Backdraft Reviews

July 26, 2014
Absolutely fantastic setpieces strung along an absolutely dimwitted script.
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.
February 5, 2008
Visually, pic often is exhilarating, but it's shapeless and dragged down by corny, melodramatic characters and situations.
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).
September 27, 2006
simultaneously overblown and threadbare
January 20, 2006
March 18, 2004
January 7, 2003
November 5, 2002
Typical over-produced, lowest-common-denominator Ron Howard film
October 17, 2002
January 1, 2000
Backdraft is sure to do for fire what The Poseidon Adventure did for water.
January 1, 2000
Director Howard is so mesmerized by the flames, he squirts formulaic lighter fluid over everything.