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White House Down Reviews

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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
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 4, 2013
It's Independence Day without the aliens and a president partial to Air Jordans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Marsha McCreadie
RogerEbert.com
July 3, 2013
The special effects are scary-hairy enough to satisfy the midsummer "I wish to go to the moon" impulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 2013
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
June 28, 2013
Essentially a louder, sillier version of Die Hard, with John Cale standing in for John McClane, a precocious daughter standing in for the plucky wife, and, alas, no one even much trying to stand in for Alan Rickman's deliciously wicked Hans Gruber.
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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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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 28, 2013
Formula action films don't come much more formulaic that this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 28, 2013
Emmerich isn't strenuous about setting a consistent tone. Action movie blow-ups are interlaced with dumb jokes and slapstick. He's an anything-for-effect guy, but some of his effects are none too effective.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 28, 2013
Emmerich is an old hand at blowing up the White House and finds new wings as well as other national monuments to destroy: They blow up real good.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 28, 2013
In this season of solemnly manly blockbusters, I appreciated the boyish energy of White House Down, a movie that, for all its flamboyant destructiveness, has a playful innocence at its core.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
June 28, 2013
'White House Down' is, at certain moments, a good time in spite of itself. I, for one, was certainly glad when it was over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 28, 2013
Wonderfully orchestrated, mindless, summer-action fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 28, 2013
It's the Die-Hard-in-the-White-House scenes that are the real stars - tightly framed and quickly paced scenes of mayhem, murder and hand-to-hand combat as an on-his-own Tatum tries to save the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 27, 2013
In Emmerich's universe, no one ever went broke underestimating the world's desire to see things go boom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 27, 2013
The essential climate of the movie - the climate of hysteria, dysfunction and mendacity, backed up by an enduring, essentially optimistic and arguably idiotic culture of popular patriotism ... feels strikingly authentic to our historical moment.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 27, 2013
White House Down is the kind of celebration of rampant mayhem in which everyone seems to have a rocket launcher -- or at least a live hand grenade -- at the ready, just in case they need to dispatch a scrum of exceptionally vile and cruel villains.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 27, 2013
It's a blatant attempt for the director to revive his box office fortunes by blowing up parts of the White House Complex as gaudily as he did 18 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 27, 2013
As demented and entertaining as promised, and a little less idiotic than feared.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 27, 2013
White House Down has exactly what you'd expect from [Emmerich] and from the genre, only louder and dumber.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 27, 2013
"White House Down" is solidly within its genre. In a deeper sense, though, it bespeaks a fatigue that's hard to distinguish from brain death.
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
June 27, 2013
Each nutty scenario is surpassed by the next, ludicrous story lines coalesce with expert orchestration, and absurd details return with perfect timing to build to a crescendo of hilarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
June 27, 2013
The dialogue sometimes clunks. But the film also delivers the requisite thrills and action, and with strong, likable actors filling up the lead roles, it's the kind of exciting, escapist fare designed for summer viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 27, 2013
"White House Down" is wonderfully violent and often laugh-out-loud funny, a shopworn premise resuscitated as a sweaty, rousing, ironic, intense, movie-love-reaffirming free-for-all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 27, 2013
For pure enjoyment, for a good time at the movies, for something that will delight and exhilarate and send audiences out laughing, satisfied and thoroughly worked over, it's hard to imagine anything beating "White House Down."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 27, 2013
White House Down, rated PG-13 but as crass and cynical as a Michael Bay movie, is a depressing experience. A manufactured hit that plays to the basest instincts of its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 27, 2013
[A] hard-charging, fairly digestible thriller.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2013
"White House Down" is a hoot and a half, a shameless popcorn entertainment that is preposterous and diverting in just about equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
June 27, 2013
If stripped of its production value, ''White House Down'' would make one hysterical off-Broadway one-act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 27, 2013
It's full of malarkey, but as a campaign of shock and awe, it's hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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June 27, 2013
While White House Down isn't going to score points for originality, seriousness, or subtlety (Emmerich likes his political messages blunt and loud), it is a lot of fun; if nothing else, Emmerich is a great widescreen showman ...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
June 27, 2013
What makes White House Down not just tolerable but frivolously entertaining is its slapstick soul ...
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 27, 2013
All the action scenes, as with many modern Hollywood blockbusters, are seemingly edited with a Cuisinart, or that the copious CGI would barely pass muster in one of those Asylum DTV quickies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 26, 2013
Everyone in "White House Down" is an idiot, clinically insane, a cliché, or a vehicle for shameless exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 0
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 26, 2013
The chemistry of the lead actors mitigates the contrived setup and numbing explosions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
June 26, 2013
The main difference between Emmerich and fellow maestros of mayhem like Michael Bay is that he actually seems to be in on the joke. He knows his movies are preposterous nonsense and he embraces it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
June 26, 2013
Fails to deliver on the campaign promise that it will be as fun as the original "Die Hard."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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William Goss
Film.com
June 26, 2013
Tatum and Foxx's nigh-instantaneous camaraderie makes the alternately corny and convoluted routine of the rest a bit easier to take, even as Emmerich makes every effort to supplant intelligence with patriotism.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 26, 2013
What isn't tonally jarring ends up shatteringly inept.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Foundas
Variety
June 26, 2013
[A] welcome throwback to an earlier, more generously entertaining era of summer blockbusters ...
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
June 26, 2013
There's scant originality here, but witnessing America's hearth and home under siege still brings an emotional frisson to the silly thrills.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 26, 2013
You couldn't ask for a more fun summer popcorn movie than "White House Down."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4