White House Down


White House Down

Critics Consensus

White House Down benefits from the leads' chemistry, but director Roland Emmerich smothers the film with narrative clichés and choppily edited action.



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The White House is under siege in this action thriller from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich and The Amazing Spider-Man's writer James Vanderbilt in this Sony Pictures release. Channing Tatum stars. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Jamie Foxx
as President Sawyer
Richard Jenkins
as Raphelson
Joey King
as Emily
Nicolas Wright
as Donnie the Guide
Michael Murphy
as Vice President Hammond
Lance Reddick
as General Caulfield
Matt Craven
as Agent Kellerman
Jake Weber
as Agent Hope
Barbara Williams
as Muriel Walker
Kevin Rankin
as Killick
Garcelle Beauvais
as Alison Sawyer
Andrew Simms
as Roger Skinner
Catherine Lemieux
as Midwest Woman
Vincent Leclerc
as Agent Todd
Victor Cornfoot
as Agent Reid
Anthony Lemke
as Captain Hutton
Yardly Kavanagh
as President's Secretary
Andrew Shaver
as Young Agent
Kwasi Songui
as North Gate Guard
Patrick Costello
as NORAD Technician
Ralph Prosper
as Washington Policeman
Jennifer Morehouse
as Female Army Major
Martin Thibaudeau
as Aor Force Colonel
Simon Gouveia
as Tank Gunner
Richard Bradshaw
as Navy Commander
Lori Graham
as Reporter
Barry Morgan
as Reporter
Dan Duran
as Reporter
Janette Luu
as Reporter
Leni Parker
as Speaker's Assistant
Faber Dewar
as Colonel Cameron
Brent Skagford
as Marine One Pilot
Todd van der Heyden
as Reporter in Helicopter
Paul van der Heyden
as Helicopter Pilot
Neil Napier
as Tank Commander
Ahmed Mekallach
as Marine Guard
Raphael Grosz-Harvey
as National Guardsman
Chad Connell
as Gabriel Byrnes
Mark Antony Krupa
as Naval Aide-Pentagon
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Critic Reviews for White House Down

All Critics (199) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (102) | Rotten (97)

  • Real thrills - dependent on real, believable jeopardy - are not on offer: just cheerfully absurd spectacle and a little bit of humour.

    Sep 12, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • An expensive blockbuster chuckle that doesn't last.

    Sep 12, 2013 | Rating: 2/5
  • If all you're after is a pair of mismatched heroes wisecracking their way through a series of explosive, well-mounted set pieces, look no further.

    Sep 10, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's Independence Day without the aliens and a president partial to Air Jordans.

    Jul 4, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The special effects are scary-hairy enough to satisfy the midsummer "I wish to go to the moon" impulse.

    Jul 3, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The main flaw of White House Down is that it overstays its welcome, thanks in large part to a silly climax that seems to unfold in three laborious acts.

    Jul 1, 2013 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for White House Down

  • Jun 08, 2016
    A classic Die Hard premise, very professionally executed by the master of destruction. When the film doesn't take itself too seriously while kicking ass, it works like a charm. Unfortunately, some scenes are so silly they're almost unintentionally funny (POTUS + bazooka on White House lawn car chase) and the flag waving finale is way too much. But other than that this is pretty solid and entertaining action cinema.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2015
    It's nice Hollywood still makes films for the gullible and stupid. No reason intelligent people should have all the fun. Atrocious acting by Gyllenhaal. An embarrassment for Foxx and Woods. Really good sets, special effects and sound, but none of it matters when paired with a ridiculous script and cringe-worthy dialog.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2014
    Spends so long copying and trying to be Die Hard, that it forgets what made Die Hard so good.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2014
    Compared to what Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart offered in 'Olympus Has Fallen', what Roland Emmerich, Channing Tatum, and Jamie Foxx try to offer in this movie is a total flop.. Unlike the battle between 'No Strings Attached' vs 'Friends with Benefit' before that we can call it a tie, 'Olympus Has Fallen' vs 'White House Down' is a comfortable win for Butler's side undoubtedly..
    Sanjaya & Super Reviewer

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