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White House Down Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
June 19, 2016
Air Force One explodes! Black Hawks! Raptor fighter-jets going hot! Armored cars doing swan dives into the swimming pool! Sneaky plots and diversions! The Kitchen Sink!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 8, 2015
While none of the tentpoles this summer are doozies, this one is at least something worth cheering about.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
The best Die Hard movie since Speed.
Ray Pride
Newcity
April 9, 2014
This isn't a Guilty Pleasure, just a pleasure.
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
December 12, 2013
Ridiculous as it is both thematically and action-wise, the film is a ton of fun, and much better than most of what director Roland Emmerich has put out there over the years
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
November 22, 2013
Directed by Roland Emmerich (the guy who blew up the White House once before in Independence Day), it has that old-school buddy action vibe, but it falls just short of really working.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 29, 2013
While the film is exactly as silly as Olympus Has Fallen...it admittedly has a lot more fun with the cheeseball, post-9/11 patriotism that underlies the lark. That's the real saving grace for a film that is essentially a carbon of a carbon of a carbon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tom Clift
Moviedex
September 25, 2013
Where Emmerich consistently distinguishes himself from obvious contemporaries like Transformers maestro Michael Bay is that, in his films, patriotism never equals prejudice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 20, 2013
This is a ludicrously contrived thriller that's also a guilty pleasure because the actors refuse to take things seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
September 15, 2013
At least has the good grace to laugh at itself as it rolls out the dingbat-daft action-movie cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
September 13, 2013
One of the most violent films I've seen from a female cinematographer. But Anna Foerster adds lots of lovely, brilliantly-lit visual touches and handles the Die Hard-style action as well as any man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 13, 2013
Whether or not you enjoy this film depends entirely on whether you judge it to be po-faced or parody. If you believe it's the former, you'll probably hate it. If you believe it's the latter, you'll have an absolute blast.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
September 12, 2013
Tatum is very appealing, Foxx makes for a personable Obama-esque fantasy President and the strong supporting cast includes the estimable James Woods, Richard Jenkins and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
September 12, 2013
This may look exactly like Gerard Butler's over-serious Olympus Has Fallen, but it's actually that film's smarter, sillier younger brother: the one you like even though you really shouldn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 12, 2013
The very definition of big dumb fun, White House Down is a hugely enjoyable thriller ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2013
Emmerich's White House Down thunders from one far-fetched scenario to another, but all set within a good pace that doesn't allow attention to wander, or for us to not care about the characters either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
September 11, 2013
As usual, Emmerich doesn't know when the shameless, popcorn extravaganza should stop...but you don't really want him to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
September 10, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
September 9, 2013
Frustrating waiting for the film to settle into a groove that compliments the preposterous premise
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick De Semlyen
Empire Magazine
September 9, 2013
Lincoln meets Sudden Death: a corny but raucous throwback to when Planet Hollywood was hip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 6, 2014
White House Down is terrible. The acting? The effects? The villainy? All bad. The politics are a hot mess.
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