“A Little Corny At Times, But An Overall Great Action Movie With An All-star Cas”
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
All of the principals normally work in films more interesting and human than this one, which gives Con Air a touch of the subversive and turns it into a big-budget lark.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Massaging every demographic, this admittedly fast, funny and robustly acted progeny of The Rock exploits actions of killers and rapists -- then cynically sells family values with a lengthy wrap-up ballad.
- USA Today
- Washington Post
- Houston Chronicle
The movie is essentially a series of quick setups, brisk dialogue and elaborate action sequences.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Rosenberg's sarcastic, tough-guy dialogue is full of lean-and-mean one-liners, and the superbly cast actors know how to milk them for all they're worth.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
How's the movie? Big, loud, brutal and stupid, that's how it is.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
Sitting through this movie is like watching a dog running in circles chasing its tail -- the amusement factor dies quickly as the situation become repetitive.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
They're 'the worst of the worst.' So's the movie.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Numbing but not boring, it's finally more dispiriting than exhilarating, like a wild night of debauchery that leaves only a fearsome hangover for a souvenir.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
A schmaltzy action-adventure at 8,000 feet.
Heather Boerner - Common Sense Media
Resolutely not boring.
Rumsey Taylor - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Gemma Files - eye WEEKLY
Mega-budget action extravaganzas don't get much sillier than this.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
This frankly silly action movie scores major points for bordering on self-parody.
Very cool, but also very cold.
- Time Out
the quintessential high-octane action flick
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Rude, crude, mindless action and nonstop gratuitous violence just don't get any better.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
It's not exactly a spoof of action flicks, but everyone involved clearly has tongue wedged firmly within cheek.
Scott Weinberg - DVDTalk.com
Bruckheimer may be the only producer working in Hollywood today who deserves the auteur treatment.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Director Simon West pulls off the impossible task of having the film make constant fun of itself and its viewers while keeping the storyline grounded enough for emotional payoffs.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
This is a big, silly film. Is it full of explosions and one-liners? Of course. Is it entertaining? Of course.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
The Hollywood ending hurts the film's integrity, diminishing what could easily have become a classic of the genre.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
With West's confident competence, and Bruckheimer's reliable slickness, Con Air gets out of its own way and becomes a trash classic.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Jerry Bruckheimer should be thankful for the modern audience's short attention span.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
I don't know how it happened, or what Simon West was thinking, but the first half of Con Air is brilliant and the second half is a non-stop climax, and a dimwitted one at that.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Cage carries the first action flick of the year that's worthy of topping the box-office charts.
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
Has a strange air of nonchalant wackiness about it that makes it hard not to like.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
It's slapped together childishly and has no real foundation to render it even vaguely capable of withstanding a lapping wave of intellect or logic.
James Rocchi - Netflix
The stunts and explosions are amazing, of course, but escalate to overwrought chaos by the end.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
...were that many explosions really necessary?
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
I liked the way the film is crafted. Simon West is no artist, but he's got the Bruckheimer machine behind him making sure everything is fast, loud and flashy.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Adrenaline-pumping action drama with some special surprizes.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Cast actors with a bit of box-office clout; hire a director smart enough to shoot each explosion so it can be shown multiple times from different angles; find a script with all the depth and complexities of a coloring book. And ``Action!''...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
You have to wonder where we stand as a society when something like "Con Air" passes for entertainment.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Unfortunately, this Touchstone effort falls well below the stature of its aspirations, too often substituting bombast for believability before finally plunging headlong into the ridiculous.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
The quintessential summer movie.
Leslie Rigoulot - Film Scouts
It's silly, but it's also free from pretensions to be anything else.
Nick Hilditch - BBC
Beneath all the dust and blood, there is heart in the tale of a man trying to get back to his wife and child.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Don Simpson may be dead, but former producing partner Jerry Bruckheimer keeps the old Simpson/Bruckheimer spirit alive.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Packs enough of a ka-boom to please the many fans of the action genre.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- Boston Phoenix
There are quite a few funny wisecracks peppering the dialogue, and Cage's accent -- a sort of cornpone imitation of Elvis Presley -- and his dry-witted delivery are certainly entertaining.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Despite the glut of strong performers, the thing never gets past its cumbersome, detonate-everything high concept.
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
Passably entertaining for the first 90 minutes, but...the movie becomes, in quick succession, silly then generic.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
There's a word for people like you, Nicolas. That word is recidivist...repeat offender.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
It's only all these A-list and almost-A-list actors that makes this anything other than a made-for-USA Networks movie.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
You'll never mistake it for art, but as far as summer movies go, this is a pretty effective thrill machine.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
There are some decent actors in this movie, and they have sold their souls to the devil.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
It's certainly one hell of a ride, albeit a stupid one.
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Jerry Bruckheimer hands Simon West the reins and West drives this carriage, which is chock full of great actors, straight over the cliff.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
I kept thinking that if their budget were cut in half, they would have made a better picture. If the special effects department were put on a much stricter budget, the show might have had to develop the characters beyond caricature.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
It's not a great movie. It may not even be a good movie, except that it's fun.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
The logical inconsistencies are so nicely worked into the fast-moving script by Scott Rosenberg that you hardly notice them flying by.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
The worst part of the conclusion is that when you breathe a slight of relief that this repetitive and overly long film is finally over, it isn't.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
If you're looking to kill a couple of hours, there are worse fates awaiting you out there.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
A superbly made film with a fast-paced witty script, a likeable rogue hero and evil characters so imaginatively concocted that we love to embrace them.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
After about two hours, the explosions, shootings, explosions, wisecracks, explosions, and intrusive sentimental interludes get very boring.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
It's an action flick that fulfills one's modest expectations.
Kristian M. Lin - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The movie sends two mean-spirited messages. One is that bad criminals are no better than animals and should be treated accordingly. The other is that hatred, mayhem, and destruction are rip-roaring ingredients for summer entertainment.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor