“Way higher than I thought it was gonna be”: Percy Jackson Early Reviews Have the Fans Hyped

Critics' reviews suggest that Percy Jackson and the Olympians will probably not end up like the movies

"Way higher than I thought it was gonna be": Percy Jackson Early Reviews Have the Fans Hyped

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  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians gets a great debut among critics with 95% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • The overwhelming positive reviews come as a surprise to many fans, especially after the disastrous movie adaptations.
  • Critics generally highlight the fact that the series remains true to Rick Riordan's books.
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Critics have now delivered their verdict on the upcoming Disney+ show, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Based on the books by Rick Riordan, the TV series is created by Riordan and Jonathan Steinberg. The first official reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, earning a 95% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. Fans are pleased with this verdict, especially considering the poorly made movies that had left many disappointed.

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Walker Scobell as the titular character in Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Walker Scobell as the titular character in Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Rick Riordan’s books previously received two movie adaptations featuring Logan Lerman as the titular character. The films faced harsh criticism for their poor adaptation of the source materials. A third movie, The Titan’s Curse, was initially planned but was eventually dropped.

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Fans Are Excited After Percy Jackson Gets Surprisingly Positive Early Reviews

Walker Scobell, Aryan Simhadri, and Leah Sava Jeffries in Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Walker Scobell, Aryan Simhadri, and Leah Sava Jeffries in Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Season 1 opened with a 95% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the Critics Consensus deeming it as a faithful adaptation of Rick Riordan’s novels. This comes as a huge surprise because the first two films received rotten scores (48% and 42%) on the website. Fans were truly excited as they could finally witness a proper on-screen adaptation of their favorite book series.

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They couldn’t contain their excitement, with one fan expressing on X that the scores exceeded their expectations. Some praised the series for its impressive debut, while others expressed anticipation for its official release on Disney+. One fan even noted that the series has the potential to become something like Harry Potter, given the young age of the cast.

Interestingly, the first Percy Jackson film was helmed by Harry Potter director Chris Columbus. Other fans also mentioned the poorly made movies and shared that the movies didn’t exactly set a high bar for the series. They believed that any attempts would be far better than the movies. Some fan reactions read:

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The series adapts the first book in the series, The Lightning Thief. Percy, the son of Poseidon, teams up with his satyr protector Grover and Athena’s daughter Annabeth to find Zeus’ Master Bolt and avoid a war between Gods. Walker Scobell, Aryan Simhadri, and Leah Sava Jeffries play the three main characters.

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Critics’ Reviews Of Percy Jackson And The Olympians

A scene from Percy Jackson and the Olympians
A scene from Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The critical reviews also mainly highlighted the fact that the series has largely done justice to the books. Chase Hutchinson for Collider stated that it finally felt like “Rick Riordan [took] his story back”. ScreenRant’s Mae Abdulbaki praises the talented cast of the series for delivering some convincing performances.

Jessica Parker Kennedy’s Medusa received a special mention from Abdulbaki, as well as from Mashable’s Belen Edwards. The Wrap commended the casting of Scobell in the lead, who authentically grounded the fantasy show. The Daily Beast also praised Scobell’s co-stars Simhadri and Jeffries, who were “equally delightful”.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians is set to premiere on Disney+ on December 20, 2023.

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