Oscar-winning cinematographer John Seale does a remarkable job in undoubtedly trying conditions while the special effects (...) are literally overwhelmingly effective.
...the storm, which roars on for most of the movie, still makes for one of the longest and hardest blasts of heart-pounding drama you'll have experienced for years.
...several scenes pack a powerful emotional wallop, and the downbeat conclusion is a bracing antidote to Hollywood's usual feel-good endings.
The film's best scenes are more or less without dialogue, except for desperately shouted words. They are about men trapped in a maelstrom of overpowering forces. They respond heroically, because they must...
...The Perfect Storm starts with a drizzle, dampened by cheesy subplots, but strap yourself in because this film rocks when the waves get rolling.