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White House Down Reviews

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J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 17, 2016
In this slash and burn effort on logic and reason in which audience misery is the target, "White House Down" is a bullseye.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
June 28, 2013
Channing Tatum gives the lunkhead performance he's been outrunning for much of his career in Roland Emmerich's staggeringly bad action thriller.
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
June 26, 2013
The film has its obvious strengths and failings, with a nice sense of spectacle and disappointing character work, but overall, I find it hard to deny that the sheer mental deficiency of "White House Down" is practically intoxicating.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
June 26, 2013
The film really was a lot funnier than I expected, but that's not enough to stop it from being just another big, dumb action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Vincent Mancini
FilmDrunk
June 28, 2013
I would watch an entire film of Channing Tatum trying to talk a squirrel off a birdhouse, but the rest of the film fails to live up to its finest scene.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
June 26, 2013
"White House Down" makes "Olympus Has Fallen" look like a documentary...and I'll have to check the latter out again to get the taste of the former out of my mouth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.9/5
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
June 26, 2013
As long as everyone is aware that this is a silly cable movie not to be taken seriously, you can fun at this White House.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
September 15, 2013
It is appallingly funny in a way that few parodies ever manage. But it is undeniably exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
June 26, 2013
White House Down stands as a singular achievement in parody, its auteur's intentions be damned.
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
June 27, 2013
[Emmerich's] slam-bang succession of dire situations - Don't kill that child! Don't launch those nukes! - is so relentless it becomes tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
June 27, 2013
Roland Emmerich makes love of country into a thing of unabashed hokum, which bleeds through every nook of this overstuffed jumble and leaves no character untouched.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
September 15, 2013
All credit to this hack: he's once again made sleeping well a real possibility, making the plausible implausible.
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
June 27, 2013
Yes, there is some enjoyment to be had from White House Down if only from how inept it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today
June 30, 2013
Unable to do the conventional things better, White House Down, like many modern action films, tries to do the same thing louder and longer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies
September 12, 2013
An expensive blockbuster chuckle that doesn't last.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
September 16, 2013
Characters behave in a manner that often doesn't make sense. It's like watching a bad horror movie where the victims act as if they want to get caught.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 27, 2013
By the time the second or third over-the-top climactic battle arrives, the movie has gone from dumb fun to just plain dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
June 26, 2013
A silly, preachy popcorn movie with too many deadlines, plotlines and punchlines
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
December 13, 2013
While fun in a harmless, artificial sort of way -- like Pop Rocks or costume jewelry -- White House Down is little more than Die Hard at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 28, 2013
It follows the Emmerich template: a spectacle-tinged, compelling setup; a dumb, disappointing midsection; and a cheese-topped denouement that veers so close to self-parody that one is tempted to call it funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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