Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. 100
    This is one perfectly terrifying movie, an instant classic.
  2. 89
    Nearly a perfect film, from its bold and epic man-vs.-nature conflict to the breathless scripting, editing, acting, and direction.
  3. 88
    A well-crafted example of a film of pure sensation. I do not mind admitting I was enthralled.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    'Titanic'' was a case of a cheeseball story riding terrific effects. The Perfect Storm is in every important way deeper.
  5. 88
    Accomplishes a delicate balancing act, that of entertaining the audience with the thrills and adventure of the Andrea Gail's final journey.
  6. As a movie, this is exciting stuff.
  7. Unabashedly designed to blow its audience away.
  8. Dive right in if you're looking for an old-fashioned entertainment that delivers corny romance, turbulent action, and enough wave-churning seascapes to make "Titanic" seem landlocked.
  9. Petersen's speculative reenactment makes for gripping summer entertainment -- if you don't mind a little corn floating in your brine.
  10. The problem with The Perfect Storm is that while its roiling collision of weather systems is pulled off with cinematic deftness, the actors who stand there getting lashed and splashed don't have anything terribly interesting to say.
  11. Does about as good a job of simulating that terror as it possibly could, but it's no competition for what we create in our mind's eye while reading.
  12. Has noticeable problems with characterization and dialogue. But once that awesome storm, one of the most terrifying ever put on film, gets cranked up, it's hard to remember what those difficulties were, let alone care too much about them.
  13. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    Impersonal Hollywood filmmaking at its most paradoxical. It keeps you glued to your seat, and leaves no aftertaste whatsoever.
  14. 67
    The stick-figure people in the script haven't the slightest chance of making an impression, and you're more excited at the prospect of the next big wave?
  15. 65
    The perfect example, of how the newest visual effects movies have the capacity to overwhelm everything--from actors to plotlines--except in the end, maybe, their audiences.
  16. 63
    The movie is "Twister" on the high seas, a spectacular-looking, spectacularly hollow tale about foolhardy men vs. imperious nature.
  17. An enthralling special-effects tour de force with a lover's nook.
  18. 63
    So much water. Such a dramatic washout.
  19. By the end, I felt like a beetle going round and round in a toilet bowl that just wouldn't stop flushing.
  20. 60
    Overall, the book is a far more rewarding experience than the movie.
  21. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    60
    The storm is the reason to see the movie.
  22. Petersen gives us monumental images of waves and rain and wind, but the editing is so choppy that the images don't build and crest.
  23. 50
    But jaw-dropping trailer aside, there isn't much movie here.
  24. Not terrible, but distinctly disappointing, not nearly as engaging or thrilling as its premise seems to promise.
  25. 50
    Rains on its own parade.
  26. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    50
    Big effects; threadbare story.
  27. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    50
    Once at sea, The Perfect Storm collapses in a heap of spectacle and a dubious piling-on of scary incidents.
  28. The Perfect Storm is no "Titanic."
  29. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    What's true about The Perfect Storm is true of many effects epics: it's not a bad movie, except for the people.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. Jul 6, 2014
    5
    The Perfect Storm is a an overlong, pointless washout that never connects with us emotionally. It takes forever to get going, and each sceneThe Perfect Storm is a an overlong, pointless washout that never connects with us emotionally. It takes forever to get going, and each scene is dragged out until the viewer reaches wits end. Even after all of that, the movie never rewards us for our troubles, instead giving us cliché after cliché in the script and very static characters. It may have great special effects, but they're wasted in this movie. Full Review »
  2. Jun 23, 2014
    0
    Hollywood did it again, what a crap movie. the most irritating thing about this movie was the bloody music.
    so in appropriate! I literally
    Hollywood did it again, what a crap movie. the most irritating thing about this movie was the bloody music.
    so in appropriate! I literally had to stop watching this crap. Now I know why I watch foreign film and arthouse cinema. Hollywood never did it for me. Occasionally a good one comes out but it certainly AINT this one.
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  3. May 18, 2013
    5
    The Perfect Storm is a fine disaster movie. It suffers from all the usual schmaltz, but when the waves start ramping up, so does theThe Perfect Storm is a fine disaster movie. It suffers from all the usual schmaltz, but when the waves start ramping up, so does the excitement. That said, a bit more character depth and a few less extraneous characters (like the helicopter or sail boat crew) would have served this movie better. Full Review »