Box art for Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

action & adventure, children & family, sci-fi & fantasy

Modern and mythical worlds collide in this thunderous fantasy-adventure starring Pierce Brosnan, Kevin McKidd and Uma Thurman as you've never seen them before!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 10
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
3 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the book vs. the movie. So much was changed here -- the characters' ages, the plot, the places they visit, etc. Was it still the movie you were hoping for?
  • Talk about the scare factor. Did anything make you hide under your chair? What mythological monsters would you least like to see in the real world? Does fantasy violence have the same impact as more realistic violence?
  • Who are your favorite hero characters? Do they usually have humble beginnings, thinking they're nobody special, or do they always know what they're destined for? How many of your favorite heroes are girls? Boys?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: "It is a bit hard to see quite where Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief's market lies. Too adult for juveniles, too juvenile for adults.

- Giles Hardie,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Harry Potter meets Clash of the Titans and this book translation does pretty good for itself. My daughter and I laughed cringed and enjoyed it all the way through. I then made sure to tell my daughter its a book and she is already to read it!

- jmanard52, Sunday, February 14, 2010

4 stars

I like that the movie draws from from Mythological Gods instead of the made up characters like Harry Potter. It is an enjoyable movie and much better than I expected.

- Tomassgringo, Thursday, September 23, 2010

3 stars

I had a fun time watching this. I cant compare it to the book cuz I havent read it at all but I liked watching it, I thought it was very enjoyable. Somewhere along the way, this movie kinda gave me the impression of 'Greek Mythology meets National Treasure'. Okay, dont get me wrong, its not really like National Treasure, its more like Hollywood "branding" Greek Mythology. It was like... Americanizing the Greek Myths... But then again maybe its just me... Mmm. yeah, loads of commercial plugging of items in this one too. Still.. It was pretty good watch. Bought the kiddie in me back to the surface :P

- Gx7, Sunday, September 19, 2010