The Hurricane Reviews

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December 24, 2010
Denzel dazzles in biopic of imprisoned boxer.
August 7, 2008
The film, directed by Norman Jewison, feels a bit too simple for such a complex story, but Washington transcends the problems to provide his best acting since Malcolm X.
August 5, 2008
There's no denying it's powerful stuff, which, for want of a better phrase, really packs a punch.
September 24, 2007
Startlingly inept coming from a generally accomplished director like Norman Jewison.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Facile and unpersuasive.
April 9, 2005
There is a talented supporting cast, but they are not given much opportunity to break out of the two-dimensional symbolism they are cloaked with in the script by Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon.
August 7, 2004
The movie's dogged humorlessness, and its sixties-style cant, don't do justice to all the political crosscurrents in this story.
May 20, 2003
The film has genuine impact, and I'm betting that leading and supporting Oscar nominations will follow.
April 25, 2003
A reminder that there's still a lot to be said for the good old-fashioned inspirational Hollywood movie.
February 8, 2003
A thoughtful, moving story, and a triumph for Jewison, Washington, and Carter himself.
December 2, 2002
The drama is hung on a vendetta between a flawed-but-honourable man and a doggedly bad cop. Yes, it's Valjean and Javert, together again.
November 22, 2002
A great showcase for the actor's skills.
October 21, 2002
Some stories are so good that even a Hollywood screenwriter can't ruin them. The Hurricane is one of them.
October 15, 2002
As the center of the drama, Mr. Washington more than fills the screen; he very nearly sets it on fire.
August 2, 2002
June 18, 2002
Give director Norman Jewison credit for two things: 1) He made the movie; 2) He let Washington run away with it.
March 24, 2002
Crusty old Canadian liberal Norman Jewison has airbrushed Carter of his foibles and turned him into that hoary racial stereotype, the saintly martyred black man.
March 8, 2002
a glowing depiction of the resilience of humanity that extends beyond skin color or political affirmation.
March 5, 2002
A mesmerizing drama about the potent force of small incremental doses of hope.
January 9, 2002
In the end, the movie's unabashed emotion makes it stick in the memory.
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