• Release Date: Feb 10, 2006
Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 38
  2. Negative: 6 out of 38
  1. 75
    An ingenious attempt to update an old plot with new technology, and it is made with competence, skillful acting, and the ability to make us feel cleverer about digital stuff than we really are.
  2. 75
    A thriller with enough of the right ingredients to provide a couple hours of escapism.
  3. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    75
    Overall, it's a satisfying example of the classic thriller, with a nifty digital update for these times.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    There's almost nothing you haven't seen before in this slick, preposterous, but occasionally exciting thriller. An angry Ford absorbs, and dishes out, massive punishment for a fellow his age, while Virginia Madsen is sadly wasted as his wife.
  5. 67
    It's the wrestling match between the banker and the bad guy that fuels the audience's adrenaline.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    63
    This movie, an efficient time-passer at least until the plot starts obsessing over the fate of the family dog, is more into gadgets than people.
  7. The amount of enjoyment one gets out of the Harrison Ford crime-action thriller Firewall depends on one's tolerance for watching thugs terrify an innocent family for most of the movie.
  8. 60
    There's just not enough of Forster, who has a small role as Ford's work colleague and confidant. ..Sometimes star quality shines out from the corners of a movie, and not from the center.
  9. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    The director, Richard Loncraine, doesn't generate much tension in Firewall's first half...The standard-issue climax is pretty exciting, though.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    Firewall begins slowly, exhibits hints of promise in the middle and then descends into silliness.
  11. 50
    As a thriller, Firewall is flabby and familiar.
  12. 50
    Although a happy ending is preordained, at least Joe Forte's script takes the less-obvious route there.
  13. Ford, soon to be eligible for Medicare, gives his entire performance without losing his breath or changing his expression, and Bettany, a British actor whose pasty complexion won him the role of Silas the Albino in the coming "The Da Vinci Code," is an apt tormentor cum foil of his prey.
  14. For a while, Firewall whips up the accordant dollops of suspense and dread, but it's not long before the timely issue of identity theft takes a backseat to old-fashioned Hollywood villainy, unnecessary (and nonsensical) red herrings, and STUFF THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.
  15. I like it for the thing it is, a reasonably solid B movie, and I like it as one in the continuum of bizarre Ford vehicles that combine high-stakes action with household horror.
  16. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Firewall might be worth renting on an inclement weekend when the pickings are slim. It does have some tense moments - even if some of the technical plot points don't quite scan. But, overall, it just feels like a rehash.
  17. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    A movie like this needs a suave, amoral villain, so here's Paul Bettany.
  18. 50
    Firewall’s predictable second half betrays the film's early promise.
  19. It starts off with a slick split-screen bang, but this high tech heist thriller is like a For Dummies guide to the genre.
  20. It disrespects Seattle. Not only is this yet another filmed-in-Vancouver movie that's supposed to be set here, it takes place in a blinding rainstorm of the kind only a Hollywood rain machine can make. As we all know, it never rains like that in Seattle.
  21. 50
    We spend too much time with the kidnappers - a veritable Geek Squad of undifferentiated techies - as each successive escape attempt is foiled and our eyes are warped by abundant shots of computer screens and grainy surveillance-camera footage.
  22. For though it is a reasonable facsimile of a successful thriller, this film (named after a barrier that protects computers from hackers) never manages to be more than mildly effective.
  23. Manages to entertain mildly only because it traffics in all the familiar action-movie clichés, giving moviegoers ample opportunity to test their action-movie I.Q.
  24. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    50
    One of the many disappointments of Firewall is how it squanders its own cast. Good character actors, including Robert Forster and Alan Arkin, are wasted--literally, in some cases, as the body count piles up.
  25. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    50
    To make something like Firewall good, you have to make it at least a little bit new--or add more than an unending patter of rain and techno-talk.
  26. Harrison Ford carries this talky, formulaic thriller by virtue of his authority, culled from years in front of the camera, but his performance can't obscure the obvious plot machinations.
  27. 50
    Everything here is a known quantity except one question that could have been inspired by a Tootsie Roll Pop commercial: How many twists does it take to finally, at long last, get to the predictable ending?
  28. It's disconcerting to see Virginia Madsen, who was so marvelous in her 2004 comeback role in "Sideways" reduced to playing the terrified wife here.
  29. Firewall does more to destroy my desire to see a new Indiana Jones movie than anything the aging process could conjure.
  30. Reviewed by: Tony Horkins
    40
    Covers disappointingly predictable territory for an actor of Ford's skills and reputation.
  31. As used cars go, the latest and possibly last Harrison Ford thriller, Firewall, is no deal: It runs rough, stalls frequently, smells like the stale sweat of four dozen older movies, and handles like a blind mule.
  32. Flagging energy isn't the only issue here; Ford has become enslaved in his own cliches.
  33. 38
    The kind of thriller whose ridiculous climax hinges on a hitherto undisclosed GPS tracking device in a dog's collar - an appropriate touch in a movie that's more than a little flea-ridden itself.
  34. 38
    The charismatic Rajskub, who played a prickly computer geek on TV's "24," has nothing to do as Jack's loyal secretary.
  35. Reviewed by: John Migliore
    38
    Clichés are often a big part of what makes suspense films enjoyable. But Firewall goes out of its way to promise something more than business as usual, and then makes no attempt whatsoever to deliver.
  36. Its execution is stultifying, laughable and ultimately a little offensive.
  37. Before Firewall crumbles into foolishness, Harrison Ford and Paul Bettany make an oft-recycled plot look like a stylish model that just rolled out of a showroom.
  38. Firewall is a witless entertainment, and a derivative one, too; it's everything listless about Hollywood in February, everything discardable about the genre in general.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. Jan 16, 2014
    6
    Firewall was an entertaining movie but at time it just seemed to drag on for no reason other than to pad out the run time. Harrison Ford'sFirewall was an entertaining movie but at time it just seemed to drag on for no reason other than to pad out the run time. Harrison Ford's performance along with his co-star Paul Bettany were the saving grace for this movie. Paul Bettany played Bill Cox a bank robber forcing Ford's character Jack Stanfield to rob the bank that he runs security for. The plot is interesting to watch but the novelty of all the computer skills runs dry leaving the movie to run on the performances of the actors which stay strong through out the entire film. We get to see the multiple sides there are to Bill Cox which just made his character even more intense with the knowledge that he could snap at any moment and do anything to anyone including his own men. Firewall is definitely worth watching even if it is just to see Harrison Ford. Full Review »
  2. Jan 22, 2012
    3
    This movie is so bland and uninteresting that it is more akin to 'Drywall'. Bad puns aside -- Firewall is a film written so badly that when itThis movie is so bland and uninteresting that it is more akin to 'Drywall'. Bad puns aside -- Firewall is a film written so badly that when it isn't being ham-fisted, contrived nonsense, it is being unintentionally hilarious. Many scenes (particularly in the first act) exist purely as convenient set-up, forcing the plot into jarring, unnatural places. The movie is also filled with many ludicrous implausibilities and plot holes, resulting in such a broken mess of a screenplay that the only way the writers could see fit to conclude the film was with a deus ex machina. Which, I might add, is so bafflingly stupid that it is almost an insult to the audience. If there's nothing else to do for an hour and a half, Firewall may suffice; just don't expect anything more than standard Hollywood drivel. Full Review »
  3. StuartG
    Mar 1, 2008
    5
    Ford will die in this role but he's what keeps the often hard- to- swallow story plodding forward-- at times it is suspenseful. Ford will die in this role but he's what keeps the often hard- to- swallow story plodding forward-- at times it is suspenseful. Technology is the other familiar character (no nomination here however). Full Review »