White Squall Reviews
August 10, 2020
Bridges does his best to command the emotional resonance we assume motivated Sheldon, but scant characterization marks him merely as a cipher for brawny, brain-washed ideations of what masculinity's supposed to look like.
June 27, 2016
Though lavishly produced and based on a true story, it still fails to satisfy.
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.
January 26, 2006
This particular landlubber felt like jelly for the rest of the day, notwithstanding the hokey courtroom showdown that closes the picture.
January 23, 2006
An old-fashioned, white-knuckle adventure with the excellent Bridges adding another great characterization to his increasingly impressive resume.
March 4, 2005
Bridges puts his shoulder to the wheel and impresses audiences.
June 19, 2003
Stunning ocean visuals and a gut-wrenching storm sequence. An underrated and very good coming of age story.
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.
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.
March 19, 2003
Unengaging maritime thriller from Ridley Scott. Good cast, but fails to connect.
March 16, 2003
This is a very solid film with strong acting performances to boost it, excellent photography and a good soundtrack.
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.
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.