Outbreak Reviews

March 11, 2020
Petersen's vigilant, enlivening direction never allows the story's death-of-mankind topic to undermine its personal powers, deftly mixing in humor, as well as other tonal lighteners, to nurture it.
February 20, 2020
Outbreak will keep you on the edge of your scat, and every time someone sneezes or coughs in the audience, you'll pay attention.
September 7, 2011
The irony is that Outbreak, for all its lurid finesse, ends up leaving us more dazed than terrified.
March 26, 2009
While the first one is considerably more frightening and plausible than the second, the entire film has been put together with such skill and attention to viewer excitement that audiences will readily swallow the whole enchilada without a burp.
January 26, 2006
Entertaining, but not fatally attractive.
May 20, 2003
If a person spends enough time looking serious, sounding defiant and staring intently at computer screens, all will be well with the world.
February 13, 2001
One of the perverse enjoyments of "Outbreak" is watching Hoffman, who is notorious for inhabiting characters bollixed by the blips of indecision, playing a no-nonsense action hero.
January 1, 2000
Hoffman doesn't get the chance, or need, to act: he just does things, like Ford.
January 1, 2000
An absolute hoot.
January 1, 2000
Displays all the initial symptoms of a promising thriller, it soon degenerates into a low-fever whodunit.
January 1, 2000
No one likes to be teased, but that's exactly what this movie does to us, with predictably frustrating results.
January 1, 2000
One of the great scare stories of our time.
January 1, 2000
Comes off as a shrill, self-important bore.
January 1, 2000
A clunky thriller.
January 1, 2000
A big, bustling, intermittently dippy melodrama.
January 1, 2000
This is a picture good enough to make you want to go to the movies and frightening enough to make you wonder if you should avoid the crowds.
June 1, 1994
Outbreak is pretty strong stuff.