White Squall
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Based on a true incident from 1960, White Squall is the story of the tragic sinking of the Albatross, a prep school educational two-masted schooner, during a Caribbean storm. Screenwriter Todd Robinson wrote the script after meeting one of the tragedy's survivors, Chuck Gieg. In the film, Gieg (Scott Wolf) is the narrator. He and his fellow students, whose parents have paid handsomely for their schooling, which combines classroom work with real-life adventure, are introduced to their grizzled seafaring captain, Christopher Sheldon (Jeff Bridges). Gieg is initially skeptical of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The filmmakers take a rather facile, anachronistic "Oprah"-esque approach toward the boys' feelings about their families and the Skipper's role as a "tough love"-minded surrogate father."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"Typically, Bridges gives a deftly understated performance uncluttered by vanity or shallow pathos. No wonder he's not a star."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"An old-fashioned, white-knuckle adventure with the excellent Bridges adding another great characterization to his increasingly impressive resume."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Stunning ocean visuals and a gut-wrenching storm sequence. An underrated and very good coming of age story."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"This is a very solid film with strong acting performances to boost it, excellent photography and a good soundtrack."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"This particular landlubber felt like jelly for the rest of the day, notwithstanding the hokey courtroom showdown that closes the picture."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The 20 or so minutes we spend with the Albatross in the squall is high adventure, to be sure. Everything else is ballast."
‑ Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times
"Bridges puts his shoulder to the wheel and impresses audiences."
‑ Andrew Griffin, Town Talk (Alexandria, LA)
"Dead Poets Society goes to the high seas in this overly ambitious tale of 13 young men aboard a floating prep school vessel. Their rite of passage is the core element in this all-spit and no-polish production."
‑ Jeanne Aufmuth, Palo Alto Weekly
"Daring and dramatic film about the passage of a group of young boys who come of age during their adventures at sea."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Despite great scenery, the distinctive visual ideas of Mr. Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) and the strong dramatic presence of Mr. Bridges, most of White Squall remains listless and tame."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Director Ridley Scott, who more than anyone else founded post-1960s visceral filmmaking, is at the top of his form in White Squall."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"An Excellent Picture. It doesn't get any better"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Unengaging maritime thriller from Ridley Scott. Good cast, but fails to connect."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"If the focus had been on the characters' experiences instead of the white squall, much more of the movie would have made a lasting impression."
‑ Dwayne E. Leslie, Boxoffice Magazine
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