Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 40
    Feels overlong and underscripted.
  2. 75
    Jewison's focus on the Canadians' dogged do-gooderism might have actually prevented a good movie from being a great one.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    (Washington's is) an astonishing performance, partly because it's so devoid of histrionics, and it has Oscar nomination written all over it.
  4. The rest of this well-intentioned picture never reaches (Washington's) level of subtlety and intensity.
  5. 70
    The narrative--a complex structure of flashbacks and shifts in perspective that's part inspirational story, part courtroom drama, part character study, part exposé--never makes it seem that history is being oversimplified.
  6. 88
    This is one of Denzel Washington's great performances, on a par with his work in "Malcolm X."
  7. Both the movie and Denzel Washington are knockouts.
  8. The story is so important and compelling that you wish Jewison had treated it more as an urgent wake-up call than a by-the-numbers morality play.
  9. Reviewed by: M. V. Moorhead
    40
    (Washington's) performance is halfhearted, soft.
  10. Washington immerses himself, even more than he did in "Malcolm X," in a stare of unforgiving outrage.
  11. 70
    An often affecting, if standard-issue, Hollywood biopic.
  12. 90
    This is the deepest of Jewison's three racially themed films, the other two being "In the Heat of the Night" and "A Soldier's Story."
  13. With power, intensity, remarkable range and an ability to disturb that is both unnerving and electric, it is more than Washington's most impressive part.
  14. 75
    Milks Carter's story for maximum "inspirational" value, and at times the movie skirts dangerously close to afterschool-special territory.
  15. Washington can bank on an Oscar nomination for the most forceful work of his career.
  16. 88
    An expertly crafted, deeply moving film.
  17. Reviewed by: Kevin Stuart
    70
    The dedication of the Canadian team strains belief at times, and for good reason.
  18. Washington blows you away. To say he gives the performance of his career is an understatement.
  19. 91
    This is some of the finest acting you will see on-screen, maybe ever. Single-handedly, Washington turns The Hurricane from so-so to must-see.
  20. (Washington) raises it to the level of importance with an acting job that's one unbroken chain of intense emotion.
  21. What remains is Washington's volcanic and contemplative work at the core of a film packed to the rafters with raging bull.
  22. Jewison handles this rich tapestry of non-linear scenes with the skill of the old pro he is, and carefully modulates the drama to create the maximum emotional impact.
  23. Washington leans into an otherwise schlocky movie and slams it out of the ballpark.
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    In Washington's finely shaded performance he's a low-pressure system, illuminated by distant flashes of lightning.
  25. Reviewed by: Morgan Fouch
    90
    One of year's most thought-provoking and soul-stirring films.
  26. 60
    The material is inherently compelling and anchored by Washington's performance.
  27. 88
    Epic in nearly every way, The Hurricane has the power to blow you away.
  28. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    80
    In what's easily his most zealous and fully realized performance since "Malcolm X," Washington elevates the earnest, occasionally simplistic narrative to the level of a genuinely touching moral expose.
  29. Brilliantly played by Denzel Washington
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Nov 22, 2014
    9
    This is a great movie. Denzel Washington released several classic movies around the time this one came out. Remember the Titans came out aThis is a great movie. Denzel Washington released several classic movies around the time this one came out. Remember the Titans came out a year later. I don't think anyone could have played Hurricane Carter better than Denzel. He's the perfect choice. I already knew the jist of the Rubin Carter's story before I watched the film adaptation but it was nice to get a visual of what it is like to be falsely imprisoned. Full Review »
  2. Jul 6, 2014
    8
    Overall, this one is a very good film featuring a stellar performance from Denzel Washington, as expected. This one is an interesting mix ofOverall, this one is a very good film featuring a stellar performance from Denzel Washington, as expected. This one is an interesting mix of genres, all of which are used very well. In addition, the film is just very inspirational. At times, it can teeter to being a bit too cheesy, but the most part, everything here is clicking. This one is very moving at times and Washington does a great job playing the sympathetic character and really makes you feel horrible for the situation he found himself in. Now, the film does not appear to be an overly accurate portrayal of facts, but as it is a film, that is too be expected. The only thing that really stuck out that bothered me was there were some things that were odd, namely connections between events that were never made. There are not many of these, but they are crucial enough to be worth mentioning. In spite of that, however, The Hurricane is a very well made and brilliantly acted film that will undoubtedly move you. Full Review »
  3. Mar 25, 2013
    8
    I have no idea whether The Hurricane was guilty or not (in real life the story was different than presented in the movie), but Mr. Denzel madeI have no idea whether The Hurricane was guilty or not (in real life the story was different than presented in the movie), but Mr. Denzel made his "character" in the movie lively and sympathetic with his outstanding performance. Overall the story is good and rather staightforward, driven by Mr. Denzel Washington's powerful performance. Worth a look. Full Review »