Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Synopsis
Poseidon's son (Logan Lerman) has just 10 days to find Zeus' stolen lightning bolt.
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San Francisco Chronicle

A whole lot of plot ensues - an entertaining mix of buddy movie, road trip, "Clash of the Titans," archetypal quest and a coming-of-age...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Director Chris Columbus has fun with this goofy premise, but as always I am distracted by the practical aspects of the story. Does it...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

So has "Percy Jackson" successfully cracked the "Potter" code? In terms of overall quality, not even close. Still, the film's carefully...
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63

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
The CGI effects are a familiar sort and so is the heroic-quest motif. The principal virtue in this modest entertainment is that the young...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A diverting action fantasy that modernizes the stories of demigods and monsters.
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63

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
May not be so deep or richly imagined as J.K. Rowling's universe of magic and Muggles, but the film is populated by likable characters,...
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
You don't even have to be familiar with the first book in Rick Riordan's popular fantasy series to enjoy Chris Columbus' energetic...
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Entertainment Weekly

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Has all the CGI sorcery of a Harry Potter pic, but none of the magic.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Very little of it is as persuasive or enveloping as its beloved English counterpart. But it works very hard to distract 11-year-olds from...
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NPR

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The film becomes particularly risible when family matters come into play. Since the young demigods, by nature, are raised in single-parent...
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PERCY JACKSON... Greek mythology murdered! Grade: C-minus (Based on advance press preview on Thursday Feb. 11)

By MOVIES REVIEWER
At roughly 2 hours, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief(PJOTLT) is an overwrought inconsistently-paced ridiculous exercise of an attempt at box-office magic that sputtered, fizzled, and...

Saw the trailer yesterday! I'M SO EXCITED! MY FAVORITE BOOK INTO A MOVIE! Agh! CANNOT WAIT!

By PJOfan7
Saw the trailer yesterday! I'M SO EXCITED! MY FAVORITE BOOK INTO A MOVIE! Agh! CANNOT WAIT! The trailer itself looked okay, but then again, it was just a teaser. They did a great job making Logan...

I really like it

By aleikar
My kids keep on watching the movie over and over. I had read all the books and understand that movies are different, so i just enjoy the action and the actors do a great job. I am looking for the...

Not for lovers of the Percy Jackson books!

By sb98
The special effects were cool, the casting was good - but apparently the movie's makers only liked the title of the book, because other than that and the character names, they didn't use much else! ...

not what I expected!

By nottingham
The graphics were stunning and the actors were great, but the script was so far of from the book that my head almost liquified, my kidneys shriveled up, and my spleen literally caught on fire. The...

TRAVESTY~ INCORRECT SHAMEFUL REPPRESENTATION OF THE BOOK

By kellylmessier
My 10 year old son and I have read almost this entire book series and were very excited to **1**/bad and not ever mention who is actually the real evil character and change then entire plot. The...

Almost Perfect!

By BSMGR
Could have done more with the Gods, but other than that, impressive movie and a must see!...

Wish it had been more like the book.

By DoctorDoctorW
My 12 year old sons and I had read the book together, and we were so excited to see the movie. We were then so disappointed that the movie deviated so much from the book. Other than that, we enjoyed...

The lightning thief

By lauriehfisher
The books were incredible and i cant wait for the movie...

The Lighting Thief

By conradwsba1
This movie was awesome.I read the book the book was awesome and so was the movie.I would see this movie again any day.SEE THIS MOVIE.Tell the Ticket Holder I told you....

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Rated PG | For action violence, some scary images, peril, mild language and suggestive material
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ Too scary for younger fans of the popular books.
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