Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. 88
    It's a popcorn-movie deluxe.
  2. 88
    A first-rate, slam-bang action thriller with a lot of style and no little humor.
  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    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.
  9. 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.
  10. Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage inject tasty bits of personality into their roles.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Buried under an avalanche of action. (1996 June 7, pg. D1)
  12. The Rock is just typical big American dumb fun.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    The presence of Connery is pure balm, purring those Celtic tones like smoky single-malt Scotch.
  15. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    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.
  16. A violence-intoxicated, far-fetched, morally corrupt drama.
  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

Generally favorable reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Jan 19, 2011
    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 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. paull
    Aug 16, 2008
    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 »
  3. Jul 22, 2011
    yup i find it hard to believe but micheal bay did actaully at one point make a good movie . that would be the Rock. might be that he had some great actors like sean connery and ed harris and others ... also nick cage didnt do to bad eather . its a fun action packed fun ride having alkatraze prison takin over by some ex military soldiers seekin restitution for fallen solders who did not get the credit they deserved for dieing for there country . the govermnet seeks the help from a lab rat FBI agent and a old prisoner with a mysterous past . its actaully all blends together well the action the story and the acting by ed harris who does frank hummel was great . why cant bay make fun films like this instead of crap like transformers and perl harbor. Full Review »