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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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Netflix Rating: 3.6
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 59%
Critics' score: 59   Audience score: 52   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

All that moviemaking money, plus all those gadgets, plus Ben Affleck: It doesn't add up to very much. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

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

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

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. full review

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

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

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

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

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine

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

The explosion essentially ruined -- or, rather, overpowered -- the fiction of the movie for me. full review

Steven Rosen, Denver Post

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

Charles Taylor, Salon.com

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

Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee

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. full review

Jan Stuart, Newsday

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

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

Toward the end Sum of All Fears morphs into a mundane '70s disaster flick. full review

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle

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.

Susan Stark, Detroit News

It's a movie that, frankly, I could not recommend to a friend, and yet I find no fault in the filmmaking. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
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