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The Towering Inferno Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Despite the best efforts of most of those involved, the film never takes off as more than just a remarkable collection of glossy violence.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

September 11, 2014
Pauline Kael
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

January 15, 2013

TV Guide's Movie Guide

The result is everything a disaster movie should be, a combination of soap opera and the spectacle of destruction.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2012


Ironically, there's now something almost comforting about the way the film sticks to formula, but the action is still authentically thrilling.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 3, 2012
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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Irwin Allen, the Busby Berkeley of natural disasters and other people's troubles, teams up with John Guillermin, a competent if undistinguished action director.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 3, 2012
Emanuel Levy

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.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

March 30, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

July 28, 2009
Don Willmott

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 13, 2009
Variety Staff
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The Towering Inferno is one of the greatest disaster pictures made, a personal and professional triumph for producer Irwin Allen.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 22, 2008
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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A starry cast share out roles that are less like characters than places in a lifeboat.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Towering Inferno's glass-spangled erection burns with an uncontrollable lust for spectacle.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

May 8, 2006
Scott Weinberg

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

April 28, 2006
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 9, 2005
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Scared me as a kid. Bored me as an adult.

| Original Score: 2/5

November 10, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

a camp classic disaster movie

| Original Score: 4/5

November 8, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The Towering Inferno is a brawny blockbuster of a movie, by far the best of the mid-1970s wave of disaster films.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 23, 2004
David Poland
Hot Button

for camp value only

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002

The all-time classic disaster movie.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000
Andrew Collins
Empire Magazine

Much more than a way to pass a rainy bank holiday afternoon, this is rocking good superleague disaster adventure...

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 3/5

April 6, 2008
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