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San Francisco Chronicle
There may be better examples of cinematic art in 2013, but for a good time at the movies, it's hard to imagine anything beating this action extravaganza, from director Roland Emmerich, about a very Obama-like president.
You couldn't ask for a more fun summer popcorn movie than White House Down.
White House Down is still too gun-happy, and too long, but however you feel about the Oval Office, our country, or some of the movie's jingoism, young Emily is worth rescuing.
White House Down is a hoot and a half, a shameless popcorn entertainment that is preposterous and diverting in just about equal measure.
An action thriller that doesn't know when to quit. For the most part, though, it remains preposterously entertaining.
White House Down is amply endowed with enough tension, humor, and calamitous action to ensure it a solid berth in the summer box-office sweepstakes. Channing Tatum comes into his own as a leading man in this picture, proving himself as a beefy yet agile action star and not just the pure beefcake of "Magic Mike."
Skip it, and you'll be depriving yourself of one of the summer's most satisfyingly stupid pleasures.
At best, White House Down is a sure-fire way to kill two hours, if not countless brain cells.
While director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) piles on outlandish scenarios, the chemistry of the lead actors mitigates the contrived setup and numbing explosions.
Intentionally or not, Roland Emmerich's White House Down is the comedy hit of the summer. No other film equals its comic sophistication. Each nutty scenario is surpassed by the next, ludicrous story lines coalesce with expert orchestration, and absurd details return with perfect timing to build to a crescendo of hilarity.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A buddy comedy disguised as a political thriller. It's full of malarkey, but as a campaign of shock and awe, it's hard to resist.
White House Down is a corker, real competition for “Fast & Furious 6? as the dumbest fun you'll have at the movies this summer.
The main flaw of White House Down is that it overstays its welcome, thanks in large part to a silly climax that seems to unfold in three laborious acts. At least, Tatum keeps his shirt off.
Perhaps afraid that watching a symbol of liberty repeatedly go boom isn't enough, Emmerich and screenwriter James Vanderbilt add family drama, an attack on Congress, a plane crash and the possible nuking of the Middle East. What isn't tonally jarring ends up shatteringly inept.
Wall Street Journal
Mr. Emmerich, who has often conjured with cosmic themes, sometimes wittily, achieves something new this time around - a level of indifference to the genre and its fans that amounts to a cosmic shrug. What does it matter if the absurdity is slovenly, the whimsy leaden, the extravagance squalid?
The poster for this movie should read: Hello, Suckers!
What played as rousingly dumb fun in "Independence Day" (1996) - all those pie-eyed nationalistic monologues, and U.S. landmarks reduced to rubble - now come off as callously insensitive, even with tongue firmly in cheek.

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