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Rising Sun (1993)

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 9

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When Michael Crichton wrote his best-selling thriller Rising Sun, he wrote the character of hero John Connor with Sean Connery in mind. For Philip Kaufman's film version of the novel, Sean Connery, needless to say, fits seamlessly into the role of a legendary police detective who is an expert in Japanese culture. The story takes place in the towering office building of the Japanese Nakamoto Corporation in Los Angeles, who are negotiating a deal with Microcon, an American electronics firm. During

Jun 20, 2000

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (24) | DVD (9)

It would be nice to see Connery doing something intrinsically interesting instead of trying to make something inherently dull entertaining. And it would be good to see Snipes cut loose more than he is able to here.

November 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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As the plot grows more intricate, strangely the tension dissipates, until finally the movie just seems to run out of breath.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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When working in genre territory before, the idiosyncratic Kaufman has shown a marked tendency to debunk or subvert conventions. Playing it straight here, he brings little to the table.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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I found it pretty entertaining, as well as provocative in some of its comments about contemporary life.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Kaufman's PC adaptation falls awkwardly between the conventions of the Hollywood conspiracy thriller and something intended as more artily significant.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It directs attention not to the internal reasons for America's economic problems, but to inscrutable, generalized, unknown others from abroad, whose yellow skins and strange manners announce their evil purposes as much as their unfair trade practices.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It never rises past a second-rate thriller.

February 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Kaufman's film is flawed. but not as bad as critics claim-- charges of racism made this adaptation controversial even before it was seen.

January 2, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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What should have been a tense political thrilling blockbuster, ends up a wasted effort with a limp storyline that once again fails to give the book justice.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

aufman's heavy-handedness and a half-baked script with unfocused performances to match render this unentertaining, vacuous nonsense.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
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The film grafts a fiercely modernist feel onto characters and themes right out of a 1940s film noir--an impressive achievement that more than makes up for a ponderous storyline.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Snipes at his coolest still can't save this xenophobic piece of studio flotsam.

May 13, 2007
Flipside Movie Emporium

An intriguing, sensual whodunit that would have been even better had it not succumb to political correctness and changed the identity of the killer from Crichton's novel.

March 3, 2006
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The film disappoints, but Snipes and Connery don't.

December 28, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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A 1980s style film adaptation of a Michael Crichton novel.

December 23, 2004
Entertainment Insiders

An intelligent and sophisticated screen adaptation of Michael Crichton's bestselling novel

July 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

This adaptation is a sleek, smartly plotted entertainment, thoroughly engrossing.

January 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

A slick yet pedestrian thriller.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Rising Sun

Entertaining. A whodunit that keeps you on your toes by sending the viewer down wrong paths as you try to determine who the killer is. Sean Connery usually does a great job acting, and this movie is no exception.
December 11, 2011
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A pretty good thriller that?s satisfyingly unpredictable. One of the better, East meets West dramas of the time.
September 28, 2009
SirPant

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i love sean connery and thought this movie ws quite good to be honest!
Its a good action thriller with a few good twists and turns and its even funy as well in places!
its worth a watch but can get a little confusing!
September 2, 2009
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