Firewall

  • 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

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Critic Reviews

  1. 75
    A thriller with enough of the right ingredients to provide a couple hours of escapism.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 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.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 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 »