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Based on 17 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's really not bad... It's a genuine vault at greatness that misses the mark -- but survives. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A two hour aquatic pursuit pic with bruising stunts, fun-to-watch performances, a dozen good chortles and imposing Panavision renderings of post-apocalyptic crud, Waterworld clearly has the makings of a cult movie. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Waterworld is often entertaining because it's screwy. Could even Ed Wood Jr. have come up with those cigarette-puffing villains, in a world with hardly enough dirt for a tobacco plant? [28 July 1995] show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The script doesn't do a great job with either the spiritual or the physical trek, but the spectacular action sequences occur with enough regularity that strong writing isn't necessary to keep Waterworld afloat. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A decent futuristic action picture with some great sets, some intriguing ideas, and a few images that will stay with me. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    At least Dennis Hopper plays the bad guy with wildness and wit. Costner's stolid hero seems a washout by comparison. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Examiner

    Sublimely ridiculous. show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    Its mediocrity guarantees this lavish, soggy retread of futuristic Australian action classic "The Road Warrior" a place in the ranks of forgotten extravaganzas. show more

  • 67
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Nowhere near the Hollywood disaster that was foretold, Waterworld is a near-model summer fantasy: two hours and 21 minutes of loud, expansive fun. show more

  • 75
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Costner's surfer-bum affectlessness works here; he turns the Mariner into the world's most jaded lifeguard. show more

  • July 17, 2011 greekini
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    I watch a movie for enjoyment not to tear it down. Therefore I like Waterworld as Hokey as it was it was entertaining. An action film without major machinme guns is nice. Yes I liked Waterworld and all the actors involved

  • May 01, 2011 Juanita
    Report This User

    I sincerely enjoyed the film, especially the second time around...

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