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80
Marc Guggenheim's script is capable and funny, but the film's finest wit is vehicular.
66
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.
63
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.
63
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.
50
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.
50
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.
50
The Thor Freudenthal-helmed sequel lacks the energetic zip of its predecessor.
50
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.
50
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.
40
Despite the usual end-of-world crisis and Mount Olympus MVP characters, there's no sense that anything's truly at stake; rather, it feels as if the filmmakers are coasting on the fumes of teen-angst fantasy and making up their fairy-tale rules (Cyclopes are fireproof!) as they go along.
40
What makes mythology so great is its sense of danger, the threat of real loss. This version of “Percy” has none of that.
38
In Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, choosing the dumbest character is a colossal task.
25
Like some hybrid beast out of Greek mythology, this young-adult sequel has the body of a “Harry Potter,” the head of a “Twilight,” the feet of a “Hunger Games” and the tail, oddly, of a “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
20
There isn't even an actual sea of monsters in “Sea of Monsters,” unless you count some fish guts.
12
I'll tell you what's insane: the probability that folks will go easy on this dreck because it's aimed at younger viewers, who are being distressingly trained to expect little from their art.

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