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Based on 24 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A violence-intoxicated, far-fetched, morally corrupt drama.
If, at odd moments, The Rock is better than tolerable, it is usually because of its stars.
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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