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The Hunt for Red October Reviews

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November 10, 2018
With a chilly majesty to its scale despite its confined locations, this is a supremely confident film with the courage of its convictions as the story slowly and steadily unfolds. 30 years on it still packs a powerful punch, the tension ratcheting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 8, 2018
Coupled with Connery's magnetic performance, that's enough to make The Hunt for Red October as watchable today as it was during its 1990 release.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2018
the kind of action thriller that is rarely made today-one that emphasizes intellect and logic, intuition and political maneuvering over might and brawn
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
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
February 11, 2015
An exciting techno-suspense thriller with a hollow center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
February 11, 2015
This is first-rate adventure stuff, an all-missions-accomplished submarine movie.
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
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
February 11, 2015
[McTiernan's] alternation of menace and human interest, technological wizardry and action sequences is subtly calibrated, ultimately hypnotic in its effect.
February 11, 2015
It picks up some steam and we get what we came for: air-sea stunts, underwater effects, hunters closing in on the prey, a saboteur doing his stuff, lethal weapons and a few twisteroos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
February 11, 2015
The Hunt for Red October is a lot better than you may suspect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 11, 2015
One of Hollywood's better glossy, big-budget thrillers, delivering a solid chunk of tension spiced with occasional frantic action sequences.
February 11, 2015
It is Sean Connery who really makes this movie work for me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 21, 2015
Book-based Cold War submarine drama is tense and thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 18, 2014
One of the most delectably taut, racing thrillers of its generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 6, 2012
The first Jack Ryan thriller adventure is a supremely mounted film, well acted by Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery, and vastly enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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