White House Down

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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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Capitol police officer John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) as a member of the Secret Service. Not wanting to disappoint his young daughter with the bad news, Cale takes her on a tour of the White House. While he and his daughter are there, a heavily armed paramilitary group attacks and seizes control. As the nation's government dissolves in chaos, only Cale can save his daughter, the president and the country.

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Critic Reviews for White House Down

All Critics (201) | Top Critics (61) | Fresh (104) | Rotten (97)

  • There is a certain comfort you can derive from these predictable mega-budget monsters. Trouble is, it goes on too long. It has several climactic moments, but every time you ready for the exit, the film bounces back again for the next round.

    March 19, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • At least has the good grace to laugh at itself as it rolls out the dingbat-daft action-movie cliches.

    September 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It is appallingly funny in a way that few parodies ever manage. But it is undeniably exciting.

    September 15, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) can do these films in his sleep; which may be why they sometimes emerge as nightmares of crazed, florid hokum.

    September 13, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Real thrills - dependent on real, believable jeopardy - are not on offer: just cheerfully absurd spectacle and a little bit of humour.

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

    September 12, 2013 | Rating: 2/5

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  • 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..
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