Falling Down - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Falling Down Reviews

Page 1 of 3

TV Guide
July 18, 2011
These adventures would be offensive if you could take them seriously, so it's probably good that you can't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2011
None of the characters ever rises beyond the level of his or her generic functions, and by the end the overall emptiness of the conception becomes fully apparent.

July 18, 2011
What makes this an innovative film is Joel Schumacher's bold eschewing of the good-guy-verses-bad-guy Hollywood convention.
Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 18, 2011
Let's face it, there is an element of truth in the character of D-FENS. But it is, finally, tabloid truth.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 10, 2010
The character of William Foster (simply called D-Fens in the closing credits) represents an element of our collective id.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
December 7, 2009
Atrociously written by actor Ebbe Roe Smith and atrociously directed (it goes without saying) by Joel Schumacher...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 1, 2009
A heavy-handed potboiler, but as it raises the temperature, it does give cause to consider the line--so easily crossed--between social function and disasterous personal undoing. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 24, 2009
...holds up pretty well today, even if its tone meanders all over the place.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
At first comes across like a mean-spirited black comedy and then snowballs into a reasonably powerful portrait of social alienation. The tone is unremittingly dour, however.
Top Critic
David Ansen
March 31, 2008
A real artist could make something incisive or darkly hilarious out of this moral tightrope act. Schumacher, veering recklessly between social satire, kick-ass fantasy and damsel-in-distress melodrama, plays the game for opportunistic cheap thrills.
Steve Crum
February 24, 2008
Maybe Michael Douglas' best work, he as the depressed man driven to madness.
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
February 12, 2008
Joel Schumacher's best film.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Gonsalves
February 3, 2008
A crude, cathartic rant that both condemns and exploits modern paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
June 25, 2006
Dealing with urban paranoia from a White POV is a good, timely idea, but film can't decide whether Michael Douglas is an ordinary or psychopathic man and whether we should feel sympathy or pity for the "victimization" of this yuppie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic

Time Out
January 26, 2006
Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and certainly unnerving.
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
October 21, 2005
Douglas' tortured misfit is a chore to watch.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
A powerful, gripping, darkly humorous film with a dynamite lead performance by Michael Douglas. One of 1993's ten-best films.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
March 11, 2005
Douglas as you've never seen him before
| Original Score: 3/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
July 27, 2004
It's half a really good movie, and half a mediocre one with a good actor.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
June 4, 2004
One of Schumacher's lone efforts that actually has some depth
| Original Score: 4/5
Page 1 of 3