Waterworld (1995)

This epic sci-fi actioner is set 200 years in the future. The polar ice caps have melted, flooding the continents and creating a giant ocean. People are few and far between, living as sailors or on rickety atolls made from scrap metal; in… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 28, 1995
DVD Release Date: November 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it suffered from toxic buzz at the time of its release, Waterworld is ultimately an ambitious misfire: an extravagant sci-fi flick with some decent moments and a lot of silly ones.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It's a genuine vault at greatness that misses the mark -- but survives.

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James Berardinelli

In the tradition of the old Westerns and Mel Gibson's Road Warrior flicks, this film provides good escapist fun.

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Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

Waterworld is a mess masquerading as a movie. Setting out to do something startlingly new, it ends up stunningly familiar.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's one of those marginal pictures you're not unhappy to have seen, but can't quite recommend.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's borderline halfway decent. For the first 25 minutes or so, it's even actually good, in its derivative way.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Waterworld isn't Fishtar, but Kevin Costner's pricey, post-apocalyptic sloshbuckler isn't a seafaring classic either.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

Has the makings of a cult movie.

Brian Orndorf

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
I think this movie got ragged far more than it needed to. Kevin Costner wasnt given a break at the time and the huge budget was just insane. But I enjoyed the… More
Joe McCall
Widely considered to be one of the biggest flops of all time, it's easy to see why.
Flutie Archibald
Excellent! Only took me 17 years to get around to it...
Chris Weber
This movie is actually really well done. I don't see why so many people seem to hate it. It's really imaginative and pretty interesting. I love it for… More
Alex roy
Waterworld is famous for being one of the biggest flops in cinematic history. At the time of its release, it was the most expensive motion picture ever… More
Michael Edwards
To me this is a underrated film. Sure it had a lot of hate with the critics and people at the time, and it was the biggest budget film made at the time, and it… More