Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 12, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it may seem like just another Harry Potter knockoff, Percy Jackson benefits from a strong supporting cast, a speedy plot, and plenty of fun with Greek mythology.

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

The Greek gods had outsized powers and petty grievances. These Gen-Y demigods are no different - it's a whole generation of kids with daddy issues

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

Director Chris Columbus has brought together the modern and mythical spheres with sharp pacing and a nifty sense of fun that atone for the film's dippier moments. It's his most enjoyable effort since Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

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David Keyes

The plot uses the presence of the Greek gods as an indistinct outline to influence teenagers who are more interested in the prestige and glamor of their connection than the responsibility that comes with it.

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A.O. Scott
At the Movies

I thought it was mischievous and witty and amusing and I was just sort of drawn into it.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Dutifully Potteresque it begins, and dutifully Potteresque it ends.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It provides a great adventure movie for the family audience.

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Time Out

It's not enough to compensate for the computer-game-style plotting, which is largely based on us picking up narrative nuggets that mechanically slot into place later on.

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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly

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

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Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

The premise of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief holds great potential potential the film never realizes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Harry Potter meets Clash of the Titans and this book translation does pretty good for itself. My daughter and I laughed cringed and enjoyed it all the way… More
Phil Hubbs
I had no idea there were so many kids books that could be made into films, they just keep popping up every year after Harry Potter opened the flood gates, and… More
Carlos Magalhães
This enjoyable and harmless adventure directed by Chris Columbus is entertaining enough as it makes nice references to Greek Mythology gods and creatures, and… More
KJ Proulx
The first installment in the Percy Jackson franchise is a mere vessel, to show the fans what the background is. It was not to wow the audiences with pure… More
Daniel Mumby
Once a film franchise has established itself, other similar franchises often follow it, haging on the coattails of its success and trying to cash in by… More
Luke Baldock
After jumping from the Harry Potter series, Chris Columbus decides to take on yet another young hero magical fantasy series. This time the Greek gods are being… More