White Squall
White Squall (1996)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 2, 1996
DVD Release Date: June 22, 1999
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it gets occasionally bogged down by touchy-feely sentiment, White Squall benefits greatly from Jeff Bridges' assured lead performance and Ridley Scott's visceral, exciting direction.

Brian Lowry
Variety

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Typically, Bridges gives a deftly understated performance uncluttered by vanity or shallow pathos. No wonder he's not a star.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though lavishly produced and based on a true story, it still fails to satisfy.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

This particular landlubber felt like jelly for the rest of the day, notwithstanding the hokey courtroom showdown that closes the picture.

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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times

The 20 or so minutes we spend with the Albatross in the squall is high adventure, to be sure. Everything else is ballast.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

An old-fashioned, white-knuckle adventure with the excellent Bridges adding another great characterization to his increasingly impressive resume.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Director Ridley Scott, who more than anyone else founded post-1960s visceral filmmaking, is at the top of his form in White Squall.

Andrew Griffin
Town Talk (Alexandria, LA)

Bridges puts his shoulder to the wheel and impresses audiences.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Wahida K
The strongest force in nature is the will to survive.
danny d
great movie, jeff bridges was really good
Jason Owens
A group of teenage boys learn discipline, courage, and what it's like to stick together as a unit as they aboard the Albatross and ride it out into the… More
Fascade Fiveoneeight
I loved this classic movie of a man turning boys to men in this classic pic of boating adventure. It's good.
xGary Xx
One of Ridley Scott's less interesting offerings, this ocean bound adventure is typically nicely shot, but the onboard soulsearching is contrived and… More
Marcus Woolcott
Too much melodrama, not enough squall