Poseidon

Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 36
  2. Negative: 7 out of 36
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  1. 60
    The effects are terrific, from the two-and-a-half-minute opening sequence that tracks around the brilliantly lit liner from below, above and round about, to some amazing exterior shots of the groaning vessel rolling around in the churning sea like a giant, wounded whale.
  2. 60
    In the plus column, Poseidon is a tightly-paced action movie that doesn’t depend too much on special effects for its thrills.
  3. 58
    "Titanic" without the metaphors, the class-consciousness, the love story, or anything resembling a theme, Poseidon invests so little in its screenplay that it might as well be an episode of "The Love Boat" gone horribly awry.
  4. 50
    There is nothing wrong with the performances. All of the actors are professionals, although none have as much fun as Shelley Winters, who is the actor everyone remembers from the 1972 movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    50
    At least Poseidon takes care to dispatch the Black Eyed Peas' Stacy Ferguson who, as the shipboard entertainer, sings what may be the worst song ever written, reprised over the end credits.
  6. The special effects, with one painful exception, hold up beautifully. But the people have no personalities, the story is unconvincing, and the whole movie is as shallow as the puddle left on a flat roof by a 20-minute shower.
  7. There's nothing hip or ironic about Poseidon, which makes Russell and Lucas the perfect leading men.
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    Maybe it's the era we're living in, but the new film is as much fun as a shroud.
  9. Pretty much pure boilerplate: a reasonably well-executed throwaway that, when you finally get around to seeing it in its proper setting, will make you glad you decided to travel by air instead of by sea.
  10. More than characters, dialogue and lighting, here Petersen is interested exclusively in suspense of the will-he-or-won't-he-be-crushed-by-that-falling-flaming-elevator variety.
  11. Exciting and nerve-racking in the moment, but empty.
  12. 50
    Aside from a disturbingly graphic depiction of a drowning, there is also death by fire, electrocution and giant falling objects.
  13. 50
    After 9/11 and Katrina, this megabudget remake by Wolfgang Petersen benefits from a similar cultural oomph, though it's just as enjoyably silly as the original.
  14. 50
    An acceptably entertaining picture. At just 100 minutes long, it feels tight and trim, and unlike so many contemporary action pictures, it boasts only one ending, instead of three false ones. What's more, it's just as dumb as the original.
  15. 50
    Overall it's slick, brainless entertainment.
  16. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    The movie is, in all senses, a big downer.
  17. Poseidon '06 is spectacularly noisy, uninteresting and character-free.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 109 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 56
  2. Negative: 18 out of 56
  1. chelsea
    Jan 31, 2009
    10
    This movie was soo intense! some parts made me cry. but i couldn't find anything wrong with it. and plus josh lucas is sexy which is This movie was soo intense! some parts made me cry. but i couldn't find anything wrong with it. and plus josh lucas is sexy which is good enough for me ! Full Review »
  2. Jul 25, 2015
    5
    This film is a farce , because it is another boat but superapara anything Titanic pelicua , and what Poseidon is a fictional ship and ranThis film is a farce , because it is another boat but superapara anything Titanic pelicua , and what Poseidon is a fictional ship and ran aground head , and the Titanic had split in two and Titanic is longer than this filth . Titanic is the clear winner. Full Review »
  3. Aug 28, 2014
    6
    I don't usually like to watch films like this, as I don't like the nervous, uneasy feeling I experience while watching them. However, I wantedI don't usually like to watch films like this, as I don't like the nervous, uneasy feeling I experience while watching them. However, I wanted to give this a chance.

    A New Year's celebration on a luxury cruiser Poseidon is underway, leading us through brief introductions of our future cast (some of the most delightful being an aging gay-man Richard Nelson and an ex-navy Dylan Johns), when a rogue wave appears quite suddenly (no time wasted there) and makes the cruiser do half an Eskimo Roll.

    Up is down, and the remaining survivors hope that their ship stays afloat until rescuers arrives. Not everyone is that optimistic, however, and the previously introduced characters start an uncertain climb for possible survival.

    Through cramped spaces and crystal clear waters - with some fiery inferno to boot - the group thins and obstacle after another arises to dampen their spirits. I think the cast's performances were good, and none of the issues they had to deal with were too unbelievable. That, of course, makes the situations only worse to watch.

    In the spirit of all similar movies before this, and probably after as well, some of the characters make it while others don't. You could make some guesses as to who might not make it, which is part of the "entertaining" factor of the story. Also, I have no idea what drowning really looks like, but we had at least one very good version of it in here.

    All in all, a good disaster story, I guess. It didn't seem too impossible or too long, and this will probably make you eye to horizon for a bit longer the next time you dare to put your foot in a boat of any size.
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