(1996)

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Metascore

Based on 24 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
A first-rate, slam-bang action thriller with a lot of style and no little humor.
88
Rolling Stone
It's a popcorn-movie deluxe.
78
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.
75
ReelViews
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.
75
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.
75
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.
70
Chicago Reader
High-octane nonsense but gives both the actors and the audience all that's needed to make this diverting--car chases, wisecracks, narrow escapes, explosions.
50
Slick and forceful, largely unconcerned with character, eager for any opportunity to pump up the volume both literally and metaphorically, The Rock is the kind of efficient entertainment that is hard to take pleasure in.
40
A violence-intoxicated, far-fetched, morally corrupt drama.
30
If, at odd moments, The Rock is better than tolerable, it is usually because of its stars.

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