The Siege
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Edward Zwick directed this action thriller about Islamic militants unleashing terrorism in New York City. As FBI Terrorism Task Force-chief Anthony Hubbard (Denzel Washington) investigates, a false-alarm bomb threat is followed by a legit bomb, with many killed when a Brooklyn bus explodes. Agents track a suspect through Brooklyn, while Hub teams with Middle East expert and NSA operative Elise Kraft (Annette Bening). After the FBI wipes out three Arabs in a Brooklyn apartment, an explosion in a Broadway theater is followed by attacks on a school and FBI headquarters. When the President… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's difficult to sustain a responsible subtext when you're delivering the jolts required to keep butts in the seats."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Zwick (Courage Under Fire) has fashioned another ethical tour de force that reveals his dedication to serious filmmaking."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A flawed but not uninteresting political thriller that struggles with middling success to satisfy the dual aims of being both commercially entertaining and socially significant."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"It was like eating celery - crunchy and loud and tasty - then zero caloric content after all that trouble chewing it."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"The first hour is riveting, with a couple of particularly tense scenes. But things go hideously awry from there as the ham-fisted messages begin to dominate."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Even at its most unbelievable, The Siege has the performances of Washington and Bening to fall back on, and a theme that understands that what's difficult is not choosing right from wrong but 'choosing the wrong that's more right.'"
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"If you like political thrillers with lots of explosions, domestic terrorism, and vein-popping army Generals, this movie's for you."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"The Siege attempts to update the bluffs and counterfeints of the Cold War spy thriller, not to advance any ideological point but to obscure the fact that it doesn't have one."
‑ Ken Hollings, Sight and Sound
"The Siege is a good idea that is never quite executed as it should be."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Wildly schizoid, The Siege manages the feat of being both intelligent and irresponsible, serious and silly."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"More political than entertaining, The Siege is a reflection of our heightened awareness and sensitivity to terrorism and the price of freedom."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Calgary Movies
"A gripping build up gives way to an incredibly dumb finish."
‑ Bob Thompson, Jam! Movies
"The Siege raises a lot of important questions about racism, free speech, and the power of government. It doesn't deal with them particularly effectively."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"While the ending was pure Hollywood, and there was too much cute spy stuff, most of the film was suspenseful, engaging and thought-provoking."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"In all, quite a disappointment."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
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