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  • Summary: In the future, the polar ice caps have melted, covering the Earth with water. The Mariner (Costner), a mysterious drifter, attempts to elude the savage "Smokers" and escort Helen (Tripplehorn) and her daughter Enola (Majorino) to the legendary Dryland.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    A pretty damn good summer movie.
  2. Costner's surfer-bum affectlessness works here; he turns the Mariner into the world's most jaded lifeguard.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    A two hour aquatic pursuit pic with bruising stunts, fun-to-watch performances, a dozen good chortles and imposing Panavision renderings of post-apocalyptic crud, Waterworld clearly has the makings of a cult movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    A not-bad futuristic actioner with three or four astounding sequences, an unusual hero, a nifty villain and less mythic and romantic resonance than might be desired.
  5. It's really not bad... It's a genuine vault at greatness that misses the mark -- but survives.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    50
    Its mediocrity guarantees this lavish, soggy retread of futuristic Australian action classic "The Road Warrior" a place in the ranks of forgotten extravaganzas.
  7. This movie feels like it was made by a bank rather than a person.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Dec 4, 2013
    5
    This movie felt like playing uncharted 3 there are so many plot holes that make this movie very good. Lousy acting a poor story so many thing. I think it is a good rental and a good watch. This makes you feel like playing uncharted 3 over and over again. Expand
  2. j30
    Feb 13, 2012
    5
    Before Titanic came out, Waterworld was the most expensive film ever produced. Comparing the two is like night and day. Even though I don't particularly care for Titanic I think if once you have a commander of the screen and someone with a vision like James Cameron you're going to have substantial differences in results. Titanic full of ambition (like Waterworld), took home 11 Oscars while Waterworld was just nominated for 1 Oscar (Best Sound). Expand

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