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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 43
  2. Negative: 7 out of 43
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 27, 2013
    100
    There may be better examples of cinematic art in 2013, but for a good time at the movies, it's hard to imagine anything beating this action extravaganza, from director Roland Emmerich, about a very Obama-like president.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jun 26, 2013
    75
    You couldn’t ask for a more fun summer popcorn movie than White House Down.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jun 25, 2013
    70
    Itself owing much to such lone-man-of-action hallmarks as “Die Hard” and “Speed,” this welcome throwback to an earlier, more generously entertaining era of summer blockbusters delivers a wide array of close-quarters combat and large-scale destruction, all grounded in an immensely appealing star turn by Channing Tatum and ace support from imperiled POTUS Jamie Foxx.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jun 28, 2013
    60
    Even as the story accrues preposterousness, the action moves along crisply, and Tatum and Foxx hit a nice buddy-movie vibe.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 28, 2013
    58
    Tatum muscles his way through the role with panache, while Foxx never gets a chance to break loose.
  6. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jun 28, 2013
    50
    This sloppy mess also pales in comparison to the better-paced, taut "Olympus Has Fallen," which represents 2013's better White House invasion story.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jun 27, 2013
    0
    [A] cartoonish, offensive, overblown, clanging, steaming piece of ... cinema.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 60
  2. Negative: 17 out of 60
  1. Jan 24, 2014
    9
    This is a must watch movie for anyonw who loves action and explosions.
    Channing Tatum does a great job and Jamie Foxx is a great fake
    president.
    hopefully people will not look at the overall average for this move and think there are some better films out there, they should watch this
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  2. Nov 6, 2013
    8
    White House Down is one of those movies that is hard not to enjoy, its filled with action, an intriguing plot, and some comedy here and there. Channing Tatum and Jamie Fox do a great job as the main characters. This is one of the best action movies of 2013, and is a complete joy to watch. Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2013
    7
    Olympus has Fallen does something that White House Down never even thinks of doing, it tries to make sense of an impossible situation. While Olypmus has fallen is failing to persuade you that it isn't a generic thriller, White House Down is having fun and you are too. When armed terrorists seize the White House, visitor John Cale (Channing Tatum) is forced to protect President Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) and try to rescue his daughter Emily (Joey King) from them. The film is big, unpretentious fun which emulates the original Die Hard, not just in story but in its tone. White House Down is funny and has a cast clearly revelling in the experience. Tatum is a good Willis replacement and he shares great chemistry with Foxx who provides most of the films comedy. Directed by Roland Emmerich, the director of other big budget actioners such as 2012 and Independence Day, White House Down isn't subtle, its in your face and it never really slows down as everything is thrown at you at a break neck pace. Filled with cliches aplenty this is big budget B movie film making at its best. Emmerich manages to twist formulas to keep things trundling along as well as display the action in a new and interesting way. The films script by James Vanderbilt isn't terrible but there are more than a few dodgy lines hidden throughout the film. Clearly Emmerich is trying to display himself as a storyteller and while White House Down has a good story and is a gripping thriller it is a completely recycled tale that just follows an outline, an outline laid out by one of the best action films made making it entertaining action but nowhere near original. Expand
  4. Jan 3, 2014
    6
    Yes it's better than Olympus Has Fallen, but not by a lot.
    You probably know the plot already, a bunch of terrorists (sort of) take over the
    White House and one man, Channing Tatum in this case, must save the day. By way of leading men in action movies Channing Tatum does pretty well, he is obviously modelling his character on Bruce Willis from Die Hard but he does it well and stays likable the whole way through. However it's really President Django (Jamie Foxx) who steals the show and delivers one of my favorite movie portrayals of any President ever. Those two team up too defeat the bad guys and save the day, (quoting Jeremy Jahns) and now we have our movie. It's very cheesy and borrows too much from Die Hard, but it's a popcorn action flick what do you expect? As long as there are lots of explosions and it's exciting White House Down has done what it set out too do.
    Much like Michael Bay's only good movie The Rock, White House Down is enjoyable as long as you are prepared for dumb and totally unrealistic it is.
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  5. Dec 18, 2013
    5
    White House Down certainly provides plenty of mindless entertainment as well as a nice chemistry between Tatum and Foxx, but it is bloated, shoddily edited, predictable and tonally confused where goofy and cartoonish humour is placed upon seriousness, making the film uneven. In the end, it is an enjoyable yet flawed film. Expand
  6. Lyn
    Feb 23, 2014
    3
    Channing Tatum does OK and there are some nifty explosions. That's about it for the upside. The rest consists of plot cliches, cultural cliches and political cliches, all rolled into a story that's silly and predictable. Of special note is the dumb casting of Maggie Gyllenhaal (usually good!) as a woman who's supposed to be a tightly wound, briskly organized, savvy security wonk. MG lolls around the role, playing her like an apathetic Beverly Hills shop girl who kinda sorta wants to sell something to one of the Kardashians. True, she's given some absurd dialogue, but her laconic delivery just makes it all that much more ridiculous. Expand
  7. Oct 2, 2013
    0
    White House Down was okay at the start, but in the end, all we have is just another mindless action movie with a pathetic plot. First of all, the terrorists are not interesting, they are just a bunch of P.M.Cs, nothing else. Second of all, the CGI sucks, this is 2013! And the plot also sucks, it is simply running around, shooting P.M.Cs and run n gun again, feels a lot like a CoD third person gameplay video. The action is okay in this movie but it is simply mindless. I prefer Olympus Has Fallen to this crap. Expand

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