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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 33
  2. Negative: 8 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Aug 9, 2013
    80
    Marc Guggenheim's script is capable and funny, but the film's finest wit is vehicular.
  2. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Aug 9, 2013
    67
    Sarcastic quips and cynical attitudes abound, maybe as a way for the movie's makers to telegraph that they know this is all just so much kid stuff. But if the characters can't muster genuine awe for their adventure, it's a tall order to ask us to do it for them.
  3. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Aug 8, 2013
    66
    It’s the odd touch of local color — like the backdrop of an abandoned amusement park, or the arrival of a Civil War steamer crewed by Confederate zombies — that makes these routine acts of derring-do a bit easier to bear.
  4. Reviewed by: Marsha McCreadie
    Aug 7, 2013
    63
    This "Percy Jackson" is a gentler-spirited, less flashy enterprise, though it still presents a natural world that can morph at the whim of a god. I like that.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Aug 6, 2013
    63
    Director Thor Freudenthal (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”) finds his groove with a succession of flashy 3-D renderings... They’re digitized riffs on the Sarlacc pit from “Star Wars” and the finale of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” — but as with the “Potter” cribbing, when it’s done well, it encourages “Percy” audiences to forgive the derivative chunks and thin emotion.
  6. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Aug 7, 2013
    60
    Skippable 3-D aside, it's a serviceable, limber follow-up to 2010's "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief."
  7. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Aug 7, 2013
    58
    Here and there, some of this starts to feel a little less like homework and more like fun. Though part one used up many of the good monsters—like Medusa and the hydra—part two is a fleeter entertainment, free of origin-story requirements.
  8. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Aug 6, 2013
    58
    In the films at least, there's something so naked about the Potter/Percy story parallels that's it's hard not to sit there as a viewer and get distracted playing connect the dots.
  9. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Aug 6, 2013
    50
    The big action set pieces fizzle. And that’s not good for a fantasy adventure movie, especially when the fantasy component is frequently undercut by sub-standard special effects.
  10. 50
    The Thor Freudenthal-helmed sequel lacks the energetic zip of its predecessor.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 6, 2013
    50
    Nathan Fillion is the movie's brightest spot as Hermes, re-envisioned as a UPS manager. He makes a quip about how the best TV series always get canceled, in a nod to Firefly, the iconic sci-fi show in which he starred.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Aug 6, 2013
    50
    An epic showcase for mediocre CGI and slapdash screenwriting.
  13. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Aug 6, 2013
    50
    “Sea of Monsters” is diverting enough...but it doesn’t begin to approach the biting adolescent tension of the Harry Potter movies.
  14. 50
    The quest, which takes our heroes to the Sea of Monsters, aka The Bermuda Triangle, is generic in the extreme. The fights/escapes all lack any sense of urgency and peril.
  15. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Aug 6, 2013
    50
    That first movie was obviously a calculated grab for Harry Potter-type movie success but didn't feel like a rip-off. This one skews younger, to an easier-to-please demographic, closely resembling other fantasies since.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Aug 6, 2013
    50
    There are plenty of bad films to get riled up about in the summer. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters isn't one of them. This is harmless tween-centric fun.
  17. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Aug 7, 2013
    42
    The little action in 'Percy Jackson' wouldn’t be out-of-place in a superhero film, which is to say it’s mostly functional, and sometimes quite diverting.
  18. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Aug 9, 2013
    40
    The final showdown whisks up the requisite excitement, but the open-ended coda feels like an optimistic throw of the dice from the franchise showing meagre signs of Harry Potter longevity.
  19. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Aug 9, 2013
    40
    The kids are charmless, the adults bemused.
  20. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Aug 9, 2013
    40
    The CG does its part of the bargain, but even more than the brighter, breezier original this is a pale imitation of Potter.
  21. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Aug 7, 2013
    40
    This is some weak, watered-down stuff.
  22. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 7, 2013
    40
    The stakes in this latest, disappointing Harry Potter wannabe never feel as high as they should, or as important as its characters seem to think they are.
  23. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 6, 2013
    40
    What makes mythology so great is its sense of danger, the threat of real loss. This version of “Percy” has none of that.
  24. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 6, 2013
    40
    Despite the usual end-of-world crisis and Mount Olympus MVP characters, there’s no sense that anything’s truly at stake; rather, it feels as if the filmmakers are coasting on the fumes of teen-angst fantasy and making up their fairy-tale rules (Cyclopes are fireproof!) as they go along.
  25. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Aug 6, 2013
    40
    Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters continues a tradition of adequacy that could be described as “epic-ish” or “majestic-esque.”
  26. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Aug 7, 2013
    38
    In Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, choosing the dumbest character is a colossal task.
  27. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Aug 7, 2013
    30
    Sea of Monsters most bizarre and apropos-of-nothing moment comes when the half-blood kids find themselves stuck on – I kid you not – what appears to be the Civil War ironclad ship Monitor, captained and crewed by a host of Confederate zombies.
  28. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Aug 6, 2013
    30
    Before it descends into Percy Jackson and the Things That Happen in Movies Like This, the adventure at times clicks into the inventive groove of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson novels, which at their best are touched with the high strangeness of the ancient tales that inspire them.
  29. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Aug 6, 2013
    25
    Even likable actors can’t obscure the fact that, holy gods on Mount Olympus, this thing is a slog, a movie that dutifully hits its plot points involving prophecies and fleeces without evoking a whiff of spirit or imagination.
  30. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Aug 6, 2013
    25
    Like some hybrid beast out of Greek mythology, this young-adult sequel has the body of a “Harry Potter,” the head of a “Twilight,” the feet of a “Hunger Games” and the tail, oddly, of a “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
  31. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Aug 6, 2013
    20
    There’s really nothing to recommend ‘Sea of Monsters’: the young cast are smug and forgettable; the action sequences barely get going before they’re over; and the whole affair is riddled with product placement and pop cultural references – one girl even seems to possess a magic iPad. Keep the kids at home
  32. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Aug 6, 2013
    20
    There isn’t even an actual sea of monsters in “Sea of Monsters,” unless you count some fish guts.
  33. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Aug 6, 2013
    12
    I'll tell you what's insane: the probability that folks will go easy on this dreck because it's aimed at younger viewers, who are being distressingly trained to expect little from their art.
User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 166 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 57
  2. Negative: 22 out of 57
  1. Aug 7, 2013
    1
    Freudenthal’s Sea of Monsters is a step down for the Percy Jackson franchise in nearly every single way imaginable. The scale is smaller, the characters are less interesting, and the film makes poor use of its rich book and Greek mythology source materials. Young movie (and book series) fans will likely find enjoyment in watching their favorite heroes and actors back on the big screen for another Percy Jackson adventure but the movie provides next to nothing for anyone outside of that core demographic. As mentioned, the film spends a significant amount of time planting seeds for the next entry in the series, but it’s hard to imagine that many moviegoers will be as anxious for part three, The Titan’s Curse, after sitting through this Sea of Monsters. Full Review »
  2. Aug 9, 2013
    10
    I can easily give a 10 beacuse it's BETTER than the first in so many ways that i can't explain in 5000 characters. It's very nice, fun. It's a good movie for the summer. Full Review »
  3. Aug 8, 2013
    4
    The thing with this one is that it missed a lot key points. Tyson doesn't appear like that. Why isn't Clarrise fat. Where the golden fleece is at, there in not part of the book was there an amusement park on the island. Where are the man eating goats. Where is the hamster woman. Chiron looks old while it only takes place one year later. Percy in the book is 13 while in the movie he is 16. I am very disappointed in the movie. I somewhat enjoyed it though. Full Review »