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  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The submarine drama, which opens today, has everything you could want from an action thriller and a few other things you usually can't hope to expect: an excellent script, first-rate performances and a story that has more to do with individuals than explosions. show more

  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Nothing better than boys with really big toys. Especially when the boys are men like Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, top talents who duke it out among the nukes in the propulsively pulse-pounding undersea thriller Crimson Tide. [12May1995 Pg.01.D] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Oddly enough, Crimson Tide develops into an actors' picture, not just an action movie. There are a lot of special effects, high-tech gadgets and violent standoffs, yes, but the movie is really a battle between two wills. show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    Directed by Hollywood's slickest hack, Tony Scott ("Top Gun"), with a script doctored by Quentin Tarantino--you won't need sonar to spot his contributions. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Examiner

    It's too slick to be truly disturbing, but it's that slickness that keeps you on the edge of your chair. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It's a thrill-a-minute ride that concludes with a whimper, like a roller-coaster that has all the drops and twists early. Make no mistake, this is a good source of early summer fun, but with a little extra imagination, it could have been a whole lot more. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Nope, this picture doesn't bear thinking about, but, if you resist that nasty temptation, setting all your mental gauges at Dead Slow, the flow of the action will see you through. show more

  • 80

    Equipped with liberal helpings of square-jawed top quality Hollywood thespianism, and that expensive, highly commercial Tony Scott gloss-finish, this submarine-set mutiny thriller is about as good as it gets. show more

  • 67
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Go see it, get the adrenaline rush, and then go home and forget about it. It's noisy and fun, but that's all it is. show more

  • 91
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Directed by Tony Scott, Crimson Tide is the kind of sumptuously exciting undersea thriller that moves forward in quick, propulsive waves. show more

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