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The Hunt for Red October Reviews

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
An exciting techno-suspense thriller with a hollow center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
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
[McTiernan's] alternation of menace and human interest, technological wizardry and action sequences is subtly calibrated, ultimately hypnotic in its effect.
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.
February 11, 2015
The Hunt for Red October is a lot better than you may suspect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
July 6, 2010
The Hunt for Red October is a terrific adventure yarn.
February 9, 2006
At its best, with Soviets, Americans and Raimus all at cross-purposes, the movie is an engrossing and exciting battle of wits.
May 20, 2003
The movie finally is never very convincing. Even the special effects aren't great.
January 1, 2000
A skillful, efficient film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
A leviathan bore, big, clunky and ponderously overplotted.
January 1, 2000
A Reagan youth's wet dream of underwater ballistics and East-West conflict.