The Hunt for Red October Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 11, 2015
Clancy is known for writing difficult books, but the movie makes plausible a preposterous situation because of Baldwin's convincing, low-key approach to being a film hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
February 11, 2015
You may not be limp from accumulated tension when this hunt is over, but its cautiously upbeat global message leaves a satisfying glow and it operates with a crackerjack premise.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
February 11, 2015
The Hunt for Red October is a happy cinematic event, the first motion picture that allows us to experience the sweaty-palm thrills of the Cold War without worrying that the world will blow up this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
February 11, 2015
An exciting techno-suspense thriller with a hollow center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 11, 2015
Though Hunt shows fitful signs of life, it lacks the human drama of Das Boot, the technical dazzle of The Abyss and the old-fashioned brio of Run Silent, Run Deep.
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
February 11, 2015
Based on Tom Clancy`s phenomenally successful techno-thriller novel, The Hunt for Red October proves that a film can equal, if not surpass, the intrigue and excitement of the story it is based on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 11, 2015
Like the nuclear submarine it's named after, The Hunt for Red October is big, shiny, and expensive. But it's also hard, cold, and cumbersome, just when it's trying hardest to be likable and even friendly.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
February 11, 2015
Red October is an idealized, dreamy fantasy of life in the business world-harmless as airplane reading, a bit dull on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
February 11, 2015
This is first-rate adventure stuff, an all-missions-accomplished submarine movie.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 11, 2015
The Hunt for Red October is overplotted and sometimes implausible, but McTiernan's clipped style and lavish budget help it through the choppier waters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis King
Tulsa World
February 11, 2015
The big question hanging over the much-anticipated film version of novelist Tom Clancy's best-seller The Hunt for Red October is how, in the current world climate,this cold war thriller will stand up to the warm glow of glasnost. The answer is: just fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 11, 2015
[McTiernan's] alternation of menace and human interest, technological wizardry and action sequences is subtly calibrated, ultimately hypnotic in its effect.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
February 11, 2015
Alas, there are mighty gaffes here that sink a promising idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
February 11, 2015
The talented supporting cast gives a pleasing sheen to the material, while John McTiernan's no-frills direction ensures that the tension rarely slips below pressure-cooker level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 11, 2015
In spite of the high level of talent on board and at the helm, The Hunt for Red October is a heavy-duty mediocrity, sluggish, unwieldy, and instantly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 11, 2015
The film mechanically uses the crosscutting technique made famous by Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove without any of its wit or focused energy.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
February 11, 2015
The Hunt for Red October is a lot better than you may suspect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
February 11, 2015
One of Hollywood's better glossy, big-budget thrillers, delivering a solid chunk of tension spiced with occasional frantic action sequences.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 11, 2015
It is Sean Connery who really makes this movie work for me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media
January 21, 2015
Book-based Cold War submarine drama is tense and thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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