Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    30
    This is, or was, a true story, but invested as it is with relentlessly cliched emotions, it plays like cheap fiction.
  2. The failures of White Squall are dismaying as well as perplexing. Director Ridley Scott serves up some ravishing images along the way: the stark geometry of the ship's riggings against an azure sky, crew kids scampering along a verdant ridge toward a volcano's silvery crater lake. But the script is a shambles. [06 Feb 1996]
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. ThatemW.
    Mar 24, 2008
    8
    Great family movie and not a bad little sailing movie too. Recomend it to most. Of course not an action movie either.
  2. JosephB.
    Dec 13, 2007
    7
    I thought this movie worked pretty well as a combination of coming-of-age and action-adventure treatments. In the end though, this film is about a tragedy and makes us sad. This proves though that it is successful and well structured, in that we come to care about the characters and mourn their fates. Very watchable and keeps your interest up. Full Review »