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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 20
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    How the hell did Ben Affleck, 29, wind up replacing Harrison Ford, 59, as our hero? Who's next as Ryan -- Ozzy Osbourne's guppy son, Jack? Chronology hasn't been this royally fucked with since Memento. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Yet there's no getting around one awkward fact. The picture, which turns on a cataclysmic act of terrorism within U.S. borders, was made for a different audience from the one that's about to see it. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Mediocre terrorist melodrama turned even punier by real-life events, and that's before we scratch our heads at its lead-actor choice. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The last thing we need is entertainment that evokes the horror and then trivializes it with cheesy heroics. Never has a movie taken on a subject of greater immediacy, or handled it more ineptly. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Fortunately, even when star and story are ineffectual, Fears' supporting players are all thrilling, especially Morgan Freeman. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A popcorn movie with a protein center, satisfying neither taste. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Director Phil Alden Robinson and his writers, Paul Attanasio and Daniel Pyne, do a spellbinding job of cranking up the tension, they create a portrait of convincing realism, and then they add the other stuff because, well, if anybody ever makes a movie like this without the obligatory Hollywood softeners, audiences might flee the theater in despair. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Impossible to watch passively. It may be a work of pure fiction, with the requisite preposterous plot turns, but it still has the air of a ''what if?'' scenario, and it is perfectly, thoroughly chilling. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The movie does what all good thrillers should do -- provide enough shocks and surprises to keep us guessing, and never lets up on the suspense until the end credits arrive. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    A middlebrow hybrid that should satisfy most fans of spy movies without blowing them away. show more

  • January 17, 2014 Richard
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    this movie was excellent 5 stars

  • April 09, 2010 Emswan2004
    Report This User

    Never mind the rest of this movie, the bomb explosion scene alone was silly enough. THAT was supposed to be a Nuclear Bomb?! NOT. If you really want to see what a real nuclear bomb can do, watch actual footage from nuclear tests in the 1950's! ANd those were small in comparison to the power of today's bombs. This movie scene wasn't even up to the destruction caused by the WWII atomic bombs dropped over Japan! I've noticed a trend in movies since the 1990's wherein they considerably downplay the horrific destructive power of atomic and nuclear warheads. Sheeeezzzzzz

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