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Aquaman Movie: Here's What the Critics are Saying

Find out what critics think of Aquaman (2018). The first live-action Aquaman movie opens in theaters December 21st but the reviews are in. Here's a run-down of the critic's reviews.

First, the ubiquitous Rotten Tomato score is currently at 76% out of 63 reviews. Right now it's the second highest score of the DC movie universe. The highest is Wonder Woman (93%). The lowest is a tie for best of the worst at 27% between Suicide Squad (2016) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).

That's not bad, but we'll see how it stacks up after more reviews come in.

Here's a break down of what the critics are saying about Aquaman.

Aquaman is Entertaining

The movie is entertaining and a lot more fun than previous grimdark DCEU movies.

"Aquaman is a flawed but thoroughly entertaining adventure movie and certainly one of the strongest installments so far in the inconsistent Worlds of DC franchise." - Digital Spy

"It had a few stumbles, but as a whole, it is an awesome action-packed adventure." - Geeks of Color

"Not since "Superman: The Movie" have I seen a DC comic book movie wear its heart on its sleeve, unveiling every single element of the Aquaman lore with sheer unabashed excitement and enthusiasm." - Cinema Crazed

"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." - Vulture

Jason Momoa is Fun

A lot of the critics agree that Jason Momoa is fun and his charisma carries the movie but there's not much else.

"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." - AV Club

"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." - U.S. Weekly

"Aquaman features gigantic monsters, a lost civilization hidden for centuries at the bottom of the ocean, and a man who can talk to fish by putting his hand in the air and squinting, but the hardest thing to believe in the entire movie is that a guy who looks like Jason Momoa would be named 'Arthur.'" - ScreenCrush

Aquaman is Good But Not Great

The movie is directed well and has good fight scenes but isn't great.

"Aquaman is more seawater than bongwater, unfortunately, but when it gets trippy, it floats within hailing distance of Doctor Strange." - Time Out

"It's certainly fun to watch, and I spent most of it giggling with glee and/or dismay at how crazy it all was. But it also feels like wasted potential." - Refinery 29

Amber Heard is Wonderful

While the movie is titled Aquaman his co-star Mera, played by Amber Heard makes it more like "Aquaman and Mera". Unfortunately, they don't give her much to do.

"She has quite a bit of fun as a super-powered heroine of her own accord, and she has a certain droll deadpan that will remind you of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. She’s both the love interest and a fully-functioning co-star." - Forbes

"The screenplay, credited to David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, makes a feeble attempt to transform the instant chemistry between Aquaman and Mera into [rom-com] material, but Heard’s entire performance has been reduced to eye-rolls and smirks to fill in the gaps between various chapters in Aquaman’s journey." - IndieWire

The critics are divided, but agree it's fun to watch.

About Aquaman (2018)

Official synopsis: "From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, "Aquaman," starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be... a king."
Directed by James Wan
Cinematography by Don Burgess
Production Design by Bill Brzeski
"Aquaman" stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren, Michael Beach, Graham McTavish, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Randall Park, Temuera Morrison
"Aquaman" is scheduled for release December 21, 2018 (United States)
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