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About the Movie

Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper and Jeanne Tripplehorn star in a turbocharged action-adventure epic, unmatched in sheer excitement and heart-pounding suspense. In this futuristic thriller, Earth is covered with water and the human race struggles to survive on dilapidated boats and makeshift floating cities. Costner portrays a drifter who becomes caught up in the struggle between the evil Deacon (Hopper) and a child's secret key to a wondrous place called "Dryland." With refreshing humor, groundbreaking special effects and awe-inspiring action, Waterworld sets a glorious high watermark for imaginative, thrill-packed entertainment.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 50
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 29
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Has the makings of a cult movie. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A moderately successful guy's movie with both weak and strong elements where lots of things are brilliantly blown up and few things make any kind of sense. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jan 22, 2006

Rotten: Waterworld isn't Fishtar, but Kevin Costner's pricey, post-apocalyptic sloshbuckler isn't a seafaring classic either. – Rita Kempley, Washington Post, Jul 17, 2002

Rotten: It's one of those marginal pictures you're not unhappy to have seen, but can't quite recommend. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Waterworld Review

This was a great movie. It deserves it's 5 stars. From what I've read online, the movie was very costly to produce. It's definatly a good movie and I say you should give it a chance by atleast renting it or buying it. Your money will not be wasted. Christopher C.


This movie is just awesome! It's packed w/ action and it has some hints of comedy, Kevin Costner and Dennis Hopper make a great combination in this movie. This is a movie you should def buy

Why was this a flop??

I didn't think this film was as bad as they say. The history is that this film didn't even come close to recouping from all the millions spent on making it. And that's a bloody shame. But I thought it was a strange world. When the opening of the film began and the polar ice caps were melting, I thought it was going to be another global warming propaganda film. But as it turns out, that really was just the way it happens. No reason is given, or shoved in your face. And that's great. Because it focuses on the story and the characters. The acting was not terrible. I recognized the little girl (Enola) from Napolean Dynamite. She was a tremendous actress. Perfect for this part. Really cute little girl. And the woman who was supposed to be her "mother" was great too (and really beautiful). I really felt that world. I did feel the epic-ness of it. The film didn't even feel extremely hoaky or anything either. It held its own. And Dennis Hopper was great. I remembered every character. Yeah, I felt that this was a misunderstood film for its time. Also, various films don't do well at the box office because of timing as well. Perhaps this film just came out at a bad time, when it was outshined by something else out there. Whatever the reason, it doesn't deserve the criticism it so relentlessly gets. I'm almost tempted to buy it. But I'll get it on DVD. Probably will be cheaper that way.

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  • $4.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1995

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