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August 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The tween-targeted Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is another one of those films that reviewers have difficulty approaching with the usual critical standards in mind. Instead, they’re trying to assess the film from the viewpoint of the average young person in the audience. Bruce Demara in the Toronto Star remarks, “It’s clearly aimed at tween and teen set and it’s likely to be a crowd-pleaser among that demographic.” Likewise, Gary Goldstein writes in the Los Angeles Times: “Tweens and young teens should be sufficiently distracted by the movie’s brisk pace and heroic mayhem – if they’re not too unnerved by its at times nightmarish imagery.” Andy Webster in the New York Times comments that director Thor Freudenthal “is savvy with effects and keeps his young cast on point” but the movie itself “doesn’t begin to approach the biting adolescent tension of the Harry Potter movies.” But Sara Stewart in the New York Post is not willing to give the filmmakers any slack. The whole thing, she writes, amounts of “a tiresome schlep.”