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  • Summary: A traitorous Air Force major hijacks two nuclear warheads with the intent to extort money from the government. But his plans are complicated by his co-pilot and a park ranger determined to recover the Broken Arrow.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. 100
    Broken Arrow delivers the hippest action fun around. Travolta's "Dr. Strangelove" exit will blow you away. Ditto the movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Barry Walters
    88
    Broken Arrow isn't the ultimate fusion of Hong Kong surrealism and Hollywood realism, but it points the way to nerve-shattering possibilities.
  3. Reviewed by: Joey O'Bryan
    78
    A lively action picture with a spirited sense of humor, Broken Arrow is a great deal of fun, even if it isn't exactly a return to form for its celebrated director, former Hong Kong action auteur John Woo.
  4. John Woo directed this giddy, mindless jaunt with polish but only a modicum of personal investment from a script by Graham Yost.
  5. 50
    One fundamental problem with the movie is that John Travolta is seriously miscast as a nuclear terrorist. Say what you will about the guy, he doesn't come across as a heavy.
  6. Broken Arrow conforms faithfully to the tongue-in-cheek, post-Die Hard action genre, with the usual spectacularly choreographed action sequences and rudiments of a story line. Even considering the meagre demands of the genre, though, character and plot seem woefully underbaked and the reliance on improbable solutions soon makes the groans of incredulity outnumber the gasps. [9 Feb 1996, p.C1]
  7. 0
    Broken Arrow, a deafening, brain-deadening action thriller, takes a mighty blase approach to nuking Denver.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. May 22, 2014
    0
    Very possibly the most cliché-filled movie I have seen since Airplane or Naked Gun -- but this isn't supposed to be a comedy. Horrible acting synergizes with overused and predictable plot devices, and cheap, tawdry, slow-mo camera shots of pilots saluting as they walk into the hangar for a wretched, camp, inaccurate military "thriller" that fails to deliver. Watch this movie if you want to see something pathetic and embarrassing. Expand

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