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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The movie finally is never very convincing. Even the special effects aren't great.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A skillful, efficient film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A leviathan bore, big, clunky and ponderously overplotted.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A Reagan youth's wet dream of underwater ballistics and East-West conflict.