Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Edvins Beitiks
    75
    It's fast-moving, it's got fine special effects, the hero and heroine are pure and quick-thinking, the bad people die badly, and the script draws its fair share of laughs.
  2. 60
    A spectacular natural disaster spiraling out of control, a crime gone wrong and a poor jerk caught in the middle: Yes, it's a standard action-picture recipe. But what a difference a cast makes.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Collins
    60
    A rollicking cat-and-mouse thriller in bad weather. And no dog.
  4. Salomon directed the silly but diverting action yarn, which benefits from the talents of Freeman, Quaid, Driver, and White.
  5. A stupid movie -- but a deliriously stupid movie, which gives it a certain grandeur.
  6. The characters don't stay still long enough for the audience to worry about them. The high-priced actors (Freeman is especially wasted) are so much flotsam in the big water-tank action scenes.
  7. A well-cast disaster movie more notable for special effects and stunts than for credible drama.
  8. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    A waterlogged would-be thriller deep-sixed by its misguided notion of high concept. [12 January 1998, p. 63]
  9. The film suggests Titanic in a giant wading pool.
  10. 40
    A better disaster movie than it is a thriller.
  11. 38
    It's not just about a disaster, it is a disaster.
  12. 30
    A nearly affectless Christian Slater, who carries a co-producing credit and seems to have lost his charisma along with his sneer, plays Tom, an armored-car guard who plays hide-and-seek with a gang of thieves, all of whom, outside of ringleader Jim (Morgan Freeman), are instantly forgettable.
  13. This documentary-like realism, alas, only underlines the preposterousness of its plot with its torrent of contrived, credibility-defying cliffhangers.
  14. The movie's chief crime against the planet, other than the sheer wastage of time, is the trivializing of the great Freeman. This actor has such dignity and depth and humanity, he almost makes the film watchable.
  15. 25
    One of those movies that never convince you its stories are really happening.
  16. 25
    Washed away by drippy plot. [16 January 1998, p. 4D]
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 13, 2011
    6
    It ticks all the right boxes for an action movie but it feels lacking in depth and slightly underwhelming in tone. It is enjoyable for around 30 mins then it becomes lame. The simplest description for this film is it is a mainstream film aiming to please all but ultimatel lacking in cinematic substance. It is certainly made for simple minds yet simple films are usually the most effective. This however is not very effective which is where my point lies. 55/100 Full Review »