Aquaman Reviews

December 31, 2018
Through it all, Jason Momoa... tosses off coyly bluff one-liners with understated humor that goes to waste in this bloated and sludgy movie.
December 27, 2018
Veteran cinematographer Don Burgess's widescreen images beguile, and Bill Brzeski's production design impresses mightily, but next time, someone please give Momoa and company some memorable dialogue.
December 25, 2018
A thoroughly entertaining ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2018
But oh, those action sequences: this is what the Tron sequel should have looked and sounded like.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 21, 2018
Had this movie arrived as recently as two years ago, it might have been heralded as a higher-end superhero movie. Things have changed, however, in both the DCEU and the MCU.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 21, 2018
The bright spots (Momoa, that octopus) can be difficult to really relish amid the oceans of exposition and a typically pulverizing, overelaborate screenplay.
December 21, 2018
In making the first DC superhero film in a long time to aspire to anything like levity, Wan finds a way to catalyze what might have been yet another dust-dry origin story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2018
Aquaman isn't all dumb fighting and arguing among sea-guys. The movie's biggest selling points are its affable, bear-hug spirit and its lavish, loopy visuals.
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December 21, 2018
There are parts of Aquaman that are so wonderfully strange that it's astonishing to see them in a franchise blockbuster.
December 21, 2018
Even graced with the charming company of Momoa and Nicole Kidman, who is having a blast playing his high-kicking, otherworldly mother, the timing and tone of this movie is consistently off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 21, 2018
Aquaman works because it isn't laughing at itself-it's both joyously whimsical and confident in its own sea-worthiness.
December 21, 2018
While DCEU heroes like Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman were unbearably solemn, it is easy to see that Momoa is having a blast in the lead role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2018
None of it makes a ripple of sense, even when blown up to IMAX 3D size.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 20, 2018
Wan has a great visual eye or, at very least, a master's degree in CGI.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2018
For all its wild spectacle and cartoon cleverness, this is a quietly subversive movie, and an evolutionary step forward for the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2018
Not even an up-for-anything Jason Momoa can save Aquaman from being a joke. Still, the fun is a relief after all the recent DCEU superhero gloom. Any fish epic that finds time to show us an octopus playing bongos gets a pass in our book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 19, 2018
At times, the plot feels like the 12 Labors of Hercules, with a couple of extra labors thrown in just for the heck of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 19, 2018
The saving grace of director James Wan's great-looking and reasonably entertaining but also meandering and sometimes truly ridiculous Aquaman is that everyone from screenwriters through the talented cast seems to get the sheer, waterlogged lunacy...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2018
It's just two and a half years of - sorry, two and a half hours - of oceanic screen savers and hair that won't stop undulating so we know when we're underwater.
December 19, 2018
It seems director James Wan had one overarching goal in making "Aquaman." His prime directive? Crush the audience into submission.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 18, 2018
Another disappointing entry in the DC Comics cinematic universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 17, 2018
There is the occasional cool visual and clever world-building detail, like jellyfish couture and eye-popping underwater physics, but "Aquaman" never fully commits to its lunacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 17, 2018
A spirited pulp-adventure that should make doubters take this fishy hero seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2018
"Aquaman" is pure camp, wildly entertaining and an eye-popping spectacle. You have to admire the effort, scope and sheer audacity of everyone involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2018
Aquaman is a step toward restoring equilibrium, creating a sprawling undersea world that most closely resembles the Thor franchise in terms of scope, majesty and happily, humor.
December 11, 2018
Jason Momoa's surf-bro superhero is a welcome addition to a ponderous genre, but his movie as a whole is waterlogged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2018
Notwithstanding the inevitable formulaic dialogue and a superabundance of boilerplate superhero action sequences, "Aquaman" turns out to be, almost despite itself, an engaging undersea extravaganza.
December 11, 2018
Aquaman needs its smirking, beer-loving, roadie-looking, Chippendale-chested hero -- not to save the day, but to remind us that this is stuff is about as goofy as it gets.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 11, 2018
Aquaman's as formulaic, excessively thrashy, and mommy-obsessed as any other entry in the DCEU, but its visual imagination is genuinely exciting and transportive, and dare I say, fun.
December 11, 2018
It's just H2-OK.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 11, 2018
Take away Momoa's steady presence, and you're looking at an overstuffed mess that provides entertainment purely in an OMG-this-is-a-disaster kind of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 11, 2018
Watching this movie is like spending two hours and 27 minutes staring at a gigantic aquarium full of digital sea creatures and actors on wires, pretending to swim.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 11, 2018
[James Wan's] conjured an intriguing world, but populated that world with dramatic cotton candy and silly characters, including a hero who's unsure if he wants to make us laugh or feel - and winds up doing neither.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 11, 2018
Even with its flaws and struggles with originality, Aquaman is reminiscent of the early Marvel movies in its storytelling, best when taking wild swings instead of being an earnest superhero jam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 11, 2018
In a better world, "Aquaman" would excel at delivering an ecological message to the masses. But all the fish in the sea can't salvage a movie that refuses to go more than surface deep.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 11, 2018
The majority of the time the action set pieces seem quite arbitrary... This saddles the overlong film with a ponderous, grinding feel, one driven by a sense of obligation more than the glee of inspiration.
December 11, 2018
It doesn't suck, but only if you're willing to sit through two hours of waterlogged world-building before the movie finally takes off.
December 11, 2018
Wan seems to be operating under the philosophy that sci-fi/fantasy should stretch the limits of the imagination, even at the cost of possibly looking ludicrous. Either way, you're in for a spectacle.