Poseidon Reviews

  • There is no great romance, no epic special effects, just a lot of terrible dialogue spoken by wooden actors in a film so CGI dependent; I felt like I was watching a video game.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • [An] excellently undemanding, swimmingly enjoyable remake.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The chief virtue of Wolfgang Petersen's reasonably well-executed remake of The Poseidon Adventure is that it keeps the action moving.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • It will be a minor treat to rent the DVD, and freeze-frame some of the more choice wooden expressions.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Poseidon is a sodden saga, with a script that is awash in cliches. It nearly drowns under the weight of its own soggy tedium.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Poseidon isn't cute, funny, warm, nice, inspirational or uplifting. It's about the incredible labor of survival in a world turned totally sociopathic in an instant.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • There will be people who won't go to United 93 because they think it will be depressing yet will go to Poseidon expecting an exciting night at the movies, and I guess I don't understand how their brains work.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • An utterly empty-skulled genre mechanism and nothing more.

    Michael Atkinson — Village Voice

  • Where the first film had to rely on stunt work and character conflicts, the remake is action on top of unbelievable action.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • Poseidon betrays a studio mindset that can only hasten the current erosion of movie attendance -- skimping on human content while betting heedlessly on boom boom boom and gurgle gurgle gurgle.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • If The Poseidon Adventure was pure camp classic, Wolfgang Petersen's uninspired re-do succeeds at neither -- it's not camp and it's not classic.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • You will definitely gasp and gulp while watching the new film. But, sadly, these reactions won't be traced to the expert effects. Instead, you'll find yourself gasping and gulping at the incredibly lame dialogue.

    Philip Wuntch — Dallas Morning News

  • While the ship's survivors are driven to live, Poseidon is never character-driven enough to make us care.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • As a humanist, I applaud the respect for life, but I miss the campy fun. The movie is, in all senses, a big downer.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • Throughout the movie, Petersen has a dynamic feel for the rush and heave of the deluge, the pent-up energy, the sheer heft and momentum.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Petersen's heart isn't in it. He is too wise a director to think this is first-rate material, and too good a director to turn it into enjoyable trash.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • We've sailed these waters before. Poseidon has been reimagined, if that's the word for it, in an impersonal, Palm Piloted manner, though not without its share of unintended laughs.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • As enjoyably silly as the original.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • There's nothing hip or ironic about Poseidon, which makes Russell and Lucas the perfect leading men: jut-jawed, macho, and able to keep a straight face while being pinned by fake beams, and held hostage by page upon page of sappy dialogue.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Relying on empty spectacle rather than drama, Poseidon sinks faster than a topsy-turvy cruise ship.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

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