Swordfish (2001)

Director Dominic Sena follows up his stylish action film Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) with this high-tech thriller. John Travolta stars as Gabriel Shear, a charismatic spy who plots to steal a multi-billion-dollar fortune in illegal government… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 8, 2001
DVD Release Date: October 30, 2001
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Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Swordfish is big on explosions, but critics dislike how it skimps on plot and logic. Also, the sight of a person typing at a computer just isn't that interesting.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Another in a long line of middling movies for Travolta.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

An action opera designed to elicit Beavis and Butt-head-level appreciation.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Cool explosions are the best thing here.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

The story ... is just what fills in the gaps between slow-motion fireballs, Matrix-style frozen mayhem, and Halle Berry's notoriously undraped breasts.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Nobody really cares about the plot, least of all the filmmakers.

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Cole Smithey

Good pacing and intriguing characters drive the overflowing testosterone blitz to an above average level of fun.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The sleazy script by Skip Woods ... slimes the actors.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

The kind of movie where glass-smashing in slow motion serves the same function as extended guitar solos did in '70s rock concerts.

Emanuel Levy

A techno thriller that suffers from narrative shortcomings but is elevated by the star power of John Travolta and Halle Berry and particularly Aussie actor Hugh Jackman who's bound to become a Hollywood star.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
"Swordfish" is talent, talent, and more talent, but nothing more sadly. Hugh Jackman, John Travolta, and Halle Barry are all enjoyable in their roles,… More
Jens S.
This may look like a shallow, Tony-Scott-esque actioner to the superficial viewer, but I found there was a lot more to it. First of all, the opening sequence in… More
Phil Hubbs
Possibly the stupidest movie title ever? we do find out why during the film but still. Possibly the stupidest look for Travolta? the most camp hairdo? gotta be… More
Kevin M. Williams
A computer hacker gets asked to do a really big job ... by the Mission: Impossible team. For those who don't remember, Mission: Impossible was a 60's… More
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] Like most star studded Hollywood movies that try to do something original or… More
Alex roy
Swordfish is the film thats famous for one thing, Halle Berry's first topless scene. The film has gotten more praise for that scene alone than the actual… More