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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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  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. 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. 60
    In the plus column, Poseidon is a tightly-paced action movie that doesn’t depend too much on special effects for its thrills.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 50
    Aside from a disturbingly graphic depiction of a drowning, there is also death by fire, electrocution and giant falling objects.
  10. The movie is, in all senses, a big downer.
  11. There's nothing hip or ironic about Poseidon, which makes Russell and Lucas the perfect leading men.
  12. Poseidon '06 is spectacularly noisy, uninteresting and character-free.
  13. 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.
  14. Exciting and nerve-racking in the moment, but empty.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Overall it's slick, brainless entertainment.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 118 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 58
  2. Negative: 18 out of 58
  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. Jun 29, 2016
    8
    The acting wasn't bad, the movie was action packed and intense and it was entertaining all the way through. The special effects may not holdThe acting wasn't bad, the movie was action packed and intense and it was entertaining all the way through. The special effects may not hold up very well with today standards but it's still a good movie. Full Review »
  3. Dec 12, 2015
    10
    This is literally the best film I've ever seen. So much excitement. The actors were good, the storyline was good. I enjoyed the film from theThis is literally the best film I've ever seen. So much excitement. The actors were good, the storyline was good. I enjoyed the film from the beginning till the end. I would 100% recommend this film! Full Review »