The Siege Reviews

September 7, 2011
Top Critic
October 10, 2002
May 11, 2001
It's difficult to sustain a responsible subtext when you're delivering the jolts required to keep butts in the seats.
February 14, 2001
Even at its most unbelievable, The Siege has the performances of Washington and Bening to fall back on, and a theme that understands that what's difficult is not choosing right from wrong but 'choosing the wrong that's more right.'
January 1, 2000
The script is too muddled to be remedied by vigorous filmmaking.
January 1, 2000
Just about distinguishable from several dozen predecessors in the same apocalyptic vein.
January 1, 2000
[Benning] is the only fresh, compelling character in the film.
January 1, 2000
The Siege is clumsily put together. Zwick is careless about plot details, so the movie is often needlessly confusing.
January 1, 2000
Typical summer popcorn fare.
January 1, 2000
Washington and Ms. Bening play smart, interesting characters who never quite connect, while Willis turns himself into the loosest military cannon this side of Dr. Strangelove.
January 1, 2000
The prejudicial attitudes embodied in the film are insidious, like the anti-Semitism that infected fiction and journalism in the 1930s--not just in Germany, but in Britain and America.
January 1, 2000
The Siege is many things at once: tense, exciting, disturbing, and thought provoking.
November 6, 1998