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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
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
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.
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
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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
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 18, 2014
One of the most delectably taut, racing thrillers of its generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
The film is a piece of heightened prosaic suspense; it comes at you in big, chewy gobs of exposition and dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 6, 2010
The Hunt for Red October is a terrific adventure yarn.
Rory L. Aronsky
Screen It!
May 13, 2009
It is a thriller in some sequences, action in others, but it depends on personal taste, how many thrills you believe a movie should have in order to be considered a thriller
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 6, 2008
As for the film's suspense credentials, you know it's time to get tense when James Earl Jones intones, 'Mother of God.' [Blu-Ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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