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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Family . Fantasy . Adventure

Accident prone teenager, Percy discovers he's actually a demi-God, the son of Poseidon, and he is needed when Zeus' lightning is stolen. Percy must master his new found skills in order to prevent a war between the Gods that could devastate the entire world.

Actors: Catherine Keener , Melina Kanakaredes , Rosario Dawson , Steve Coogan , Pierce Brosnan , Sean Bean , Jake Abel , Alexandra Daddario , Brandon T. Jackson , Logan Lerman
Directors: Chris Columbus
Country: UK , CANADA , USA
Release: 2010-02-12
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  • 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 bother the Greek gods that no one any longer knows or cares that they rule the world? What are the genetic implications of human/god interbreeding?

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    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 tale about misfits making their way despite, or because of, absent parents.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ethan Alter

    So has "Percy Jackson" successfully cracked the "Potter" code? In terms of overall quality, not even close. Still, the film's carefully calibrated mixture of CGI-enhanced spectacle, diverting (and blood-free) action sequences and adolescent angst could make it a modest hit with the eight to 12-year-old set.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Percy Jackson isn't a great movie, but it's a good one, trotting out kernels of Greek mythology like so many Disney Channel references. For the most part, it works.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    This is a big, often quite scary action movie, with tons of creepy computer-generated imagery that's right up there with Voldemort in terms of physical nastiness, although less powerful emotionally.

    Time Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The whole thing is piffle, but it moves fast enough to stay entertaining.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • 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, great special effects and a neat premise.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    A diverting action fantasy that modernizes the stories of demigods and monsters.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • 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 characters act like real teenagers.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • 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 adaptation.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    Slavishly follows every rule of the kids’ fantasy franchise genre, but it’s a well-executed and imagined world. Bet the sequel’s darker.

    Empire Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Action movies of this scale often start off strong and wind down to forgettable finales, but "Percy Jackson" is the opposite, overcoming a clunky setup to deliver nearly all its thrills in the last half-hour.

    Variety Full Review
  • Adam Markovitz

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

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Suggests that this could be the start of something adequate. Something big would've been nicer, though the movie's limitations are less a matter of scale than of imagination.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Played by Logan Lerman -- the Zac Efron look-alike who was young George Hamilton in "My One and Only" -- Percy is a Manhattan high-schooler who learns he is a demigod.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The movie suffers by taking itself a little too seriously. It's not just that it's a lot less funny than the book. It's also a lot less fun.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • 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 thinking about the November arrival of “The Deathly Hallows.’’

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    All dull thunder without a spark of illumination.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    For what it is and for whom it is intended, it’s not a bad movie, just an indifferent one.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    Columbus knows his way around this kind of material even if some of the special effects look like they came from Deep Discount. The gods are well-rendered, but nothing special. Still for the Potter crowd, Percy provides a nice diversion until the real thing comes along.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Mary Elizabeth Williams

    The overblown and overlong version of Percy's adventures largely fails to capture the quirky allure of Riordan's books. Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    Like Percy himself, the film doesn’t have any traits that qualify as having an actual personality. Even so, as long as the kiddies aren’t too upset by the major liberties reportedly taken with the source material, it might be enough to distract them until Harry returns.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    For all the earth shaking that goes on, “Percy Jackson” is agreeably tame and unthreatening.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    The gods, led by Sean Bean, are mostly stiffs; thank heaven for Uma Thurman, raising hell as a stylishly leather-clad Medusa.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    In Columbus’ hands, it once again all breaks down into a series of rushed, breathless special-effects setpieces, in a thrill ride that isn’t headed anywhere new.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Jenkins

    Mirthless, episodic fantasy saga.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    This is generic filmmaking at its most banal, a simple-minded simplification of a not overwhelmingly complex book.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    As scripted by Craig Titley, this first in a presumptive franchise is a dull, scattershot affair that owes much to both "X-Men" and Greek mythology, but which never seems to slow down enough to make any sense whatsoever.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • David Plotz

    The Lightning Thief is loud, scary, oversexed, and really unfun. All that would have been fine if my daughter liked it, but instead it left her and her friend stunned.

    Slate Full Review
  • Nick Starkey

    Chris Columbus, true to his namesake, has chartered new waters of lazy hackdom with this "Clash of the Titans" remade as a CW tween soap.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The film becomes particularly risible when family matters come into play. Since the young demigods, by nature, are raised in single-parent homes, their encounters with the gods are characterized less by wonder than by the therapy-speak of wounded kids with daddy issues.

    NPR Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    For what it is and for whom it is intended, it’s not a bad movie, just an indifferent one.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    For what it is and for whom it is intended, it’s not a bad movie, just an indifferent one.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
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