The Sum of All Fears
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When the president of Russia suddenly dies and is succeeded by a man about whom little is known, tension increases as old fears ignite new paranoia. Director of Central Intelligence Bill Cabot recruits a young analyst from the Russia desk, Jack Ryan, to supply insight and advice. Then the unthinkable happens: the capital of Chechnya is leveled by a nuclear bomb. America is quick to blame the Russians, and mistrust escalates despite Ryan's certainty that other players are at work. He is right. Terrorists bent on provoking open war between the two nations are moving behind the scenes to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An implausible apocalypse without depth or resonance, a cartoon of international politics presented with no James Bond-like playfulness and with all the superficial realism money can buy."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A trite espionage thriller without the thrills but with a lingering measure of nausea."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"[Ben Affleck's] Jack Ryan is simply impossible to take seriously, and that's something the film could probably never survive."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"... Entertaining and far more relevant than most other action/adventure movies."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"Realizando um bom trabalho ao condensar o complexo livro de Clancy, o filme é tenso, inteligente e conta com fortes atuações de todo o elenco - inclusive de Affleck, que confere uma curiosa vulnerabilidade ao herói."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"I'm not saying Affleck is in way over his head, but a scuba tank and swim fins might come in handy."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"The Sum of All Fears is almost impossible to follow -- and there's something cringe-inducing about seeing an American football stadium nuked as pop entertainment."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Generic action film not good for kids, or anyone."
‑ Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
"So don't worry, take in a matinee."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"It's a tired premise, and it's got its flaws, but the present talent makes it worthwhile."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Affleck merely creates an outline for a role he still needs to grow into, a role that Ford effortlessly filled with authority."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Phil Alden Robinson, who directed from a script by Paul Attanasio and Daniel Pyne, is an accomplished craftsman, but his movie has been upstaged by the sum of our fears."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Though this political adventure requires substantial suspension of disbelief, the witty script and mature approach keep the film on track. [Blu-Ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Has enough clichés and cut-out characters to condemn it to mediocrity."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"I didn't believe for a moment in these villains or their plot."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
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