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Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 11, 2014
    75
    Into the Storm is as straightforward a disaster film as you're likely to find.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 7, 2014
    75
    It's hard to imagine any movie ever topping this one's depiction of killer tornadoes laying waste to the Midwest.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Aug 7, 2014
    75
    The found-footage disaster flick Into the Storm is “Twister’’ for dummies, but by no means is that an insult. The new film is enormous fun if you’re in the right mood.
  4. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Aug 6, 2014
    67
    Into the Storm captures the magnificence of tornadoes, their awful beauty when they set down, the devastation they wreak, and the enormity of their consequences. The film features a rich array of well-developed characters – including the storm itself – which makes it ever more involving as it unfolds.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Aug 7, 2014
    63
    Bring on the bread and circuses. Into the Storm features laughable dialogue, far-fetched situations, and generic characters played by actors who almost look like more famous stars. I still had a blast; and if you lower your resistance, you may too.
  6. 63
    Not all of it makes sense, but for disaster movie fans, Into the Storm has enough destruction to go around.
  7. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Aug 7, 2014
    60
    Its story line and performances are no more than serviceable, but those terrible twisters are state of the art.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Aug 7, 2014
    60
    To give the film its full due, the people who made it — the writer, John Swetnam, and the director, Steven Quale — got wind of a genuine trend and ran with it. Everyone on screen is busy filming everyone else. It's a shakier-camera version of "The Blair Witch Project" in the era of YouTube.
  9. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Aug 7, 2014
    58
    The film barely services the main characters and their arcs, so there's really no room for the sort of delicate etching needed to make supporting characters live and breathe. The film is at its best when it embraces the goofy nature of disaster films in general, and when it gives the audience the red meat it craves so desperately.
  10. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Aug 6, 2014
    58
    Into The Storm is an uncanny valley disaster movie — not as consciously cheesy and cheap as something like "Sharknado 2," but built around a similar equation of unreality and gratification.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Aug 8, 2014
    50
    The structure and impressive effects of Into the Storm could keep viewers entertained on a rainy weekend evening but it’s the shallow, non-existent characterizations that keep it from working.
  12. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Aug 7, 2014
    50
    This film is actually less menacing than marveling, though a disturbing opening scene in a storm-tossed van could fit right into Mr. Quale’s earlier work.
  13. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 7, 2014
    50
    One-dimensional characters play second fiddle to the main event. Given the large cast of faceless players, it's hard to care when a few get sucked into oblivion.
  14. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Aug 7, 2014
    50
    If we don’t care a whit about the characters and their respective dilemmas, a multiple-vortex tornado ripping through a used car lot is just a multiple-vortex tornado ripping through a used car lot.
  15. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 7, 2014
    50
    Into the Storm plays like a special-effects demonstration in search of a movie, but you have to give it to the filmmakers: They take no half-measures.
  16. Reviewed by: Christopher Gray
    Aug 7, 2014
    50
    There are many instances of questionable logic in Into the Storm, but the most persistent is the film's unexplained assumption that tornado-hunting is a growth industry.
  17. 50
    As impressive as the effects can be, as effective as the blend of TV news helicopter POV shots, security camera footage, cell-phone video and storm chaser images mimicked here turn out, the human stories are given short shrift in this “spend our budget on effects” action picture.
  18. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Aug 6, 2014
    50
    As clumsy as Quale is with the sequences of people shouting exposition back and forth, or delivering teary Blair Witch-style goodbyes into a camera that would have died long before its operators, he handles the CGI action with breathless intensity.
  19. Reviewed by: Ed Frankl
    Sep 22, 2014
    40
    When you're pining for Bill Paxton and the relative emotional realism of Twister, you know you're in trouble.
  20. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Sep 22, 2014
    40
    Its destructive setpieces may loose the odd popcorn kernel on to the multiplex carpet, but it's really just an effects reel: the weather – cloudy wisps turning to massive, fiery hellblasts – is considerably better developed than its quarry. Stick with Twister.
  21. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Aug 8, 2014
    40
    Too cartoonish to be cathartic, and too ghoulish to be honest fun, Into the Storm is mostly a somewhat uncomfortable sit enlivened by occasional hilariousness.
  22. 40
    Into the Storm is at once one of the dumbest films you'll see this year and one of the scariest.
  23. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 7, 2014
    40
    Once Quale and writer John Swetnam get their generic setup out of the way, they can loosen up and treat the tornadoes like the villains they are. The effectively simulated storms, with their massive wreckage, start to feel like monsters stalking the heroes.
  24. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Aug 7, 2014
    40
    The script by John Swetnam is rudimentary, with only the most minimal and pallid stabs at characterization... Nevertheless, once the funnel clouds begin swirling, Quale and his special effects team achieve some remarkably authentic and frightening moments.
  25. 38
    Hollywood's latest entry in that tried-and-true genre, the disaster movie, is . . . well, it's like . . . a totally gnarly roller-coaster ride!
  26. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 7, 2014
    38
    Nobody watches a disaster movie starring digital tornadoes expecting Oscar Wilde. But Into the Storm, directed with bland efficiency by Steven Quayle of "Final Destination 5," reminds us that unless a movie establishes certain base-line levels of human interest, it runs the not-unentertaining risk of coming out squarely in favor of its own bad weather.
  27. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Aug 7, 2014
    37
    For all the movie’s grandiose annihilation, there also is action so absurd and emotion so saccharine that the likelihood of involuntary laughter is high.
  28. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Aug 7, 2014
    30
    At the climax of Into the Storm, colossal tornadoes make noise, blow things up, and go around in circles; that's pretty much all the film does, too.
  29. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Aug 7, 2014
    30
    Into the Storm can make it rain like nobody’s business, but when it tries to be smart, it comes out all wet.
  30. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Aug 8, 2014
    25
    If the film had been trimmed to 45 minutes of crazed storm-chasing and storm-fleeing, it might've been worth a matinee ticket. But as is, it's the sort of lazy late-summer idiocy you'd be wise to huddle beneath an overpass to avoid.
  31. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Aug 7, 2014
    25
    Many movies require us to turn off our brains, and many rely on clichés and/or coincidences. It takes a special kind of shamelessness to do both, and Into the Storm has that in spades.
  32. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Aug 7, 2014
    25
    Even within the spinning cylinder of mediocrity that is Into The Storm, there are some minor pleasures to be had. Those are mostly found in Walsh, who is probably best known for comedic supporting turns, but makes the most with what is nearly a leading man part here.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 37
  2. Negative: 6 out of 37
  1. Aug 8, 2014
    10
    This has the best Effects anyone could ask for, it could make you be afraid of storms like it did to me :) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Full Review »
  2. Aug 13, 2014
    6
    Into The Storm is the most intense storm film ever. Seriously. Gus Van Sant's Twister was a great achievement, a wonder for films. But Into The Storm is even better looking. But, it doesn't mean its good though. Steven Quale directs this film about people who get trapped inside a mind bending storm. The characters are something you don't care about in this movie. In fact you don't care about anything except the storm itself, destruction and the damn awesome special effects. This movie isn't excellent. Believe me. But it's good enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. Into The Storm is a gut wrenching ride. It's worth watching in IMAX 3D. Full Review »
  3. Aug 12, 2014
    7
    Into the Storm is exactly the movie I expected it to be- no more, no less. It is 90 minutes of a tornado ripping crap apart in the Midwest. It has flat characters that show no development, cliché after cliché, and a boring script. But who cares? That's not what this movie is about. It's about destruction, thrills, and good CGI, all of which it delivers on. Full Review »