White House Down
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"White House Down is terrible. The acting? The effects? The villainy? All bad. The politics are a hot mess."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"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."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Instant blockbuster camp."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"Ridiculous as it is both thematically and action-wise, the film is a ton of fun, and much better than most of what director Roland Emmerich has put out there over the years"
‑ Stephen Silver, EntertainmentTell
"While the film is exactly as silly as Olympus Has Fallen...it admittedly has a lot more fun with the cheeseball, post-9/11 patriotism that underlies the lark. That's the real saving grace for a film that is essentially a carbon of a carbon of a carbon."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"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."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"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."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"This isn't a Guilty Pleasure, just a pleasure."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Directed by Roland Emmerich (the guy who blew up the White House once before in Independence Day), it has that old-school buddy action vibe, but it falls just short of really working."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"Where Emmerich consistently distinguishes himself from obvious contemporaries like Transformers maestro Michael Bay is that, in his films, patriotism never equals prejudice."
‑ Tom Clift, Moviedex
"It's Independence Day without the aliens and a president partial to Air Jordans."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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."
‑ Tyler Hanley, Palo Alto Weekly
""Dumb" doesn't do it justice"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"This is a ludicrously contrived thriller that's also a guilty pleasure because the actors refuse to take things seriously."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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