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  • Summary: A group of boys learn about life and death during their senior year as the crew on the ship Albatross.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Scott is able to make it fresh and lyrical, as well as give us rousingly exciting scenes of nature in eruption. [02 Feb 1996]
  2. 75
    I enjoyed the movie for the sheer physical exuberance of its adventure. It is magnificently mounted and photographed.
  3. The story has its corny aspects, but thanks to Scott's skill as an image maker and as a storyteller--proceeding from the very blue and very abstract water seen behind the credits to the climactic, extended storm--this is superior to both "Dead Poets Society" (as a tale about a boys' school and its charismatic teacher) and "Apollo 13" (as a true-life action adventure).
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    Director Ridley Scott's lavish production isn't totally satisfying, coasting aimlessly at times before suddenly leaping to a more intense dramatic plane.
  5. The shipwreck comes too late to rescue movie from endless banalities. [02 Feb 1996]
  6. The 20 or so minutes we spend with the Albatross in the squall is high adventure, to be sure. Everything else is ballast.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2

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