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The Sum of All Fears Reviews

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Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Generic action film not good for kids, or anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steven Snyder
Greater Milwaukee Today
June 13, 2002 11, "The Sum Of All Fears" seems more tacky and reprehensible, manipulating our collective fear without bestowing the subject with the intelligence or sincerity it unequivocally deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
June 11, 2002
I've felt more drama watching tornado chasers on The Weather Channel.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
May 31, 2002
Suffers because it seems so pale and ineffectual compared to the real thing.
| Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 3, 2002
The Sum of All Fears is almost impossible to follow -- and there's something cringe-inducing about seeing an American football stadium nuked as pop entertainment.
Eric D. Snider
May 31, 2002
Thirty years ago, it would have been groundbreaking. Now it's just tired.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
June 10, 2002
A little more intensity and a little less charm would have saved this film a world of hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 22, 2014
[Ben Affleck's] Jack Ryan is simply impossible to take seriously, and that's something the film could probably never survive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 3, 2002
If we're going to be swept away by a thriller of this kind, we need a hero that we can depend on -- one who makes us feel safe... [Affleck's] Jack Ryan doesn't have enough potency to do that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
April 19, 2002
The unequivocal death of the Jack Ryan franchise.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
June 10, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
May 28, 2002
It's just not the thinking person's spy thriller it pretends to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Matinee Magazine
May 30, 2002
Sum's world is a moron-friendly version of Thirteen Days posing as current events, one where the Middle East is barely given a passing glance.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 31, 2002
Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan, Tom Clancy's intrepid hero? Ridiculous. What's next? D.J. Qualls as Indiana Jones? Or Tom Green as Han Solo?
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 2, 2002
It's the kind of empty Hollywood film that has been made since the onset of films.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
May 30, 2002
In terms of escapist fun, this one ranks right up there with a newsreel tour of ground zero in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 30, 2002
It's a striking measure of the nervousness of the country right now that a movie so full of holes should be as gripping as it is, at least for its first two-thirds, after which it collapses into a swamp of sentimental mush.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 30, 2002
I am still scratching my head at the callowness of the film's hero and at the haziness of the terrorist objective.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 20, 2002
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Robert Koehler
July 22, 2008
Wilson Morales
May 13, 2003
Neil Norman
London Evening Standard
August 16, 2002
D.K. Holm
September 27, 2002
Current events also leave The Sum of All Fears in the position of being either a brilliant act of unintentional timing or a profound folly.
Armond White
NPR's Fresh Air
November 16, 2002

Boston Phoenix
June 1, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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