Rising Sun Reviews

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
December 23, 2004
A 1980s style film adaptation of a Michael Crichton novel.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The screenplay by Kaufman, Crichton and Michael Backes is not about much of anything important.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
There are a few too many plot holes and logical errors. Rising Sun may be solidly-paced, but not all aspects of the production are as successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
May 13, 2007
Snipes at his coolest still can't save this xenophobic piece of studio flotsam.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
April 9, 2008
When working in genre territory before, the idiosyncratic Kaufman has shown a marked tendency to debunk or subvert conventions. Playing it straight here, he brings little to the table.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
For all the gloss and high-tech hardware, the mystery just fails to be intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: high 0 out of -4..+4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Wildly improbable (read: typical Crichton) tale about a murder in a Japanese office building.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Kaufman's PC adaptation falls awkwardly between the conventions of the Hollywood conspiracy thriller and something intended as more artily significant.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 15, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
A slick yet pedestrian thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
November 5, 2008
It would be nice to see Connery doing something intrinsically interesting instead of trying to make something inherently dull entertaining. And it would be good to see Snipes cut loose more than he is able to here.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 23, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
A typical over-blown Hollywood production.
Full Review | Original Score: 52/100
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Where the movie really stumbles is with co-writer/director Philip Kaufman's attempts to make it a conventional mystery-thriller. Kaufman simply doesn't have the slightest notion of how to make a conventional film of any kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It directs attention not to the internal reasons for America's economic problems, but to inscrutable, generalized, unknown others from abroad, whose yellow skins and strange manners announce their evil purposes as much as their unfair trade practices.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 4, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
December 28, 2004
The film disappoints, but Snipes and Connery don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
April 9, 2008
What should have been a tense political thrilling blockbuster, ends up a wasted effort with a limp storyline that once again fails to give the book justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
October 18, 2008
As the plot grows more intricate, strangely the tension dissipates, until finally the movie just seems to run out of breath.
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