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Based on 17 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Even when it's hard to follow, it looks good. The undersea action is visually convincing, and Ramius' submarine, with all its rooms and compartments, is always believable. The moonlit photography in the picture's final scene is stunning. [2 Mar 1990, Daily Datebook, p.E1] show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Hunt is coldly clinical rather than emotionally resonant; so is the measured ensemble work of a super cast. [2 Mar 1990, Life, p.1D] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A skillful, efficient film that involves us in the clever and deceptive game being played by Ramius and in the best efforts of those on both sides to figure out what he plans to do with his submarine - and how he plans to do it. show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    An idealized, dreamy fantasy of life in the business world-harmless as airplane reading, a bit dull on the big screen. [2 Mar 1990, Friday, p.C] show more

  • 25
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Like the nuclear sub it's named after, the picture is big, shiny, and expensive. It's also cold, hard, and cumbersome, and lacking the barest hint of emotional or psychological depth. [9 Mar 1990, Arts, p.10] show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    A heavy-duty mediocrity, sluggish, unwieldy, and instantly forgettable. show more

  • 40

    Director John McTiernan rigorously avoids anything that might conceivably be exciting. show more

  • 89
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    This Tom Clancy thriller gets the proper screen treatment here with this first-rate cast and direction by one of the genre’s best: Die Hard director John McTiernan. show more

  • 75
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Colorful and exciting, yet unless you're a young moviegoer, nothing in it takes you by complete surprise. (It's less a nail-biter than a chin-stroker.) show more

  • 90

    The Industrial Light & Magic special visual effects unit does yeoman work in staging the action with cliffhanger intensity. show more

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