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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 theAll 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. 88
    A first-rate, slam-bang action thriller with a lot of style and no little humor.
  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. 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.
  4. Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage inject tasty bits of personality into their roles.
  5. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    50
    The presence of Connery is pure balm, purring those Celtic tones like smoky single-malt Scotch.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Buried under an avalanche of action. (1996 June 7, pg. D1)
  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: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  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. Expand
  2. Tagol
    Jun 29, 2007
    10
    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 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
  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. Expand
  4. Jul 22, 2011
    8
    Michael Bay's second and second best film. Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage work really good together, and Ed Harris is great as usual. Since itMichael Bay's second and second best film. Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage work really good together, and Ed Harris is great as usual. Since it is a Michael Bay/Jerry Bruckheimer film, it has it's share of big explosions and fast edited shots. Good story and acting all the way around. A much better effort for Michael Bay this time around then Bad Boys. Expand
  5. Apr 22, 2014
    8
    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 andThe 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
  6. Jul 14, 2015
    8
    The Rock is Michael Bay's best film without a doubt. The action is great and the plot doesn't get too out of hand. The movie is fun as hellThe Rock is Michael Bay's best film without a doubt. The action is great and the plot doesn't get too out of hand. The movie is fun as hell and the cast is excellent. Nick Cage was becoming one of the biggest action stars of the 90's and Sean Connery was well established, even legendary. After watching this film it makes me miss Connery a bit, I thought he was amazing. There are also a few laughs to be had throughout the film. If you are a action fan please check out The Rock even if you aren't a fan of Michael Bay's other movies. Expand
  7. WilliamO.
    Jan 18, 2009
    0
    On of the worst movies ever. Unrealistic in almost all aspects , it screams Hollywood cliche at every corner. The Bad Guys are sophisticated 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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