Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  • PG
  • 1h 59m
  • 2010
Rotten49%
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A young boy discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods. Based on the book by Rick Riordan.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten49%
Critics Consensus: Though it may seem like just another Harry Potter knockoff, Percy Jackson benefits from a strong supporting cast, a speedy plot, and plenty of fun with Greek mythology.
Reviews
I.E. Weekly
Amy Nicholson
Rotten

The Greek gods had outsized powers and petty grievances. These Gen-Y demigods are no different - i...

June 22, 2017
At the Movies
A.O. Scott
Fresh

I thought it was mischievous and witty and amusing and I was just sort of drawn into it.

December 14, 2018
Time Out
Rotten

It's not enough to compensate for the computer-game-style plotting, which is largely based on us p...

June 22, 2017
London Evening Standard
Derek Malcolm
Rotten

This ineffably wooden Chris Columbus adaptation of author Rick Riordan's best-seller for young tee...

December 14, 2018
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Too scary for younger fans of the popular books.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is an aged-up version of the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief book that Common Sense Media recommends for readers 9 and up. Young hero Percy is now in high school rather than middle school; his satyr friend Grover loves the ladies; and a trip that Percy, Grover, and Annabeth take to a casino has a nightclub, a full bar, and trippy lotus flowers that all the patrons ingest (in the book, they play video and arcade games endlessly). Plus, the violence level is high for a PG-rated movie: Monsters are very frightning, especially the demonic ones -- like Hades aflame with skeletal wings and a fury sent to destroy Percy -- characters (monster and human) are impaled and slashed at with swords, and Percy's mom is crushed by a minotaur and taken to the underworld. After Medusa's head is severed, it's dragged along on the road trip to Hades.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Fantasy, Action, Family
  • Release Date:February 12, 2010
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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