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Widely considered to be an expensive failure, Waterworld was an epic vehicle for Kevin Costner, who starred in and co-produced the film, with his friend Kevin Reynolds as director. It was based on a 1986 screenplay by Peter Rader and cost an estimated $235 million, more than any film in history up to that time. Costner eventually fired Reynolds and directed the last few scenes himself. The story was filmed in Hawaii, using several artificial islands, and is set in an apocalyptic future, after global warming has melted the polar ice caps and flooded civilization. The Mariner (Costner) is one of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a genuine vault at greatness that misses the mark -- but survives."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"In the tradition of the old Westerns and Mel Gibson's Road Warrior flicks, this film provides good escapist fun."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Regardless of faults, I embrace Waterworld as the pure matinee escapism it was intended to be, readily devouring the sci-fi excitement both Reynolds and Costner are happy to dish up."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Waterworld drowned in bad buzz during its theatrical release. It deserves a better fate."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"Fame swelled Costner's head."
‑ Victoria Alexander, FilmsInReview.com
"A moderately successful guy's movie with both weak and strong elements where lots of things are brilliantly blown up and few things make any kind of sense."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"It's one of those marginal pictures you're not unhappy to have seen, but can't quite recommend."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"While it is true that time, and the obsessive culture of the Internet, has lessened Waterworld's "Fishtar" reputation to some extent, this is still one massively flawed film."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"I had no idea what the characters were thinking half the time, but I had an excellent idea what they were feeling, physically."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Nearly $200 million down the drain, and you get this astonishingly mediocre action wannabe-epic."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Waterworld isn't Fishtar, but Kevin Costner's pricey, post-apocalyptic sloshbuckler isn't a seafaring classic either."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Has the makings of a cult movie."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"actually pretty good"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Nowhere close to as bad as its reputation"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"It's not that BAD!!!!"
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
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