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The Meg Reviews

March 3, 2020
Director Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) strikes an agreeable tone, avoiding both unnecessary heaviness and self-aware camp.
March 21, 2019
There's some corniness that's apart of this film, there are some cheesy lines, but Statham sells it all.
August 28, 2018
Asks little more of you than to strap in, put away your phone and enjoy watching a freakishly huge prehistoric eating machine terrorize some scientists before it turns its appetite to a beach full of frolickers on floaties.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 20, 2018
The one genuine shock is that it takes Statham as long as 44 minutes to remove his shirt and flash his pecs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 15, 2018
If there's any sense of menace in The Meg, it lies in the prospect that many more such films may be on the way. All that said, I hope there are bigger opportunities in store for whoever edited the trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 13, 2018
The film delivers on that silly-stupid-summer-fun promise, while also exceeding expectations in terms of action and set-pieces
| Original Score: 3/4
August 13, 2018
There's no way I can possibly love it entirely but I just think its ridiculously bad, but enjoyable at the same time.
August 10, 2018
Maybe director John Turteltaub thought the barrage of pathos and yuks would distract from the fact that his star is a very big fish that is not very bright. Still: cool shark, bro.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 10, 2018
I wanted this movie to be wackier, crazier, and over the top, the problem is that it's PG13.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 10, 2018
It's so bad that it's good, remember? It's bad, but it's funny! You're laughing! Right? The truth, unfortunately, is that the novelty of Statham's self-mocking performance and deadpan antics fades away... It is so bad that it's bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 10, 2018
The Meg is oddly charming, more pulp than cheese, like the sci-fi pumped out in the 1950s.
August 10, 2018
The makers of The Meg may have gone to school on Spielberg, but the big-budget deep-sea thriller is nothing but bloodless summer filler.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 10, 2018
Jason Statham takes on a giant shark in "The Meg," a fun-dumb splash of summer popcorn entertainment that manages to be more fun than dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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August 9, 2018
Of all the thrillers made about tender, juicy humans splashing away from ravenous giant sharks, The Meg is undeniably the most recent.
August 9, 2018
It is neither dumb nor smart enough to be fun, and spends way too much time with its boring human characters when it could be spending it with, you know, the giant shark.
August 9, 2018
Turteltaub is better at the scenes of conceiving cockamamie plans than at the unleashing of cockamamie-ness. He only occasionally suggests the mystery and majesty of his monster and exhibits little feel for suspense.
August 9, 2018
A Jaws knockoff designed to give Jason Statham meaningful employment where he can grunt heroically and cash a cheque bearing many zeroes, now that he has reached the Steven Seagal phase of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 9, 2018
Dithering on whether or not it's a comedy, thriller, or meditation on climate change, The Meg attempts to do a number of things while succeeding at very few of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 9, 2018
It begins like James Cameron's The Abyss but ends in the kind of toothless high campery found in last year's Baywatch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 9, 2018
A lot is obvious here, in fact, including a couple of twists...You're there for the action, and there's a lot of it. It's OK, and there are some scares and some silliness and some sadness doled out along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 9, 2018
The Meg ends up being just a high-budget, low-value attempt to sell you a typical tale of a tortured man tracking a monster, composed of spare parts lifted from other films you love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 9, 2018
The thing that disappointed me the most about The Meg is its flat tone. There's too little tension and not nearly enough suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 9, 2018
It manages to hit upon a reasonably effective blend of action and humor that never sinks to the strained depths of the Sharknado saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 9, 2018
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater and enjoy old-fashioned summer entertainment.
August 9, 2018
It's not fun, it's not serious, it's not scary. It is stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 8, 2018
If a lot of the plotting is colossally stupid, it's presented in a cheerful, old-fashioned, thoroughly unpretentious way, built on the simple premise that scaring people with sharks in summertime is a tried-and-true convention.
August 8, 2018
A movie that wobbles unsteadily between straight-faced action epic and winking self-mockery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 8, 2018
All those who like their summer movies as big as the Pacific and as dumb as a bucket of sand will appreciate "The Meg," a sometimes ridiculously entertaining, if forgettable, killer shark movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 8, 2018
There's very little to care about between appearances of the title creature.
August 8, 2018
Unlike his action-movie rival Johnson, Statham does not have the charisma to carry this film. He gets the job done all right, but makes it feel more like work than play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 8, 2018
The Meg, stolidly directed by Jon Turteltaub, winds up proving a fairly obvious theory about its chosen sub-genre: the more massive the shark (and the budget), the lighter the scares and the lower the stakes.
August 8, 2018
The Meg proves only that, at least cinematically speaking, great-white movies may have finally jumped the shark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 8, 2018
Not quite killer, but it's rare to see a 21st-century blockbuster having this much fun - right through to its sign-off - with its own premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 8, 2018
What is it about sharks that inspires such absurdity in plots?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 8, 2018
The Meg delivers exactly what its advertising campaign promises, with no unexpected surprises, pleasant or otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 8, 2018
Turteltaub's direction never suggests that it's motivated by anything except commercial and contractual considerations.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 8, 2018
Statham remains an appealing summer movie fixture, but sharks deserve better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 8, 2018
It's all good, goofy fun; make it an air-conditioned double feature with "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" and you might just have the very definition of "summer movies."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2018
"The Meg" doesn't seem to know how dumb it is.
August 8, 2018
Forgettably entertaining/entertainingly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 8, 2018
Ridiculous, cheesy popcorn fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 8, 2018
Whether you like The Meg depends on how much you like seeing Jason Statham in and out of a wetsuit, doing action-hero things. He's certainly good at it, and he's the best thing about the movie, not that the competition is particularly fierce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 8, 2018
Blandly internationalized, generically derivative, drained of any personality, edited as if by computer and bleached of the slightest hint of emotion... The Meg is a one hundred percent inorganic meal.
August 8, 2018
Comes on like it wants to be the mother of all deep-sea attack movies. But it's really just the mother of all generically pandering, totally unsurprising Jaws ripoffs.