Rising Sun Reviews

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December 7, 2018
A major disappointment from first-class director Philip Kaufman.
September 7, 2011
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.
October 18, 2008
As the plot grows more intricate, strangely the tension dissipates, until finally the movie just seems to run out of breath.
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.
April 9, 2008
I found it pretty entertaining, as well as provocative in some of its comments about contemporary life.
December 7, 2018
There are moments when Rising Sun touches a raw nerve...Too often though, this film conveys what might be called the unbearable lightness of Crichton.
November 28, 2017
It turns out a muddle: a buddy pic and a culture shocker as well as a thriller.
February 27, 2011
It never rises past a second-rate thriller.
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.
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.
April 9, 2008
aufman's heavy-handedness and a half-baked script with unfocused performances to match render this unentertaining, vacuous nonsense.
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.
May 13, 2007
Snipes at his coolest still can't save this xenophobic piece of studio flotsam.
April 15, 2007
As a mostly straight investigative thriller, Rising Sun provides a nice combination of mystery and action.
June 24, 2006
Kaufman's PC adaptation falls awkwardly between the conventions of the Hollywood conspiracy thriller and something intended as more artily significant.
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.
December 28, 2004
The film disappoints, but Snipes and Connery don't.
December 23, 2004
A 1980s style film adaptation of a Michael Crichton novel.
November 19, 2004
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