Backdraft Reviews

August 16, 2017
Backdraft truly shows us fire the way we've never seen it before.
July 10, 2017
"Backdraft" is a spectacle worth observing; it may also generate a little more respect for firemen, everyday heroes who don`t need the movies to polish their image.
February 5, 2008
Backdraft has some of the raw filmmaking excitement that has been missing from Howard's recent work.
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).
Top Critic
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.
May 20, 2003
The spectacular fire sequences, which must have been hellish to film, are powerfully enveloping on screen, thanks especially to the eerie effect of the title.
January 1, 2000
Director Howard is so mesmerized by the flames, he squirts formulaic lighter fluid over everything.
January 1, 2000
Backdraft is sure to do for fire what The Poseidon Adventure did for water.
January 1, 2000
[The scenes involving fire] are so good they make me recommend the movie anyway, despite its brain-damaged screenplay.