(1995)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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75
Entertainment Weekly
Costner's surfer-bum affectlessness works here; he turns the Mariner into the world's most jaded lifeguard.
75
USA Today
A two hour aquatic pursuit pic with bruising stunts, fun-to-watch performances, a dozen good chortles and imposing Panavision renderings of post-apocalyptic crud, Waterworld clearly has the makings of a cult movie.
75
Chicago Tribune
Waterworld is often entertaining because it's screwy. Could even Ed Wood Jr. have come up with those cigarette-puffing villains, in a world with hardly enough dirt for a tobacco plant? [28 July 1995]
75
ReelViews
The script doesn't do a great job with either the spiritual or the physical trek, but the spectacular action sequences occur with enough regularity that strong writing isn't necessary to keep Waterworld afloat.
67
Austin Chronicle
Nowhere near the Hollywood disaster that was foretold, Waterworld is a near-model summer fantasy: two hours and 21 minutes of loud, expansive fun.
63
Chicago Sun-Times
A decent futuristic action picture with some great sets, some intriguing ideas, and a few images that will stay with me.
50
It's really not bad... It's a genuine vault at greatness that misses the mark -- but survives.
50
Christian Science Monitor
At least Dennis Hopper plays the bad guy with wildness and wit. Costner's stolid hero seems a washout by comparison.
50
Sublimely ridiculous.
50
Its mediocrity guarantees this lavish, soggy retread of futuristic Australian action classic "The Road Warrior" a place in the ranks of forgotten extravaganzas.

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