The Perfect Storm
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In October 1991, a dying tropical hurricane from Bermuda collided with a cold front from the Great Lakes, resulting in a "perfect storm" of previously unknown destructive impact that resulted in 100-foot waves; tragically, the crew of a fishing boat was lost in the midst of the fearsome storm. Based on the best-selling book by Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm tells the story of the ship's brave and hard-working crew. Billy Tyne (George Clooney), captain of the Andrea Gail, hasn't had much luck finding catch on his most recent trips to sea, and with money short, he and his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Think of something with the heart and soul of a Conrad yarn, yet buttressed by very special effects and shrewdly packaged for devotees of the Outdoor Living Network"
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Opens with a squall of anticipatory clichťs."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"feels more like a made-for-TV movie"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"An expertly crafted Hollywod entertainment...[constructed] as a series of grippingly fateful 'moments of truth.' [Blu-Ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Once the digital effects commence The Perfect Storm has all the impact of watching a friend play Nintendo."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"A sense of reality is essential, and it's sorely lacking."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The audience, with good reason, is much more conflicted in the end about this voyage than the crew, and so we are put in the unfortunate position of feeling superior to these men."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"Scary and sad are the main concerns here."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The storm looks perfect, but the real danger here is the tidal wave of mediocrity and cliches."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"A stinker fit for the chum bucket."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An awfully good film"
‑ Joel Siegel, Good Morning America
"A well-crafted example of a film of pure sensation"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The thrills come in an emotional vacuum--even more problematic considering Petersen spends so much time trying to develop a human center."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The story could've told itself in a compelling way without invented drama."
‑ John Venable,
"In the end, all the audience is left with is the feeling that you're really glad not to be a fisherman."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
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