The Rock Reviews

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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
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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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
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.

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
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.

Film4
September 19, 2008
Providing an endless stream of one-liners, which put in check any of the films pretensions towards seriousness, Connery brings life to an otherwise formulaic movie.
August 7, 2008
Un festival de démolition aussi grandiose que profondément immature
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Hewitt (UK)
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Entertaining action, nothing more nor less.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Fake countdown and knowing reactionary tone, but the best SF car chase to date.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 23, 2006
Extremely far-fetched, but undeniably exciting.
| Original Score: 7/10
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 6, 2005
A rousing action picture with generous dashes of humor, The Rock remains the much-maligned director's best film
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
It may not be an original, but it's certainly a good knock-off.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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