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Swordfish Reviews

November 1, 2007
It's a good thing the action is noisily distracting, because you don't want any down-time in which to ponder the plausibility, or the sense, of anything that is happening.
January 22, 2002
Another in a long line of middling movies for Travolta.
October 30, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 12, 2001
The story ... is just what fills in the gaps between slow-motion fireballs, Matrix-style frozen mayhem, and Halle Berry's notoriously undraped breasts.
June 12, 2001
The sleazy script by Skip Woods ... slimes the actors.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
June 8, 2001
An action opera designed to elicit Beavis and Butt-head-level appreciation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 8, 2001
Nobody really cares about the plot, least of all the filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 8, 2001
The kind of movie where glass-smashing in slow motion serves the same function as extended guitar solos did in '70s rock concerts.
June 8, 2001
My inner jock left hungry for some good final jolts.
June 8, 2001
Sena doesn't back up his bravado and, indeed, his film is rather flushable.
June 8, 2001
All this excess, leading to nothing much.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 8, 2001
Feels like every other action thriller we've seen in the past three years, only it's more annoying.
June 8, 2001
By the seventh explosion, you can't help wondering whether all this flashy stuff amounts to more of a smokescreen shielding a lack of spine or soul.
June 8, 2001
A film that reeks of stupidity and cynicism, one that makes you feel soiled just to have sat through it.
June 8, 2001
Truthfully, it's all twaddle.
June 8, 2001
Don't look too closely. If you do, it becomes not just mindless, but ludicrous, preposterous and downright stupid.
June 8, 2001
Begins by directing our attention to a potentially good film in full view -- then some damn Hollywood magician makes it disappear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 8, 2001
Too much routine stuff amid the excess relegates the hyperactive Swordfish to the level of costly dross.
June 8, 2001
It's skillfully mounted and fitfully intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 7, 2001
A meticulously choreographed bang-by-the-numbers action fantasy that I would accuse of peddling evil if the film weren't so dumb and incoherent.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
June 7, 2001
It's all guts, no story.
June 7, 2001
The liveliest and most engaging time killer to come out of Hollywood in a long while.
June 7, 2001
Stylish dreck disguised as a hard-core action flick.
June 7, 2001
The story is mostly about what happens to various objects (plate glass windows, SUVs, senators) when they are riddled with bullets or detonated by explosives.
June 7, 2001
Whatever interest the film creates is squandered via the smug, showy amorality that runs through it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 7, 2001
Has a great opening, an exciting finale and in between it rarely bores and often entertains.
June 7, 2001
John, John, John -- one more bad-guy role in a bad movie and you're going to need another comeback.
June 7, 2001
It's the adrenaline rush of the year.
June 7, 2001
Swordfish may run just 99 minutes, but that's enough time to keep mulling how silly it is.
June 7, 2001
Exactly the sort of movie Travolta's character is talking about in the film's opening sequence, all style with no wit.
June 7, 2001
A series of set pieces that grow progressively absurd, climaxing in a thoroughly perverse ending.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 7, 2001
Meaningless and superfluous car chases, meaningless and superfluous shoot-outs, and, most of all, meaningless and superfluous sex stuff.
Read More | Original Score: D
June 6, 2001
A good movie? Hardly. But more than enough to pass a dog day afternoon.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 6, 2001
Swordfish drowns in cliche, implausibility and cryptic little mysteries and misdirections that viewers are supposed to accept as intricate and edgy storytelling.
June 5, 2001
Swordfish at least remembers that this sort of film is supposed to be fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2001
A crowd-pleasing return to form by producer Joel Silver.