Firewall Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
Harrison Ford is outshone by his costars in this crisp, conventional thriller.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Its formulaic moves seem particuarly tired.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
The movie gets a lift from Mary Lynn Rajskub in a glamorized version of her nerd's wet dream Chloe on 24, which is also better this year with the Chloe quotient pumped up.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 16, 2006
You've seen this movie a dozen times.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 16, 2006
This is one of the dopiest plans in the history of evil genius plans.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 15, 2006
Firewall is barely worth seeing, despite its above-average cast.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 11, 2006
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 10, 2006
As we watch Ford reprise his trademark mannerisms, we no longer enjoy the ring of familiarity. We just hear the tolling of a bell -- Ford's.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 10, 2006
Firewall is the flaming arrow of truth that Harrison Ford is fully in the throes of what worried scientists are calling the De Niro Syndrome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
February 10, 2006
Ford is definitely hacking his way through something in Firewall, but it's not a computer.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 10, 2006
[A] tense but too often preposterous thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 10, 2006
It's a tricky thing, but an ideal thriller enables an audience to enjoy watching characters suffer. Here, that's difficult.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 10, 2006
It's not long before the timely issue of identity theft takes a backseat to old-fashioned Hollywood villainy, unnecessary (and nonsensical) red herrings, and stuff that doesn't make sense.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 10, 2006
Thrillers aren't just about action and surprises, they're about fear and fury. And for a film with fire in the title, you expect a lot more heat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 10, 2006
Those who don't spend enough time watching computer screens at work, however, can see more of them in Firewall, starring grumpy Harrison Ford as the head of digital security for a mid-sized Seattle bank.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 10, 2006
Expect the predictable series of attempted double crosses, frame-ups and escape attempts that will be wearyingly familiar to anyone whose seen last year's Hostage.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 10, 2006
For every movie based on a clever screenplay that takes years to get made, there are a dozen like the formula hostage thriller Firewall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 10, 2006
For all its fleeting touches of color, Firewall's main players are stranded in template land.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
February 10, 2006
If you're in the mood for a thriller, Firewall will suffice -- barely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 10, 2006
This film is so formulaic, so thoroughly what you'd expect that by the time you're done watching it you feel like you've just seen it for the second time.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 10, 2006
The plot of Firewall is about as complex as a game of Pong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 10, 2006
A generally uninspired script strains when it's time to wrap things up.
| Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 10, 2006
Firewall gives us little reason to bestow deeper meaning on what is essentially a pre-owned Ford vehicle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 10, 2006
There are other plot holes (four days indoors and the dog doesn't have to go?) but, dispiritingly, Firewall is one of those movies where every detail in the first act is designed to pay off by the third.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 9, 2006
What we essentially have here is an old-fashioned, not always convincing B picture with A-list stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 9, 2006
Harrison Ford needs a better agent. Or a sharper pair of reading glasses for perusing scripts. He just seems to keep choosing the same tired heroic roles, and ends up coming across as a caricature of his younger self.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 9, 2006
Director Richard Loncraine and screenwriter Joe Forte run out of ideas. So they turn to the action-movie mainstays -- guns, fisticuffs and explosions -- in an over-the-top showdown that tries to make up in mayhem what it lacks in credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Becker
Dallas Morning News
February 9, 2006
Do Clear and Present Danger or Air Force One ring a bell? If not, get thee to Blockbuster, as those films follow a similar outline to greater effect than does Firewall.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 9, 2006
An efficient time-passer at least until the plot starts obsessing over the fate of the family dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 9, 2006
As a techno-thriller, Firewall fails to surmount the obstacle that plagues such films: How do you make tapping at a computer interesting?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 9, 2006
Firewall, a thrill-challenged thriller starring Harrison Ford, manages to entertain mildly only because it gives moviegoers ample opportunity to test their action-movie I.Q.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 9, 2006
Firewall is an ingenious attempt to update an old plot with new technology, and it is made with competence, skillful acting, and the ability to make us feel cleverer about digital stuff than we really are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 9, 2006
Filmmakers who want to make new-style scare-fests should not be thinking old style.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
February 9, 2006
Instead of dramatic tension, Firewall makes do with a lot of frantic typing at computer keyboards. It's like watching Microsoft's Service Pack 2 download for nearly two hours.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 9, 2006
Director Richard Loncraine and writer Joe Forte inject fatty layers of false leads, techno-babble and dull-witted tension into what is essentially a generic hostage machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 9, 2006
Firewall is one of those mildly entertaining family hostage movies with Harrison Ford as, of course, the good guy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
February 9, 2006
Had Loncraine done a better job of plundering his own oeuvre, Firewall might have acquired the mojo it so sorely lacks.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 8, 2006
It kept me alert, terrified and royally entertained.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 8, 2006
If you feel like you've seen it before, it's because you have -- action heroes beating the crap out of people in the pious name of protecting their loved ones.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
February 7, 2006
As for Ford, autumn is upon him.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 7, 2006
Firewall is flawed, but that didn't prevent me from enjoying it for what it is, nor will that prevent me from recommending it to those who enjoy a thriller with enough of the right ingredients to provide a couple hours of escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 6, 2006
A passable distraction. Nothing more.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Brian Lowry
Variety
February 6, 2006
Beyond Paul Bettany's suave villain, there's not much to distinguish what amounts to an old-fashioned "B" picture, except perhaps its unusually overwrought score.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 3, 2006
Both dutifully formulaic and brazen in its willingness exploit in-jeopardy elements just short of the horror-film threshold, such barriers might prevent audiences from savoring an otherwise old-fashioned thriller.