(1997)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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100
Entertainment Weekly
Harrison Ford as the President of the United States is such a perfect piece of casting that it's at once a fantasy and a joke: The joke is how perfect the fantasy is. [25 Jul 1997, p. 48]
100
Dares to present a flat-out heroic president, without the safety net of irony. It succeeds.
88
Director Wolfgang Petersen puts such a fresh spin on the familiar that it all works like gangbusters.
80
Empire
Fulfils all its early promise, delivering a well oiled, no-nonsense, supremely entertaining crowd pleaser.
75
USA Today
Viscerally juicy....The movie is effectively cast. [25 July 1997, p.D2]
75
Think of this as "Die Hard" in a suit, with an election coming up.
63
Chicago Sun-Times
A fairly competent recycling of familiar ingredients, given an additional interest because of Harrison Ford's personal appeal.
63
ReelViews
Petersen ratchets the tension up to a level where the viewer is likely to forget the imbecilic plot contrivances that have gotten the situation to this point, and just enjoy the action and adventure.
50
Christian Science Monitor
The movie wastes a good opportunity to look at important questions, such as who's responsible for American policy when the president is busy killing terrorists.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The film's biggest flaw -- aside from the lapses of credibility, which are almost obligatory in escapist summer movies -- is that it flies on and on until its power to hold us simply peters out.
50
Trapped uncomfortably between its higher aspirations and the demands of genre, this picture never quite gets its bearings, but it's still a solid ride.

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