The Blue Lagoon (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Blue Lagoon (1980)



Critic Consensus: A piece of lovely dreck, The Blue Lagoon is a naughty fantasy that's also too chaste to be truly entertaining.

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In this 1980 version of the oft-filmed Henry Devere Stackpoole novel, the basic story remains unchanged. Two very small children, a boy and a girl, are shipwrecked on a lush tropical island. When they grow into teen-hood, they also fall madly in love.

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Leo McKern
as Paddy Button
William Daniels
as Arthur LeStragne
Elva Josephson
as Young Emmeline
Glenn Kohan
as Young Richard
Chad Timmerrnans
as Infant Sailor
Alan Hopgood
as Captain
Gus Mercurio
as Officer
Bradley Pryce
as Little Paddy
Chad Timmermans
as Infant Paddy
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Critic Reviews for The Blue Lagoon

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (8)

The Blue Lagoon is closer to Robinson Crusoe Goes Club Med than to its original source. It's a fantasy island conceived at poolside in Beverly Hills and executed by tourists to the Fiji Islands. Shallow water, indeed.

April 28, 2018 | Full Review…

There have come to be certain conventions of the genre, and it's an annoyance that The Blue Lagoon keeps violating them.

February 6, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Blue Lagoon" is a plump sitting duck, waiting to be roasted by sarcastic spectators.

October 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Their romance is enhanced by Nestor Almendros' exquisite photography (and Basil Poledouris' score), as is the stunning beauty of the Fiji island where it was filmed.

July 22, 2008 | Full Review…

The only thing blue about the movie is the sea, and the way you'll feel after wasting your time on this dose of 'tasteful', TV commercial-style, nudity.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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The Blue Lagoon is the dumbest movie of the year.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Blue Lagoon

I think I loved more the concept of than what actually happened in the film, but it's a good effort and interesting to watch.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

This movie is cute and sweet for the most part, but has a bunch of holes in the story. For one thing, there's a group of native islanders on the other side of the island they're marooned on and they never even notice the two kids? Also, they have a boat, why don't they just fill it with food and stuff and try to make it back to civilization? Plus, I hated the end. The movie is okay, and Atkins is cute, so it's not too bad, but it's not a good movie either.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins star as two children shipwrecked alone on a tropical island..

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