(1995)

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75
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.
75
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]
70
If the story seems a little waterlogged, it's still big, loud, and fun to watch.
63
Chicago Sun-Times
A decent futuristic action picture with some great sets, some intriguing ideas, and a few images that will stay with me.
60
A not-bad futuristic actioner with three or four astounding sequences, an unusual hero, a nifty villain and less mythic and romantic resonance than might be desired.
50
TV Guide Magazine
Its mediocrity guarantees this lavish, soggy retread of futuristic Australian action classic "The Road Warrior" a place in the ranks of forgotten extravaganzas.
50
The New York Times
It lacks the coherent fantasy of truly enveloping science fiction, preferring to concentrate on flashy, isolated stunts that say more about expense than expertise. [28 July 1995]
50
It's really not bad... It's a genuine vault at greatness that misses the mark -- but survives.
40
Los Angeles Times
Though Waterworld has some haunting underwater visual moments, the film's impact is weakened by flat dialogue, an overemphasis on jokeyness and a plot that, despite all those screenwriters, does not satisfactorily hold together at any number of points.
30
Chicago Reader
This movie feels like it was made by a bank rather than a person.

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