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Rising Sun Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 27, 2011
It never rises past a second-rate thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Emanuel Levy
January 2, 2009
Kaufman's film is flawed. but not as bad as critics claim-- charges of racism made this adaptation controversial even before it was seen.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
November 5, 2008
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.
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David Ansen
October 18, 2008
As the plot grows more intricate, strangely the tension dissipates, until finally the movie just seems to run out of breath.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
April 9, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

April 9, 2008
aufman's heavy-handedness and a half-baked script with unfocused performances to match render this unentertaining, vacuous nonsense.

TV Guide
April 9, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
April 9, 2008
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 9, 2008
I found it pretty entertaining, as well as provocative in some of its comments about contemporary life.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
May 13, 2007
Snipes at his coolest still can't save this xenophobic piece of studio flotsam.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Kaufman's PC adaptation falls awkwardly between the conventions of the Hollywood conspiracy thriller and something intended as more artily significant.
Chuck O'Leary
March 3, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 7/10
Michael Dequina
December 28, 2004
The film disappoints, but Snipes and Connery don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
December 23, 2004
A 1980s style film adaptation of a Michael Crichton novel.
| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 12, 2003
An intelligent and sophisticated screen adaptation of Michael Crichton's bestselling novel
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
This adaptation is a sleek, smartly plotted entertainment, thoroughly engrossing.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
The flaws don't cripple what is a fiercely funny, exciting and provocative detective story about the crimes of corporate culture -- crimes that transcend race and geography.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
There are a few too many plot holes and logical errors. Rising Sun may be solidly-paced, but not all aspects of the production are as successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The screenplay by Kaufman, Crichton and Michael Backes is not about much of anything important.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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