Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
Isn't there something awfully satisfying about the throbbing missiles and cathartic explosions that constitute this film's main excitement? Maybe so, but nothing else here delivers a comparable thrill.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Crimson Tide is pop-action naval gazing at its finest.
Susan Wloszczyna - USA Today
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
This is the rare kind of war movie that not only thrills people while they're watching it, but invites them to leave the theater actually discussing the issues.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Todd McCarthy - Variety
This is a boy's movie all the way.
Variety Staff - Variety
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
Nope, this picture doesn't bear thinking about, but, if you resist that nasty temptation, setting all your mental gauges at Dead Slow, the flow of the action will see you through.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Because of the contained environment, submarines make great settings for thrillers, with the throbbing of the engines sounding like a pulse. Crimson Tide is no exception -- the atmosphere alone is sufficient to keep the audience on edge.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
If ever a picture crackled, Crimson Tide fits the description.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
War Games in the water; older teens and up.
Heather Boerner - Common Sense Media
A big, bold Hollywood movie that won't be winning any awards for subtlety but can't be denied its popcorn appeal. [Blu-Ray review]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
An uncommonly intelligent actioner...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The screenplay may be credited to Michael Schiffer, but the punchy dialogue has Quentin Tarantino written all over it. The cast has a ball.
- Time Out
I don't know what the full Naval procedure is to launch nuclear weapons, but I hope to God it's more structured and fail-safe than what we see in this film.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
A riveting, high-testosterone nail-biter.
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
...the thrills remain authentic, even though we know exactly how the plot is going to turn out.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Considerably more intelligent than most of Jerry Bruckheimer's productions -- and Hackman's just awesome.
Scott Weinberg - DVDTalk.com
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Todd Jorgenson - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
If this film is based on real events, we're all doomed.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Quentin Tarantino contributes some priceless dialogue, but the wearying pattern of mutinies and counter-mutinies ultimately sinks it.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Great tension between the leads.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
What the film lacks in slam-bang action it more than makes up for in sheer suspense.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
It's great to see a high-tech thriller that thrills because of its actors, not its special effects.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
The ending of the film is a bit of a letdown, but the balance of the film is both thought-provoking and suspenseful.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Post-Cold War thriller set aboard a Trident ballistic nuclear submarine.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Crimson Tide has everything you could want from an action thriller and a few other things you usually can't hope to expect.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
One of the rare 1990s action films that is going to be as engaging now as it was half a decade ago.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A gripping and tense thriller.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
For a movie that's all about a bunch of men locked in small metal rooms, Crimson Tide is mighty engaging.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
You know how much of a guy flick this is? There's no women in it.
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
Crimson Tide is like that promising good-looking first date who ruins everything by talking.
Bob Thompson - Jam! Movies
There is so much excellent about this picture it is hard to know where to begin.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Well written suspenseful submarine drama.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
This film is an excellent nacho-plate movie, waiting to be enjoyed by groups of people who enjoy high-energy, macho thrillers brimming in mood, excellent actors and a unique environment.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
It's too slick to be truly disturbing, but it's that slickness that keeps you on the edge of your chair.
Gary Kamiya - San Francisco Examiner
What really makes the film a class act, however, is that there are complex characters dealing with complicated issues and it never cops out to simplicity.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
It's noisy and fun, but that's all it is.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle