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Based on 21 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Amid the action heroics of White Squall, Bridges creates a character of consequence. show more

  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    As a coming-of-age melodrama and high seas adventure, White Squall is fair. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The 15-minute squall is spectacular and the movie's partial redeemer - the minimum you'd hope for in a movie called White Squall, don't you think? [02 Feb 1996] show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The failures of White Squall are dismaying as well as perplexing. Director Ridley Scott serves up some ravishing images along the way: the stark geometry of the ship's riggings against an azure sky, crew kids scampering along a verdant ridge toward a volcano's silvery crater lake. But the script is a shambles. [06 Feb 1996] show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Scott is able to make it fresh and lyrical, as well as give us rousingly exciting scenes of nature in eruption. [02 Feb 1996] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I enjoyed the movie for the sheer physical exuberance of its adventure. It is magnificently mounted and photographed. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    White Squall is a success because the good elements are so well-orchestrated that they dwarf the few obvious flaws. This film offers just about everything, including a twenty-minute white-knuckle sequence and a chance to shed a few tears. In short, it's first-rate entertainment. show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    A misshapen allegory wrapped around a truly awe-inspiring set piece, Ridley Scott's latest is another waste of his prodigious talent. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The shipwreck comes too late to rescue movie from endless banalities. [02 Feb 1996] show more

  • 25
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    It just doesn't work. show more

  • November 09, 2013 mskcain
    Report This User

    Jeff Bridges is in his element. Love the movie. 5 star by me.

  • February 20, 2011 hjt43434
    Report This User

    White Squall is Dead Poets Socity on board. But simply this is Jeff Bridges' best movie!

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