80

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Marc Guggenheim's script is capable and funny, but the film's finest wit is vehicular.
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66

Film.com

By William Goss
It’s the odd touch of local color — like the backdrop of an abandoned amusement park, or the arrival of a Civil War steamer crewed by Confederate zombies — that makes these routine acts of derring-do a bit easier to bear.
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63

Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
Director Thor Freudenthal (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”) finds his groove with a succession of flashy 3-D renderings... They’re digitized riffs on the Sarlacc pit from “Star Wars” and the finale of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” — but as with the “Potter” cribbing, when it’s done well, it encourages “Percy” audiences to forgive the derivative chunks and thin emotion.
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63

RogerEbert.com

This "Percy Jackson" is a gentler-spirited, less flashy enterprise, though it still presents a natural world that can morph at the whim of a god. I like that.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
There are plenty of bad films to get riled up about in the summer. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters isn't one of them. This is harmless tween-centric fun.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
The Thor Freudenthal-helmed sequel lacks the energetic zip of its predecessor.
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50

Tampa Bay Times

By Steve Persall
That first movie was obviously a calculated grab for Harry Potter-type movie success but didn't feel like a rip-off. This one skews younger, to an easier-to-please demographic, closely resembling other fantasies since.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
The big action set pieces fizzle. And that’s not good for a fantasy adventure movie, especially when the fantasy component is frequently undercut by sub-standard special effects.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Nathan Fillion is the movie's brightest spot as Hermes, re-envisioned as a UPS manager. He makes a quip about how the best TV series always get canceled, in a nod to Firefly, the iconic sci-fi show in which he starred.
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50

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
The quest, which takes our heroes to the Sea of Monsters, aka The Bermuda Triangle, is generic in the extreme. The fights/escapes all lack any sense of urgency and peril.
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39 out of 100
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