Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
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  1. 88
    A first-rate, slam-bang action thriller with a lot of style and no little humor.
  2. 88
    It's a popcorn-movie deluxe.
  3. 78
    The Guy Movie to end all Guy Movies, a ridiculously overblown summer testosterone blowout right down to the Wagnerian strains of the soundtrack and its stunningly high body count. It's also a hell of a lot of fun.
  4. 75
    Although not as expertly-crafted as "Die Hard" or "Speed," The Rock is exhausting in its own right -- and that's just one of several convincing reasons to see this film.
  5. A raucous, in-your-face, commando-style action thriller that makes provocative use of Alcatraz as a lunatic's lair and San Francisco as a sitting duck.
  6. Bay has two great assets in Connery and Cage. The special effects give The Rock a James Bondian feel so Connery's wry, world-weary devil-may-careishness looks right at home here.
  7. High-octane nonsense but gives both the actors and the audience all that's needed to make this diverting--car chases, wisecracks, narrow escapes, explosions.
  8. Seldom is it clearer that a film is nothing more than high-gloss jokey escapism, or that when visual cliches are this relentless they become weirdly fascinating in their own right.
  9. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    This is a pure popcorn picture that benefits heavily from its trio of highly skilled, charismatic leading thesps, an unusual setting that provides plenty of visual stimulation, and a confrontational standoff that actually stems from a legitimately provocative premise.
  10. Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage inject tasty bits of personality into their roles.
  11. Slick and forceful, largely unconcerned with character, eager for any opportunity to pump up the volume both literally and metaphorically, The Rock is the kind of efficient entertainment that is hard to take pleasure in.
  12. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    50
    The presence of Connery is pure balm, purring those Celtic tones like smoky single-malt Scotch.
  13. The Rock is just typical big American dumb fun.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Buried under an avalanche of action. (1996 June 7, pg. D1)
  15. A violence-intoxicated, far-fetched, morally corrupt drama.
  16. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    40
    It's an action junkie's angry fix -- 130 minutes of sound and fury, signifying nothing but big bucks and boundless contempt for viewer intelligence.
  17. 30
    If, at odd moments, The Rock is better than tolerable, it is usually because of its stars.
  18. Can a mild-mannered toxicologist and an eccentric Alcatraz veteran stop him before it's too late? Learning the answer means sitting through more than two hours of violence, vulgarity, and all-around excess, served up with high-tech trimmings by director Michael Bay.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 135 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Jan 19, 2011
    10
    I have to disagree WilliamO. You have to understand that this movie was made in the 90's, back then the movies weren't as good as they areI have to disagree WilliamO. You have to understand that this movie was made in the 90's, back then the movies weren't as good as they are now. Also the movie shows what goes on in the marines mind, what they think should happen. Over all "The Rock" is and will always be my number one movie. This movie is Michael Bay's best movie besides transformers. Full Review »
  2. Jul 20, 2013
    10
    Never thought Michael Bay could make a movie like this, a classic!
    Watch this even if you are not a Michael Bay fan, it deserves your
    Never thought Michael Bay could make a movie like this, a classic!
    Watch this even if you are not a Michael Bay fan, it deserves your attention, there's nothing more I can say.
    Full Review »
  3. paull
    Aug 16, 2008
    10
    Geese ciritc do take sthings serouisly about the movie being bad but THIS is a good action movie with the breakthrough of nicolas cage and Geese ciritc do take sthings serouisly about the movie being bad but THIS is a good action movie with the breakthrough of nicolas cage and sean connery. They had great chemistry. Full Review »