San Andreas

Critics Consensus

San Andreas has a great cast and outstanding special effects, but amidst all the senses-shattering destruction, the movie's characters and plot prove less than structurally sound.



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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island's Brad Peyton steps into disaster movie territory with this 3D film surrounding an earthquake that hits the West Coast. Carlton Cuse provides the script. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Dwayne Johnson
as Chief Ray Gaines
Alexandra Daddario
as Blake Gaines
Paul Giamatti
as Lawrence
Kylie Minogue
as Susan Riddick
Matt Gerald
as Harrison
Breanne Hill
as Larissa
Nick Allen
as Ducat-Preppy
Sophia Emberson
as Bain-Ponytail
Sofie Formica
as Refugee Camp Reporter
Hugh Francis
as Daniel Riddick's Assistant
Brad McMurray
as Riddick Building Security Guard
John Brently Reynolds
as Daniel Riddick's Driver
Simone Kessell
as Kim Swann
Saskia Williscroft
as Jenny Swann
Hayley Sullivan
as Riddick Female Assistant
Renee Somerfield
as Female Flight Attendant
Joey D. Vieira
as Man in Parking Garage
Nikki Green
as Female Teen Messenger
Nikki Greene
as Female Teen Messenger
Calum Grant
as Pedestrian
Teirrah McNair
as Pedestrian
Michael Yamaguchi
as Motobike Cop on Foot
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Critic Reviews for San Andreas

All Critics (239) | Top Critics (47)

  • It's enormously entertaining, thanks to the undeniable charisma of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and the wanton CGI destruction of all of the West Coast's greatest landmarks (in 3-D, no less).

    Dec 31, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Summer's upon us, and you could do worse than watch the undeniably appealing Johnson try to save the day while uttering the silliest dialogue imaginable.

    Dec 14, 2015
  • This movie didn't take much time escalating from realistic depiction of a disaster to giant, numbing CGI spectacle.

    Nov 10, 2015
  • My resistance to summer blockbusters crumbled like a collapsing skyscraper in the face of this big, loud, exuberantly destructive movie.

    Jun 4, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Campy but never campy enough and far too numbingly artificial to ever drum up any real suspense or sense of awe, the film has a scale that's squandered on visual witlessness.

    Jun 2, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    David Ehrlich

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The allure of San Andreas rests entirely on the calibre of its pandemonium, savored, ideally, with a brawling audience on a Friday night.

    Jun 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for San Andreas

  • Jun 28, 2017
    I have never been a fan of the Disaster genre, I don't seem to be able to take much more away from it than visual noise. I was hoping that the combined might of Alexandra Daddario and The Rock would be enough to turn me around on San Andreas, alas, it was not to be.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2017
    Entertaining but overall somewhat fake-looking catastrophe movie. Somehow the film fails to entirely grasp the atmosphere of places like Hoover dam or San Francisco, the special effects often do not look like actual places. Sure, the destruction is impressive, but the story is so shallow, full of coincidences and sheer luck, it's silly. At least The Rock makes for a convincing leading man.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2017
    There's not much to expect from movies like this, and I think having The Rock star in them is a dead giveaway that it's going to be pretty bad. San Andreas started out decently, but quickly gave in to just about every single Hollywood cliche in the books. Bad acting, a disaster movie love story, and worst of all cringe-worthy exposition. The only thing noteworthy is the special effects, but I'm sure you can find the best bits on YouTube. Avoid this at all costs.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2016
    I think the only vehicle Dwayne Johnson doesn't drive in this movie is a train. Pretty much the same type of story as The Day After Tomorrow where a parent has to go rescue their kid during a natural disaster. With San Andreas, it is so scientifically inaccurate it almost makes it less fun to watch. The beginning of the movie also was hilarious and I don't think it was supposed to be. It was essentially a PSA saying that if you text and drive, a rock slide will knock you off a cliff, so watch it... But not this movie. Don't watch this movie.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer

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