New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
This is one perfectly terrifying movie, an instant classic.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
'Titanic'' was a case of a cheeseball story riding terrific effects. The Perfect Storm is in every important way deeper.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A well-crafted example of a film of pure sensation. I do not mind admitting I was enthralled.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Does about as good a job of simulating that terror as it possibly could, but it's no competition for what we create in our mind's eye while reading.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Petersen's speculative reenactment makes for gripping summer entertainment -- if you don't mind a little corn floating in your brine.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The problem with The Perfect Storm is that while its roiling collision of weather systems is pulled off with cinematic deftness, the actors who stand there getting lashed and splashed don't have anything terribly interesting to say.
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USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
So much water. Such a dramatic washout.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Petersen gives us monumental images of waves and rain and wind, but the editing is so choppy that the images don't build and crest.
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Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
But jaw-dropping trailer aside, there isn't much movie here.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's shocking, considering the talent involved, the The Perfect Storm looks and feels fake.
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59 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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