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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.
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.
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.
Charlotte Observer
A middlebrow hybrid that should satisfy most fans of spy movies without blowing them away.
Entertainment Weekly
A world-detonation thriller, at once urgent and lazy, that benefits from its connection to current events and also, by the end, suffers from it.
New York Daily News
A popcorn movie with a protein center, satisfying neither taste.
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.
Mediocre terrorist melodrama turned even punier by real-life events, and that's before we scratch our heads at its lead-actor choice.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Fortunately, even when star and story are ineffectual, Fears' supporting players are all thrilling, especially Morgan Freeman.
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.
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.

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