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.
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.
April 25, 2003
March 19, 2003
Unengaging maritime thriller from Ridley Scott. Good cast, but fails to connect.
January 4, 2003
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
The script is slow and tired. We've seen it all before, and the change of setting has little impact.
January 1, 2000
Far too much of this handsomely mounted adventure is devoted to routinely dramatized adolescent minutiae.
January 1, 2000
Although only slightly more than two hours, the film seems becalmed for days in what seems a dramatic doldrum.