Olympus Has Fallen Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
April 20, 2013
As bystanders get mown down, the Washington monument topples and the Stars and Stripes is shredded, the onslaught delivers a real taboo-busting frisson... the sequence would pack an even bigger punch if the CGI special effects weren't quite so cheesy.
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
April 20, 2013
Having stayed up much of the night to watch the hunt for, and ultimate take down, of Suspect 2 in the Marathon Bombings, it was particularly distressing to watch this vile abomination of a movie whose "relevance" only adds to its dishonor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
April 19, 2013
Whether Hollywood is right to keep prodding North Korea simply because it's not a valuable trading partner, only time will tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
April 19, 2013
Antoine Fuqua is a dependable action director whose talents will never be maximised while the 1980s continue to be over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
April 19, 2013
As this massive blockbuster thriller progresses, it's impossible not to become amused by how ridiculous its script becomes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Sexton
This is London
April 19, 2013
Reactionary fantasy, then - but what else are action films for?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
April 18, 2013
Some will find it ridiculously entertaining. I found it entertainingly ridiculous. Either way, it's a guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
April 18, 2013
Olympus Has Fallen may be pure Hollywood hokum but it remains tense, exciting and credible enough right through to the suspenseful climax, even if the dialogue is laughable at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Buckle
The Skinny
April 18, 2013
A movie that looks like a Die Hard film, feels (sporadically) like a Die Hard film, but lacks the wit and coiled adrenaline that made that series' debut a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dominic Corry
Flicks.co.nz
April 18, 2013
Has more bloody on-screen deaths than any action film in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
April 18, 2013
Butler hardly knocks it out of the park, but he steals the film. And what a film...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 18, 2013
You wonder exactly when and how Butler became today's accepted go-to action hero - and can something officially be done about it?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
April 18, 2013
It rattles along with no little vim, and there is one excellent joke about the difficulty of finding a computer's hash key when time is tight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 18, 2013
A no-stereotypes-barred, red-scare disaster movie of the sort Jerry "Airplane!" Zucker might write after a head injury.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Seymour
The List
April 18, 2013
It's derivative, it's cheesy, it's fantastically unconvincing, its patriotism unabashed, its politics reductive, its morals binary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 18, 2013
A charmless and occasionally laughably bad thriller that's let down by a trite script and a charmless lead performance from Gerard Butler.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Guy Lodge
Time Out
April 17, 2013
The thrills and the effects are cheap, but this is in hard-driving, good-humoured command of its own silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 17, 2013
A gung-ho flag waver that would give even the most ardent American neocon repetitive strain injury.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Damon Smith
Birmingham Post
April 17, 2013
Fuqua lights the fuse on the summer blockbuster season with an almighty, ground-shaking bang.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
April 17, 2013
I was concerned by the stupidity of almost every character within the film. If this is how their real life counterparts would act, we're all doomed.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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