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The Rock Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 16, 2014
The Rock is far from the worst movie that Bay's made, but given its roster of impressive performers and promising opening hour, it might just the ADD-afflicted filmmaker's most disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Kridler
Baltimore Sun
May 27, 2014
Connery and Cage are a compelling team and redeem the film from ruin despite the mechanical plot, an excessive body count and a miraculous recovery (you'll know it when you see it).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 27, 2014
There isn't a shot, scene or sequence in The Rock that doesn't move furiously, typically with colored lights flashing into our faces or onto those of the actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 27, 2014
The movie's best asset is the old-fashioned, buddy-movie interplay between Cage and Connery - Cage as the frantic, white-collar lab technician who doesn't like guns, Connery as the weathered, resourceful old pro.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
May 27, 2014
You might need to take Dramamine before entering a Michael Bay movie. The one-time music-video director has an annoying habit of finding the tightest shots, editing the heck out of them and scoring the works to loud music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 27, 2014
For action-adventure fans, it just doesn't get any better than The Rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 27, 2014
Since the plot is ridiculous, The Rock works best when it's most light-hearted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 27, 2014
If it's not the most awful thing I've ever seen, it's close enough to make me wince.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
May 27, 2014
Neither as cartoonish as Con Air, nor as sentimental as Armageddon, this most satisfying of blockbuster movies deserves further kudos for establishing Nicolas Cage as one of Hollywood's unlikeliest action heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

People Magazine
May 27, 2014
As relentlessly dumb and implausible as the Die Hard movies but even more entertaining, this loud and violent action film profits greatly from the galvanizing presence of Connery.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 27, 2014
The filmmakers got suckered by their own high-tech effects, turning a potentially clever entertainment into yet another barrage of violence, vulgarity, and excess.

Total Film
May 27, 2014
Makes up in one-liners for what it lacks in logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 27, 2014
The borrowings from other movies, going all the way back to the car chase in 1968's Bullitt, are heavy. But Bay has three leads to lend weight and dimension to characters who are hardly original and flatly written.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
May 27, 2014
San Francisco is awesomely beautiful, Connery is his traditionally comforting self and Cage is typically eccentric -- especially for an action hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rod Dreher
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 27, 2014
The camera is always too close, and the editing extremely choppy, dizzyingly so.
Alex Orner
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
An explosive, violent, mile-a-minute actioner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
The yarn has its share of gaping holes and jaw-dropping improbabilities, but director Michael Bay sweeps them all aside with his never-take-a-breath pacing.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
October 18, 2008
Michael Bay's saga about terrorists on Alcatraz Island doesn't have the technical wizardry of Twister or the overly complex plot of Mission: Impossible, but it does have explosive energy to burn.
| Original Score: 9/10
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 19, 2008
Slick, brutal and almost human, this is the team-spirit action movie Mission: Impossible should have been.

TV Guide
September 19, 2008
It's an action junkie's angry fix -- 130 minutes of sound and fury, signifying nothing but big bucks and boundless contempt for viewer intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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