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Olympus Has Fallen Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
Olympus Has Fallen is made from action-movie mix. Just add sweat.
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
April 17, 2013
The thrills and the effects are cheap, but this is in hard-driving, good-humoured command of its own silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
March 28, 2013
This ludicrous actioner strives to be as loud, violent, and patriotic as possible.
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 28, 2013
Fuqua doesn't deliver on what he has set up.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 22, 2013
The carnage is cruel and crude.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 22, 2013
A typical slab of Hollywood action in which the White House crumbles under attack, the American flag is tattered and tossed aside by baddies, and clichés rise like gods.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
March 22, 2013
'Olympus Has Fallen is just too much of a pale 'Die Hard' ripoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 22, 2013
... the action is often not unengaging, and Butler's better at swinging for faux Bruce Willis ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2013
Given the premise's essential absurdity, it's almost embarrassingly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
March 22, 2013
"Olympus Has Fallen" goes through plenty of familiar motions, but does them well enough that it gets away with it. There's a reason movies like this die hard.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 22, 2013
The film is a second-rate "Air Force One" mashed up with a third-rate "Die Hard," with Gerard Butler striving mightily to be charismatic as the One Man Who Can Save the Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 22, 2013
"Olympus Has Fallen" at least possesses the frisson of timeliness amid otherwise hoary action-movie cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 22, 2013
It's a solid, simple, more-bang-for-our-buck entertainment that doesn't ask us to think.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 21, 2013
A nitwit extravaganza that makes you long for the intellectual depth of Independence Day.
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March 21, 2013
It has to be a joke, right?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 21, 2013
"Olympus Has Fallen" is everything an audience nostalgic for the Steven Seagal killfests of the '90s expects and deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 21, 2013
Sadly, Mr. Butler lacks the wit and the range to convey anything other than grouchy belligerence, and the script, by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, seems intent on squandering opportunities to be clever or interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 21, 2013
This is for those who like their political thrillers far-fetched, far-reaching and filled with pretty people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 21, 2013
While Gerard Butler is no Bruce Willis, his Mike Banning is a better facsimile of John McClane than the guy Willis is pretending to play these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
March 21, 2013
"Olympus" has a strictly director-for-hire vibe; anyone with access to a Roland Emmerich movie or two (namely "Independence Day") and a mad-libbed action script could have churned out something similar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
March 21, 2013
The movie makes up in adrenaline what it lacks in brains.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 21, 2013
Any semblance of seriousness and verisimilitude suggested by the marketing campaign is quickly forgotten once director Antoine Fuqua's enjoyably tacky Die Hard-on-the-Potomac gets under way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 21, 2013
It all goes down shockingly well, even if Butler lacks the sarcastic wit of a Bruce Willis or Arnold Schwarzenegger and even as the film keeps upping the eye-rolling quotient with cartoon characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2013
Olympus Has Fallen is about as satisfying an action thriller as can be hoped for, with an irresistible premise and nothing but follow-through all the way to the finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 21, 2013
Fuqua knows exactly how to pump up a straightforward script from first-time scribes Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
March 21, 2013
Pop jingoism isn't easy to stir once you've established a vibe that's so deflating.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
March 21, 2013
If you have an uncle who hasn't seen a movie since "Taken," he's gonna' love this one.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
March 21, 2013
The picture is basically a ground-based version of "Air Force One" with a much higher body count.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 21, 2013
The one and only consolation for audiences is that the end of the world would never, ever happen this way.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
March 21, 2013
While the storyline and dialogue are frequently predictable, "Olympus Has Fallen" succeeds largely due to Butler's believablity as a Secret Service agent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
March 20, 2013
Cut past the pic's superficial patriotism, and the message is ironically clear: Never outsource your visual effects when a domestic shop will do.
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
March 20, 2013
There's no reason to overthink this. Just leave your brain at the lobby and enjoy 2013's most entertaining thriller yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 20, 2013
Directed by Antoine Fuqua with his usual slam-bang, cutthroat aggression but with almost nothing in the way of surprise or genuine, organic suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
March 19, 2013
Pretty ridiculously entertaining-or at least entertainingly ridiculous-for long stretches, dulled only by the realization that there are many parts of the country where this will play as less than total farce.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
March 19, 2013
Generates a fair amount of tension and produces the kind of nationalistic outrage that rock-ribbed Americans will feel in their guts.