The Sum of All Fears Reviews

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January 5, 2018
In this Bush-Ashcroft age, we do not especially need more strictures on civil liberties, but after this despicable film perhaps the great minds of Movieland could be persuaded to agree on a ground rule: films about nuclear terror must not be risible.
August 9, 2002
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
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.
June 13, 2002
I'm not saying Affleck is in way over his head, but a scuba tank and swim fins might come in handy.
June 10, 2002
Affleck merely creates an outline for a role he still needs to grow into, a role that Ford effortlessly filled with authority.
June 4, 2002
A trite espionage thriller without the thrills but with a lingering measure of nausea.
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.
June 2, 2002
Phil Alden Robinson, who directed from a script by Paul Attanasio and Daniel Pyne, is an accomplished craftsman, but his movie has been upstaged by the sum of our fears.
June 1, 2002
It's a smartly directed, grown-up film of ideas.
May 31, 2002
Has something to disappoint nearly every constituency to which it appeals.
May 31, 2002
One that bombs literally and figuratively.
May 31, 2002
Subtract the slickness, and Sum adds up to a smart thriller.
May 31, 2002
It's a movie that, frankly, I could not recommend to a friend, and yet I find no fault in the filmmaking.
May 31, 2002
The Sum of All Fears pretends to be a serious exploration of nuclear terrorism, but it's really nothing more than warmed-over Cold War paranoia.
May 31, 2002
Watching this film, we can't shake our fears that we may be witnessing a version of our own previously unthinkable future.
May 31, 2002
This engrossing, characteristically complex Tom Clancy thriller is shifty in the manner in which it addresses current terrorism anxieties and sidesteps them at the same time.
May 31, 2002
It's a testament to how effective The Sum of All Fears really is that it sends you home feeling more scared than you were before.
May 31, 2002
Toward the end Sum of All Fears morphs into a mundane '70s disaster flick.
May 31, 2002
Bold, imaginative, rational and persuasive an account of the lethally dangerous world we live in, The Sum of All Fears is an international spy drama with visceral impact.
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