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The Towering Inferno Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 11, 2014
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 | Original Score: 6/10
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
January 15, 2013
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.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 3, 2012
The result is everything a disaster movie should be, a combination of soap opera and the spectacle of destruction.
Full Review | 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.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
February 3, 2012
Irwin Allen, the Busby Berkeley of natural disasters and other people's troubles, teams up with John Guillermin, a competent if undistinguished action director.
Emanuel Levy
March 30, 2011
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 | Original Score: B-
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 28, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Don Willmott
May 13, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Variety Staff
September 22, 2008
The Towering Inferno is one of the greatest disaster pictures made, a personal and professional triumph for producer Irwin Allen.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A starry cast share out roles that are less like characters than places in a lifeboat.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
May 8, 2006
Towering Inferno's glass-spangled erection burns with an uncontrollable lust for spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
April 28, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
November 10, 2004
Scared me as a kid. Bored me as an adult.
| Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 8, 2004
a camp classic disaster movie
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The Towering Inferno is a brawny blockbuster of a movie, by far the best of the mid-1970s wave of disaster films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Poland
Hot Button
July 26, 2002
for camp value only
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
The all-time classic disaster movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Collins
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Much more than a way to pass a rainy bank holiday afternoon, this is rocking good superleague disaster adventure...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
April 6, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
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