All that moviemaking money, plus all those gadgets, plus Ben Affleck: It doesn't add up to very much. full review
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. full review
I'm not saying Affleck is in way over his head, but a scuba tank and swim fins might come in handy.
Affleck merely creates an outline for a role he still needs to grow into, a role that Ford effortlessly filled with authority.
A trite espionage thriller without the thrills but with a lingering measure of nausea. 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. full review
Phil Alden Robinson, who directed from a script by Paul Attanasio and Daniel Pyne, is an accomplished craftsman, but his movie has been upstaged by the sum of our fears. full review
Has something to disappoint nearly every constituency to which it appeals.
One that bombs literally and figuratively.
The explosion essentially ruined -- or, rather, overpowered -- the fiction of the movie for me. 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. full review
The film -- based on one of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, published in 1991 -- is excellent, both intelligent and thoughtful in its approach to a touchy subject and not the least bit exploitative or opportunistic. full review
Watching this film, we can't shake our fears that we may be witnessing a version of our own previously unthinkable future.
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. 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. full review
Toward the end Sum of All Fears morphs into a mundane '70s disaster flick. full review
Bold, imaginative, rational and persuasive an account of the lethally dangerous world we live in, The Sum of All Fears is an international spy drama with visceral impact.
It's a movie that, frankly, I could not recommend to a friend, and yet I find no fault in the filmmaking. full review