Rising Sun
Rising Sun (1993)

Based on a Michael Crichton best-seller, Philip Kaufman's look at power, corruption and lies in Japanese-owned corporate America follows veteran-cop John Connor (Sean Connery) and his rookie partner Web Smith (Wesley Snipes) as they… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 30, 1993
DVD Release Date: June 20, 2000
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

It would be nice to see Connery doing something intrinsically interesting instead of trying to make something inherently dull entertaining. And it would be good to see Snipes cut loose more than he is able to here.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I found it pretty entertaining, as well as provocative in some of its comments about contemporary life.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It never rises past a second-rate thriller.

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David Ansen

As the plot grows more intricate, strangely the tension dissipates, until finally the movie just seems to run out of breath.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Kaufman's PC adaptation falls awkwardly between the conventions of the Hollywood conspiracy thriller and something intended as more artily significant.

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Emanuel Levy

Kaufman's film is flawed. but not as bad as critics claim-- charges of racism made this adaptation controversial even before it was seen.

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Todd McCarthy

When working in genre territory before, the idiosyncratic Kaufman has shown a marked tendency to debunk or subvert conventions. Playing it straight here, he brings little to the table.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

It directs attention not to the internal reasons for America's economic problems, but to inscrutable, generalized, unknown others from abroad, whose yellow skins and strange manners announce their evil purposes as much as their unfair trade practices.

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Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

What should have been a tense political thrilling blockbuster, ends up a wasted effort with a limp storyline that once again fails to give the book justice.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
Entertaining. A whodunit that keeps you on your toes by sending the viewer down wrong paths as you try to determine who the killer is. Sean Connery usually… More
danny d
its been some time since ive seen this film but i remember strangly liking the chemistry between snipes and connery. i wish snipes was still alive, he was… More
Tim Salmons
A decent mystery film, but not perfect by any means.
Dean McKenna
Director Phil Kaufman delivers an excellent somewhat confusing thriller based on Michael Crichton's novel that attempting to tone down the alleged… More
Film Crazy
i love sean connery and thought this movie ws quite good to be honest! Its a good action thriller with a few good twists and turns and its even funy as well in… More
xGary Xx
The usual mix of culture clash/buddy movie/cheesy cop thriller based around Japanese businessmen operating in america. Simplistic and casually racist.