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Con Air Reviews

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Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
The stunts and explosions are amazing, of course, but escalate to overwrought chaos by the end.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 5, 2002
...were that many explosions really necessary?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
I liked the way the film is crafted. Simon West is no artist, but he's got the Bruckheimer machine behind him making sure everything is fast, loud and flashy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 29, 2002
Adrenaline-pumping action drama with some special surprizes.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 23, 2002
Cast actors with a bit of box-office clout; hire a director smart enough to shoot each explosion so it can be shown multiple times from different angles; find a script with all the depth and complexities of a coloring book. And ``Action!''...
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 18, 2002
You have to wonder where we stand as a society when something like "Con Air" passes for entertainment.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Unfortunately, this Touchstone effort falls well below the stature of its aspirations, too often substituting bombast for believability before finally plunging headlong into the ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
The quintessential summer movie.
Nick Hilditch
BBC.com
June 12, 2001
It's silly, but it's also free from pretensions to be anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
They're 'the worst of the worst.' So's the movie.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Beneath all the dust and blood, there is heart in the tale of a man trying to get back to his wife and child.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Numbing but not boring, it's finally more dispiriting than exhilarating, like a wild night of debauchery that leaves only a fearsome hangover for a souvenir.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
All of the principals normally work in films more interesting and human than this one, which gives Con Air a touch of the subversive and turns it into a big-budget lark.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Sitting through this movie is like watching a dog running in circles chasing its tail -- the amusement factor dies quickly as the situation become repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
How's the movie? Big, loud, brutal and stupid, that's how it is.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is essentially a series of quick setups, brisk dialogue and elaborate action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
It's only all these A-list and almost-A-list actors that makes this anything other than a made-for-USA Networks movie.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
There are some decent actors in this movie, and they have sold their souls to the devil.
| Original Score: 49/100
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Despite the glut of strong performers, the thing never gets past its cumbersome, detonate-everything high concept.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Packs enough of a ka-boom to please the many fans of the action genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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