White House Down
White House Down (2013)

The White House is under siege in this action thriller from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich and The Amazing Spider-Man's writer James Vanderbilt in this Sony Pictures release. Channing Tatum stars. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 5, 2013
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: White House Down benefits from the leads' chemistry, but director Roland Emmerich smothers the film with narrative clichés and choppily edited action.

Wesley Morris

White House Down is terrible. The acting? The effects? The villainy? All bad. The politics are a hot mess.

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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times

Instant blockbuster camp.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

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.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

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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Ray Pride

This isn't a Guilty Pleasure, just a pleasure.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

It's Independence Day without the aliens and a president partial to Air Jordans.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Matt Goodman
Olympus Has Fallen did it better
Al S
White House Down is Die Hard at the white house in ways only Olympus Has Fallen could imagine, where that film failed, this one totally succeeds. A… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
Compared to what Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart offered in 'Olympus Has Fallen', what Roland Emmerich, Channing Tatum, and Jamie Foxx try to offer in… More
Julie B
Oh, WHD. You so wanted to be Die Hard.
jay nixon
Could be one of the stupidest, most nonsensical movies ever made. Usually competent actors ham it up to no avail.
Cynthia S.
A weak, politically themed, shoot-em-up. Lots of special effects. Lots of weapons, from handguns to nukes...this one has them all. It, also, has a stupid story… More