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The Rock Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The movie, directed by sophomore Michael Bay (Bad Boys) is almost unwatchable.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 18, 2003
A huge, noisy mess.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Despite ample gunfights, chases and explosions, the tension in The Rock never translates into excitement for the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
[A] 2 1/4-hour exercise in overkill.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 11, 2002
Even for adults, the movie's a violence-intoxicated, far-fetched, morally corrupt drama that sinks like a... you know.
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
The movie's extreme violence, exhausting action and macho posturing make it an unlikely ticket choice for women and unsuitable for children.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Dragan Antulov
January 20, 2003
Connery was very good in this role, and his presence is the reason why The Rock doesn't suck as bad as it could have.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
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.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
When film more or less took over melodrama from the theater ninety years ago, it proudly provided real oceans instead of canvas waves rippled by stagehands; but the plots remained humbug ... The Rock is as ridiculous an example as one could want.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Ultimately, the movie deteriorates into a long commercial for the home-game version of itself.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
The Rock has its moments, but ultimately overshoots the target.
| Original Score: 65/100
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Flabby and trite.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
By the time Cage says, late in the film, 'OK, that's just about the most awful thing I've ever seen,' the audience should be ready to agree.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Slick and forceful, largely unconcerned with character, eager for any opportunity to pump up the volume both literally and metaphorically, The Rock is the kind of efficient entertainment that is hard to take pleasure in.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
From a helicopter's point-of-view, The Rock is just typical big American dumb fun. It's only when you look underneath at the film's underlying assumptions that you want to recoil.
| Original Score: 2/4
Susan Lambert
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Above Mission Impossible and Twister put together. But being better than two bloated, style-over-substance movies does not equal good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rod Dreher
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 27, 2014
The camera is always too close, and the editing extremely choppy, dizzyingly so.
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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
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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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