Despite the best efforts of most of those involved, the film never takes off as more than just a remarkable collection of glossy violence.
| Original Score: 6/10
The movie doesn't stick together in one's head; this thing is like some junky fairground show -- a chamber of horrors with skeletons that jump up.
The result is everything a disaster movie should be, a combination of soap opera and the spectacle of destruction.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ironically, there's now something almost comforting about the way the film sticks to formula, but the action is still authentically thrilling.
Irwin Allen, the Busby Berkeley of natural disasters and other people's troubles, teams up with John Guillermin, a competent if undistinguished action director.
Featuring an all-star cast (Paul Newman, Steve McQueen), the movie delivers the goods of a well-crafted disaster flick, but strangely, it was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.
| Original Score: B-
A Titanic tale of hubris...knot-in-the-stomach scary from the moment the fire gets out of control to the last-ditch heroics that come hours later. [Blu-ray]
break out the popcorn, sit back, and enjoy a galaxy of stars picking up their fat paychecks and having a great time. They absolutely don't make 'em like this anymore
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The Towering Inferno is one of the greatest disaster pictures made, a personal and professional triumph for producer Irwin Allen.
A starry cast share out roles that are less like characters than places in a lifeboat.
Towering Inferno's glass-spangled erection burns with an uncontrollable lust for spectacle.
For pure disaster-time spectacle, the short list begins (and basically ends) with Poseidon and Inferno. They're time-capsule genre classics that just never get old.
| Original Score: 4/5
You may not come out of the theater with any important ideas about American architecture or enterprise, but you will have had a vivid, completely safe nightmare.
Scared me as a kid. Bored me as an adult.
| Original Score: 2/5
a camp classic disaster movie
| Original Score: 4/5
The Towering Inferno is a brawny blockbuster of a movie, by far the best of the mid-1970s wave of disaster films.
for camp value only
The all-time classic disaster movie.
| Original Score: 5/5
Much more than a way to pass a rainy bank holiday afternoon, this is rocking good superleague disaster adventure...
| Original Score: 3/5