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Backdraft Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 21, 2016
...a top-notch thriller trapped within a poorly-paced and needlessly bloated piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 10, 2015
Ron Howard's film is one of smoke-eaters, crispers, and torches... and it bestows a renewed respect on a profession all too often taken for granted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
May 24, 2011
Manipulative? Yes. But damn, citywide funerals, a cranked score, and some Baldwin blue steel redemption poses clears away any irksome storytelling dissatisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
September 23, 2010
Ron Howard popcorn-muncher is sappy, not smokin'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Cornelius
DVDTalk.com
January 16, 2009
Backdraft may not be a very good movie, but it sure is great entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 5, 2008
Backdraft has some of the raw filmmaking excitement that has been missing from Howard's recent work.
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide
February 5, 2008
It's spectacular, yes, but that's not all. Not only do the firefighting scenes evoke a feeling of gritty authenticity, but the fire itself really does seem to be alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 20, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 24, 2007
An extremely old-fashioned tale about heroic firefighters (rival siblings...) with some good special effects, this is a typical Ron Howard picture in its middlebrow sensibility and sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

Bullz-Eye.com
September 29, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic

Time Out
January 26, 2006
The fire sequences are stunning, and the build-up to them, complete with blaring sirens and bellowed conversations, has an aggressive immediacy.
Nicolas Lacroix
EnPrimeur.ca
September 12, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
January 2, 2005
Exciting firefighter adventures with all-star cast.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 31, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 4, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 2, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
May 4, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
August 16, 2003
Mocked by some, for reasons I can't fathom, I find it to be Howard's strongest film. Excellent cast.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
June 7, 2003
Howard's burning ode to firefighters and the professional and personal lives they hope to conquer with devotion and defiance. A drama that convincingly spreads itself like a roaring blaze.
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
Howard delivers exactly the kind of thoroughly entertaining commercial enterprise you might expect, only this one comes chock-full of breathtaking pyrotechnics allowing the ridiculous posturing of the two leads to take a back seat.
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