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Backdraft Reviews

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January 7, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 26, 2014
Absolutely fantastic setpieces strung along an absolutely dimwitted script.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
February 5, 2008
Visually speaking, the film does pretty well with fire-as-spectacle, less well with everything else (Howard tends to trot out fuzzy-toned Spielbergian backlighting on any pretext).
February 5, 2008
Visually, pic often is exhilarating, but it's shapeless and dragged down by corny, melodramatic characters and situations.
September 27, 2006
simultaneously overblown and threadbare
| Original Score: 3/5
October 17, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Director Howard is so mesmerized by the flames, he squirts formulaic lighter fluid over everything.
March 18, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
January 20, 2006
| Original Score: 2/5
November 5, 2002
Typical over-produced, lowest-common-denominator Ron Howard film
| Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Backdraft is sure to do for fire what The Poseidon Adventure did for water.
February 5, 2008
The film exploits Chicago's terrain of ethnic neighborhoods, political turf, and glorious modern architecture, but it has trouble when it comes in close to the personal level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 16, 2017
The story line is not always discernible, but the special effects are spectacular throughout.
January 1, 2000
[The scenes involving fire] are so good they make me recommend the movie anyway, despite its brain-damaged screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 31, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 7, 2002
The three separate elements don't quite gel, but the overall experience is still a fine bit of moviemaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 25, 2002
A patchwork concoction of other (better) movies, but the gung-ho ensemble keeps it all afloat.
| Original Score: 3/5
April 27, 2003
Blazingly good cinema...the performances first rate, the action, never lets up
| Original Score: 4/5
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+
September 23, 2010
Ron Howard popcorn-muncher is sappy, not smokin'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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