The Sum of All Fears
The Sum of All Fears (2002)

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,… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 31, 2002
DVD Release Date: October 29, 2002
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A slick and well-made thriller that takes on new weight due to the current political climate.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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 Atkinson
Village Voice

A trite espionage thriller without the thrills but with a lingering measure of nausea.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The Sum of All Fears is ultimately a decent Ryan adventure that could (and should) have been so much better...

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

I'm not saying Affleck is in way over his head, but a scuba tank and swim fins might come in handy.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

[Ben Affleck's] Jack Ryan is simply impossible to take seriously, and that's something the film could probably never survive.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Affleck merely creates an outline for a role he still needs to grow into, a role that Ford effortlessly filled with authority.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media

Generic action film not good for kids, or anyone.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
The Jack Ryan books by Tom Clancy have been very popular among readers of techno thrillers, and I've read plenty of Clancy's books. They are well… More
Conner Rainwater
Just nothing special compared to the very entertaining Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. This felt more like a Michael Bay interpretation of a… More
Manu Gino
27,000 Nuclear Weapons. One Is Missing. Saw it again! Good Film! Sum of All Fears is an enjoyable thriller and the type of movie the Hollywood studios have… More
Thomas Bowler
ben affleck has proved once and for all that he should stick to the two things he IS good at, directing and writing. whilst morgan freeman and that guy from… More
Kevin M. Williams
A conspiracy to ignite total war between Russia and America is met by a new screen Jack Ryan played by Ben Affleck in an attempt to invest new life into the… More
JY Skacto
Phil Alden Robinson, who only has a few movies on his directing resume at this time, creates a decent adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel, <i>The Sum of… More