White House Down Reviews

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.
July 4, 2013
It's Independence Day without the aliens and a president partial to Air Jordans.
July 3, 2013
The special effects are scary-hairy enough to satisfy the midsummer "I wish to go to the moon" impulse.
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.
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.
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.
June 28, 2013
Formula action films don't come much more formulaic that this.
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.
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.
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.