the first 10 minutes:
Moria says it's a Mad Max clone, saying, "Waterworld is not a bad film by any means – it’s just that one can’t help but feel it should have been more than it is." 1000 Misspent Hours is pleasantly surprised:
Waterworld isn’t half bad. In fact, if you’re willing to set aside the expectation that budget should be commensurate with importance, and accept that this movie was never going to be anything more than Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome on the high seas, then Waterworld starts looking like a commendable attempt to put some of the fun back into “We Have Seen the Future— and It Sucks!” by rescuing it from both the played out desert settings of the previous decade and the increasingly dreary stranglehold of the cyberpunk school that was ascendant in the mid-90’s.Roger Ebert describes it as "a decent futuristic action picture with some great sets, some intriguing ideas, and a few images that will stay with me." The New York Times has nothing good to say. Variety says, ""Waterworld" is a not-bad futuristic actioner with three or four astounding sequences, an unusual hero, a nifty villain and less mythic and romantic resonance than might be desired."