The Hurricane Reviews

September 24, 2007
Startlingly inept coming from a generally accomplished director like Norman Jewison.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Facile and unpersuasive.
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.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
It wasn't long before I got tired of hearing the Hurricane's exceedingly deep meditations on his condition. I wanted something to happen.
January 1, 2000
Though it's fascinating to watch Washington every second he's on the screen, when it comes to The Hurricane, he's already been there, and done that.
January 1, 2000
The screenwriters, Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon, and the director, Norman Jewison, couldn't find a focused structure out of which to deliver emotional payoffs to the audience.
January 1, 2000
The Hurricane is a heavyweight tale fighting to get out of a bantamweight film.
January 1, 2000
Jewison brings little imagination to his dramatization, turning the story into a disappointingly straight bad cop-good victim yarn.
January 1, 2000
I think Denzel's acting was exceptional, but his acting wasn't enough to save this movie.
January 1, 2000
Too often The Hurricane falls prey to creeping Hollywoodisms.
January 1, 2000
Jewison directs with a dispiriting brew of Hollywood schmaltz and deadly righteousness.
January 1, 2000
Overlong and underscripted.
January 1, 2000
For all the courage and vitality it grants its protagonist, it's not a brave film.
January 1, 2000
The story never radiates much beyond the corruption of Carter's lifelong enemy, Paterson detective Vincent Della Pesca.
January 1, 2000
The writers and director Norman Jewison saddle (Washington) with a lot of plot twists and double-backs, and he never finds much of a performance rhythm.
January 1, 2000
The boxing federation awarded Carter an honorary championship title in 1994; The Hurricane, unfortunately, knocks itself out of the running.
January 1, 2000
There must be more to this story than is in the movie. Maybe it's just a commercial for the book. Wait till it gets on video.