San Andreas (2015)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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

Rating: PG-13 (for intense disaster action and mayhem throughout, and brief strong language)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Allan Loeb, Chad Hayes, Carlton Cuse, Carey Hayes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 20, 2015
Box Office: $151.9M
Warner Bros. - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for San Andreas

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (38)

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

Full Review… | June 4, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's clear from the get-go that the filmmakers have more commercial than creative motives here, and their plot has the cracks to prove it.

Full Review… | July 1, 2015

San Andreas stands out as a better-than-average endeavor that, at the very least, boasts one of Johnson's most charismatic performances to date.

Full Review… | June 27, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

Director Brad Peyton keeps the story focused on a handful of compelling, resourceful people to keep us rooting for their survival while they race through increasingly complex set pieces.

Full Review… | June 26, 2015
NOW Toronto

By the end--a seismologist told "You did good" as reports come in of California's devastation and corpse-littered cities--it's clear just how tone-deaf, context-insensitive, and death-denying this blockbuster is after all its bombast and bomb-blasts.

Full Review… | June 26, 2015
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Set up as an old-style disaster movie with only a fraction of the plot, this earthquake action adventure is preposterous enough to just about work as a guilty pleasure.

Full Review… | June 24, 2015

Audience Reviews for San Andreas


Typical actioner. California gets trashed.
The Rock had one scene wherein he actually acts, and he did pretty good.
Always be liking me some Carla Gugino.
And then there's the CGI. Eh.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


It is usually a lot of fun to watch big cities break apart and crumble down in cool special effects, but this movie adopts a solemn, self-important tone that is, well, counterproductive, while the family drama at its core is full of clichés, contrived and, well, completely predictable.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Sometimes all you want with a movie, especially a disaster movie, is some good dumb fun, and sometimes that fun is a little too dumb. Such is the case with San Andreas, chronicling massive earthquakes shredding California. After a slightly clever opening, the film goes rapidly downhill as we're stuck with one-note stock characters. The Rock and Carla Gugino as a divorced couple who will, naturally, be brought back together over the course of events. They also have to travel to San Francisco to save their daughter (True Detective's GIF-exploding Alexandra Daddario). I have to admit, that is one hell of an attractive family. There is no loser in that gene pool. From an action standpoint, San Andreas does a serviceable enough job with a few memorable images of Mother Nature's fury. The script is definitely an excuse to just get from one big, falling thing to another. I'm not expecting Shakespeare but the story shows very little effort. Oh no, the record-breaking earthquake is going to broken by another newer record-breaking earthquake. Oh no, a small child is huddling in a corner and needs to be saved. Oh no, a character is deprived of oxygen for like five minutes onscreen but magically comes back to life. If that doesn't cause brain damage this script will. One of the problems with San Andreas is that it doesn't have any real disposable characters. These kinds of movies thrive on having meat for the grinder, but from the first act onwards there's nobody we truly fear will bite the dust. There was one major missed opportunity: the cowardly step-father (Ioan Gruffudd) abandons others, narrowly escapes disaster, and he should have continued doing so, avoiding another near-certain demise just to intensify the audience's demand for his end. It would have been a satisfying payoff. Oh well. San Andreas starts to become a lot of hollow PG-13 carnage. Watching this gave me a further appreciation for Roland Emmerich (2012, Day After Tomorrow), who has such a better handle on large-scale destruction. That man knows how to make good dumb fun disaster movies peppered with all sorts of visually arresting images. If you're desperate for disaster, you could do worse than San Andreas and its onslaught of CGI thrills, but you could certainly do better.

Nate's Grade: C

Nate Z.
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

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