The Sum of All Fears

Why are three missing Russian nuclear scientists holed up in the Ukraine, communicating with neo-Nazis? CIA agent Jack Ryan (Ben Affleck) digs up more information than the U.S. government is willing to accept. As bombs kill thousands in Chechnya and the U.S., Ryan races against time to prevent all-out nuclear war. Based on the novel by Tom Clancy, this high-intensity technothriller co-stars Morgan Freeman.
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An implausible apocalypse without depth or resonance, a cartoon of international politics presented with no James Bond-like playfulness and with all the superficial realism money can buy.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune  full review
I'm not saying Affleck is in way over his head, but a scuba tank and swim fins might come in handy.
Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
Affleck merely creates an outline for a role he still needs to grow into, a role that Ford effortlessly filled with authority.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
A trite espionage thriller without the thrills but with a lingering measure of nausea.
Michael Atkinson, Village Voice  full review
The Sum of All Fears is almost impossible to follow -- and there's something cringe-inducing about seeing an American football stadium nuked as pop entertainment.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper  full review
Has something to disappoint nearly every constituency to which it appeals.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
One that bombs literally and figuratively.
Desson Thomson, Washington Post
It's a movie that, frankly, I could not recommend to a friend, and yet I find no fault in the filmmaking.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
The Sum of All Fears pretends to be a serious exploration of nuclear terrorism, but it's really nothing more than warmed-over Cold War paranoia.
Charles Taylor,  full review
Watching this film, we can't shake our fears that we may be witnessing a version of our own previously unthinkable future.
Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
This engrossing, characteristically complex Tom Clancy thriller is shifty in the manner in which it addresses current terrorism anxieties and sidesteps them at the same time.
Jan Stuart, Newsday  full review
It's a testament to how effective The Sum of All Fears really is that it sends you home feeling more scared than you were before.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald  full review
Toward the end Sum of All Fears morphs into a mundane '70s disaster flick.
Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle  full review
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