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  • Summary: All of San Francisco is taken hostage when a vengeful general (Harris) seizes control of Alcatraz Island, threatening to launch missiles loaded with deadly poison gas. With time running out, only a young FBI chemical weapons expert (Cage) and a notorious federal prisoner (Connery) have the skills to penetrate the island fortress and defuse the lethal situation. (Buena Vista Entertainment) Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. 88
    It's a popcorn-movie deluxe.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage inject tasty bits of personality into their roles.
  5. The Rock is just typical big American dumb fun.
  6. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    The presence of Connery is pure balm, purring those Celtic tones like smoky single-malt Scotch.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  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. Expand
  2. Sep 7, 2014
    The Rock is a supercharged thrill ride that is one of the best action movies of the 90's.
  3. Sep 30, 2014
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  4. Tagol
    Jun 29, 2007
    Critics are stupid.At least de negative scores.This film is a GREAT action movie.I got a real pleasure watching it.Very good actors,good music,good story,good everything. Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. Apr 22, 2014
    The Rock is a fun time at the movies. It's implausible as hell, no doubt, but it's still thrilling. Its scenes of action are tense and well-edited. It might not contribute anything new to cinema, but it's still worthy of a watch or two. Michael Bay directed this one, so expect many an explosion. Expand
  7. WilliamO.
    Jan 18, 2009
    On of the worst movies ever. Unrealistic in almost all aspects , it screams Hollywood cliche at every corner. The Bad Guys are sophisticated and an deadly at the start, while the recue team is shown to be reminiscant of the Keystone cops, with the exception of the 2 men least suited for the Job. But when thesesame to go against the rest of the Island weare suddenly led to believe that the Bad guys are bumbling fools. Only an idiot would find this movie entertaining, Definetly one of Micheal Bay's worst. Expand

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