Crimson Tide Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 24, 2013
As good a thriller as 1995 produced, keeping things as simple and direct as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
War Games in the water; older teens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
Tony Scott is a deft hand with these Bruckheimer/Simpson productions and provides the perfect vision for their big budget fodder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
This is a boy's movie all the way.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 9, 2008
A big, bold Hollywood movie that won't be winning any awards for subtlety but can't be denied its popcorn appeal. [Blu-Ray review]
| Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The screenplay may be credited to Michael Schiffer, but the punchy dialogue has Quentin Tarantino written all over it. The cast has a ball.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 8, 2006
I don't know what the full Naval procedure is to launch nuclear weapons, but I hope to God it's more structured and fail-safe than what we see in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
May 30, 2006
A riveting, high-testosterone nail-biter.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 18, 2006
...the thrills remain authentic, even though we know exactly how the plot is going to turn out.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Scott Weinberg
May 14, 2006
Considerably more intelligent than most of Jerry Bruckheimer's productions -- and Hackman's just awesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin A. Ranson
November 10, 2004
If this film is based on real events, we're all doomed.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 29, 2004
Quentin Tarantino contributes some priceless dialogue, but the wearying pattern of mutinies and counter-mutinies ultimately sinks it.
| Original Score: 2/5
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
February 25, 2004
Great tension between the leads.
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
January 13, 2004
What the film lacks in slam-bang action it more than makes up for in sheer suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 25, 2003
It's great to see a high-tech thriller that thrills because of its actors, not its special effects.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Isn't there something awfully satisfying about the throbbing missiles and cathartic explosions that constitute this film's main excitement? Maybe so, but nothing else here delivers a comparable thrill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
The ending of the film is a bit of a letdown, but the balance of the film is both thought-provoking and suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 30, 2002
Post-Cold War thriller set aboard a Trident ballistic nuclear submarine.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Crimson Tide has everything you could want from an action thriller and a few other things you usually can't hope to expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Nope, this picture doesn't bear thinking about, but, if you resist that nasty temptation, setting all your mental gauges at Dead Slow, the flow of the action will see you through.
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