
| Original Score: 2/5
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
January 4, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
This picture has nothing original to say, and the acting is way below par. Imagine making a show about kids and then not putting in a single kid (or adult for that matter) that you care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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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.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The script is slow and tired. We've seen it all before, and the change of setting has little impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Although only slightly more than two hours, the film seems becalmed for days in what seems a dramatic doldrum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The storm sequence is worth the wait, as scary and dramatically filmed as any ocean disaster you've seen in the movies, but the tribunal that follows is so muddled as to end the film in a great big anti-climax.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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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
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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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James Berardinelli
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
Clint Morris
March 4, 2004
An Excellent Picture. It doesn't get any better
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
While the denouement is basically another bummer of a letdown, you'll still be coming off that adrenaline rush from the 'squall' scenes.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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.
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