The Sum of All Fears Reviews

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January 22, 2014
[Ben Affleck's] Jack Ryan is simply impossible to take seriously, and that's something the film could probably never survive.
January 1, 2011
Generic action film not good for kids, or anyone.
July 14, 2007
September 30, 2005
September 22, 2003
Has enough clichs and cut-out characters to condemn it to mediocrity.
November 10, 2002
I didn't believe for a moment in these villains or their plot.
October 30, 2002
October 15, 2002
It's all fast and loud and pulse-pounding, of course, but nothing that we haven't seen dozens of times on screen after imaginary disasters.
August 23, 2002
The Sum of All Fears is remarkably fuddled about motives and context, which drains it of the dramatic substance that would shake us in our boots (or cinema seats).
August 22, 2002
The exposition-heavy screenplay favours deathly dialogue scenes over actually showing us action unfolding.
August 15, 2002
Clancy's world is strictly for the techno-nerds and frankly they're welcome to it.
August 5, 2002
Deals with a chillingly topical nuclear attack on Baltimore. But perhaps more disturbingly, it rehashes it into a Ben Affleck action romance.
July 20, 2002
Works on the levels you would expect it to but doesn't go the extra mile.
July 20, 2002
An implausible apocalypse without depth or resonance, a cartoon of international politics presented with no James Bond-like playfulness and with all the superficial realism money can buy.
July 9, 2002
What would have been a surefire blockbuster in any other time is now a very hard film to "enjoy" post-9/11.
June 23, 2002
(Not) the biggest or best film of this summer's blockbuster season, but it does hold up well under fire as long as you don't think about anything too hard.
June 20, 2002
Affleck's performance is so lightweight that he feels like a secondary character, barely involved with this struggle against a terrorist nuclear attack.
June 14, 2002
The star who helped give a spark to "Chasing Amy" and "Changing Lanes" falls flat as thinking man CIA agent Jack Ryan in this summer's new action film, "The Sum of All Fears."
June 13, 2002
...post-September 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.
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