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The sophomore film from former music video and commercial director Michael Bay, this fast-paced action yarn featured rapid-fire editing, a cutting-edge rock soundtrack and liberal use of shots awash in a haze of burnished hues, all trademarks of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. Nicolas Cage stars as Stanley Goodspeed, an FBI chemical weapons expert handed a unique assignment. Francis X. Hummel (Ed Harris), an insane Marine Corps general, has taken 81 tourists hostage on the abandoned island prison of Alcatraz. He and his men are threatening to bomb San Francisco with deadly gas… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There isn't a shot, scene or sequence in The Rock that doesn't move furiously, typically with colored lights flashing into our faces or onto those of the actors."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Since the plot is ridiculous, The Rock works best when it's most light-hearted."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The Rock is far from the worst movie that Bay's made, but given its roster of impressive performers and promising opening hour, it might just the ADD-afflicted filmmaker's most disappointing."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Neither as cartoonish as Con Air, nor as sentimental as Armageddon, this most satisfying of blockbuster movies deserves further kudos for establishing Nicolas Cage as one of Hollywood's unlikeliest action heroes."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Makes up in one-liners for what it lacks in logic."
‑ , Total Film
"You might need to take Dramamine before entering a Michael Bay movie. The one-time music-video director has an annoying habit of finding the tightest shots, editing the heck out of them and scoring the works to loud music."
‑ Doug Thomas, Seattle Times
"If it's not the most awful thing I've ever seen, it's close enough to make me wince."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Connery and Cage are a compelling team and redeem the film from ruin despite the mechanical plot, an excessive body count and a miraculous recovery (you'll know it when you see it)."
‑ Chris Kridler, Baltimore Sun
"As relentlessly dumb and implausible as the Die Hard movies but even more entertaining, this loud and violent action film profits greatly from the galvanizing presence of Connery."
‑ , People Magazine
"San Francisco is awesomely beautiful, Connery is his traditionally comforting self and Cage is typically eccentric -- especially for an action hero."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"For action-adventure fans, it just doesn't get any better than The Rock."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The borrowings from other movies, going all the way back to the car chase in 1968's Bullitt, are heavy. But Bay has three leads to lend weight and dimension to characters who are hardly original and flatly written."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The movie's best asset is the old-fashioned, buddy-movie interplay between Cage and Connery - Cage as the frantic, white-collar lab technician who doesn't like guns, Connery as the weathered, resourceful old pro."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The filmmakers got suckered by their own high-tech effects, turning a potentially clever entertainment into yet another barrage of violence, vulgarity, and excess."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"The camera is always too close, and the editing extremely choppy, dizzyingly so."
‑ Rod Dreher, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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