The Towering Inferno
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie doesn't stick together in one's head; this thing is like some junky fairground show -- a chamber of horrors with skeletons that jump up."
‑ Pauline Kael, New Yorker
"A starry cast share out roles that are less like characters than places in a lifeboat."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Despite the best efforts of most of those involved, the film never takes off as more than just a remarkable collection of glossy violence."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Featuring an all-star cast (Paul Newman, Steve McQueen), the movie delivers the goods of a well-crafted disaster flick, but strangely, it was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Towering Inferno's glass-spangled erection burns with an uncontrollable lust for spectacle."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Irwin Allen, the Busby Berkeley of natural disasters and other people's troubles, teams up with John Guillermin, a competent if undistinguished action director."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"You may not come out of the theater with any important ideas about American architecture or enterprise, but you will have had a vivid, completely safe nightmare."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The result is everything a disaster movie should be, a combination of soap opera and the spectacle of destruction."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A Titanic tale of hubris...knot-in-the-stomach scary from the moment the fire gets out of control to the last-ditch heroics that come hours later. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"For pure disaster-time spectacle, the short list begins (and basically ends) with Poseidon and Inferno. They're time-capsule genre classics that just never get old."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The Towering Inferno is one of the greatest disaster pictures made, a personal and professional triumph for producer Irwin Allen."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The Towering Inferno is a brawny blockbuster of a movie, by far the best of the mid-1970s wave of disaster films."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Ironically, there's now something almost comforting about the way the film sticks to formula, but the action is still authentically thrilling."
‑ , Film4
"break out the popcorn, sit back, and enjoy a galaxy of stars picking up their fat paychecks and having a great time. They absolutely don't make 'em like this anymore"
‑ Don Willmott,
"Scared me as a kid. Bored me as an adult."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
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