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Patriot Games (1992)



Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 6

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In Patriot Games, Harrison Ford plays former CIA agent Jack Ryan, taking over from Alec Baldwin, who had played author Tom Clancy's brainy protagonist in Hunt for Red October. This time around, Ryan foils an attempted assassination, thereby incurring the wrath of a maniacal Irish radical (Sean Bean). After seemingly neutralizing the villains, and deciding to celebrate the occasion with his wife (Anne Archer) and daughter (Thora Birch), everything appears to be back to normal; then all hell

Dec 15, 1998

Paramount Pictures

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The movie kills most of the fun by watering down Clancy.

May 12, 2001
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Director Phillip Noyce, who made the gripping thriller Dead Calm, has earned his directorial hack license here.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The film holds too few surprises to sustain our interest. All too often, we're ahead of the game.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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I expected this one to be a little more cerebral and without the Indiana Jones ending.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Spy thriller mixes nonstop violence with pro-family message.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's Ford and Patriot Games that made Jack Ryan a top-notch action hero and not just a capable CIA nerd.

January 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

As straightforward a spy thriller as you're likely to find, Patriot Games is a solid early '90s actioner which is elevated by the presence of Harrison Ford.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Although it simplifies global conflict to make a swift impression, the intrigue maintains a pop and the inner fires still burn bright. Baldwin is missed, yet Ford finds his place in the franchise quickly and efficiently.

June 4, 2012 Full Review Source:

Ford gives one of his most commanding performances outside of a Lucas production, establishing an action formula Ford would repeat...[Blu-Ray]

August 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

The film's dominant motif is that of revenge. In a key scene, the wife tells her husband (Harrison Ford): You get him. I don't care what you have to do, just get him." From that point on, the film becomes the story of a nuclear family in imminent danger.

October 7, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Not bad. Pretty intense ending.

April 9, 2004
Juicy Cerebellum

É sempre bom ver um filme de ação que se preocupa em desenvolver seus personagens.

March 9, 2004
Cinema em Cena

It ain't exactly saving the world, but Patriot Games's earnestness belies its ultimate simplicity and smallness.

April 29, 2003 Full Review Source:

Great Tom Clancy adaptation

February 19, 2003
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)

Enjoyable thriller that has Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) going head to head with terrorists.

January 10, 2003

It moves along at a speedy clip, though it substitutes sadism for such niceties as wit and style.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline

An enjoyable, tense and sometimes stylish action film, but lacks the depth of characterization and technical proficiency that made Hunt a superior work.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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Audience Reviews for Patriot Games

Of all the Tom Clancy adaptations, Patriot Games has got to be one of my personal favorites. The films story, for me has to be the best idea that Clancy had written on paper. The IRA seeks to assassinate a member of the Royal Family, and Jack Ryan stops the assassination attempt and in the midst kills the brother of the leader of the hit squad, Sean Miller. Sean Miller will stop at nothing to kill Jack Ryan and his family, and once he has broken out of police custody, he sets out to do just that. Patriot Games is a a solid, pulse pounding action thriller that doesn't seem too out of style. Sure looking back now, we can see that the political atmosphere has changed drastically, and that the IRA isn't really what it used to be. Despite the fact that times have changed, and the worlds focus is elsewhere, and I say this because when this film was released, the IRA were at the top of their game and still a threat to Britain. Getting back to the film, This is a top notch film that Clancy fans will relish and surely enjoy. Sean Bean's portrayal of the villain Sean Miller is terrifying, and diabolical, and for me, its one of his best performances of his career. Bean always knows how to play a villain well, and Patriot Games proves it. Patriot Games is a solid film that still holds up to this day. This is a film that very thrilling and action packed and remains one of the best adaptations of a Tom Clancy Novel. A good story, good acting and non stop thrills makes this essential viewing for Tom Clancy fans.
April 9, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Harrison Ford's first Jack Ryan movie is a convincing action thriller. While some parts feel a bit simplified, probably even more so when compared to the novel, the film still flows perfectly and has you on the edge of your seat, especially during the really exciting showdown. One might say with a cast of names like this nothing can go wrong but the good direction should get its credits as well. Also: There's just something really satisfying about seeing Harrison Ford all pissed and ready to strike back in bloody revenge.
March 10, 2011

Super Reviewer

Having recently seen Salt, by director Phillip Noyce, I became curious to find out what other movies he's made. So I did what I always do when in need of such info: I turned to IMDB. It was then that I stumbled upon this film. A thriller not unfamiliar to me, but one I've (for some reason or another) neglected until now. At any rate, there's a lot to like about the cast in this film. Not only does it star one of my all-time favourite actors, Harrison Ford, but it also includes a superb Sean Bean, and great supporting roles by actors like James Earl Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. That in hand with some riveting drama bits and suspenseful action scenes, makes this into (to use a military metaphor) another medal on Phillip Noyce's uniform. Maybe not a golden one, but shiny nevertheless.
August 25, 2010
Mike S

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I thought I had seen this. But I hadn't. But now I have. How do I feel about that? Pretty neutral. I still think Alec Baldwin was the best Jack Ryan. I have a hard time thinking of Harrison as anyone other than the president (when he's being part of the American government, that is. He can still be Han or Indy, of course.)
April 9, 2010

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