The Rock Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
May 27, 2014
If it's not the most awful thing I've ever seen, it's close enough to make me wince.
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.
May 27, 2014
The camera is always too close, and the editing extremely choppy, dizzyingly so.
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.
May 26, 2006
The movie, directed by sophomore Michael Bay (Bad Boys) is almost unwatchable.
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.
June 18, 2003
A huge, noisy mess.
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.
June 11, 2002
Even for adults, the movie's a violence-intoxicated, far-fetched, morally corrupt drama that sinks like a... you know.
June 5, 2002
Above Mission Impossible and Twister put together. But being better than two bloated, style-over-substance movies does not equal good.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
Ultimately, the movie deteriorates into a long commercial for the home-game version of itself.
January 1, 2000
[A] 2 1/4-hour exercise in overkill.
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.
January 1, 2000
The Rock has its moments, but ultimately overshoots the target.
January 1, 2000
Despite ample gunfights, chases and explosions, the tension in The Rock never translates into excitement for the audience.
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