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Based on 18 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
A first-rate, slam-bang action thriller with a lot of style and no little humor.
It's a popcorn-movie deluxe.
The Guy Movie to end all Guy Movies, a ridiculously overblown summer testosterone blowout right down to the Wagnerian strains of the soundtrack and its stunningly high body count. It's also a hell of a lot of fun.
A raucous, in-your-face, commando-style action thriller that makes provocative use of Alcatraz as a lunatic's lair and San Francisco as a sitting duck.
Bay has two great assets in Connery and Cage. The special effects give The Rock a James Bondian feel so Connery's wry, world-weary devil-may-careishness looks right at home here.
Although not as expertly-crafted as "Die Hard" or "Speed," The Rock is exhausting in its own right -- and that's just one of several convincing reasons to see this film.
Entertainment Weekly
Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage inject tasty bits of personality into their roles.
USA Today
Buried under an avalanche of action. (1996 June 7, pg. D1)
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The Rock is just typical big American dumb fun.
It's an action junkie's angry fix -- 130 minutes of sound and fury, signifying nothing but big bucks and boundless contempt for viewer intelligence.
Christian Science Monitor
Can a mild-mannered toxicologist and an eccentric Alcatraz veteran stop him before it's too late? Learning the answer means sitting through more than two hours of violence, vulgarity, and all-around excess, served up with high-tech trimmings by director Michael Bay.

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