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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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United Kingdom, Canada, United States · 2010
Rated PG · 1h 58m
Director Chris Columbus
Starring Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Family

Accident prone teenager, Percy discovers he's actually a demi-God, the son of Poseidon, and he is needed when Zeus' lightning is stolen. Percy must master his new found skills in order to prevent a war between the Gods that could devastate the entire world.

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Arizona Republic by Bill Goodykoontz

Percy Jackson isn't a great movie, but it's a good one, trotting out kernels of Greek mythology like so many Disney Channel references. For the most part, it works.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch by Joe Williams

The CGI effects are a familiar sort and so is the heroic-quest motif. The principal virtue in this modest entertainment is that the young characters act like real teenagers.


Chicago Tribune by Michael Phillips

Suggests that this could be the start of something adequate. Something big would've been nicer, though the movie's limitations are less a matter of scale than of imagination.


Miami Herald by Rene Rodriguez

May not be so deep or richly imagined as J.K. Rowling's universe of magic and Muggles, but the film is populated by likable characters, great special effects and a neat premise.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Director Chris Columbus has fun with this goofy premise, but as always I am distracted by the practical aspects of the story. Does it bother the Greek gods that no one any longer knows or cares that they rule the world? What are the genetic implications of human/god interbreeding?

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