It isn't just a high-powered summer blockbuster. It's something cannier (and rarer): a suspense thriller rooted in character.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Both stars have toughness and restraint that make their characters' battle of wits truly hypnotic, and in many ways more credible than it was on television.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
A flurry of stunts, close shaves and deeds of desperate daring, it easily transcends its television origins to become a stylish pacemaker-buster on the order of "Die Hard, MD."
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
A juggernaut of exaggeration, momentum and thrills.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Davis paints with bold visual strokes so that the movie rises above its action-film origins and becomes operatic.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Though it's a good half hour too long, this overblown 1993 spin-off of the 60s TV show otherwise adds up to a pretty good suspense thriller.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
A consummate nail-biter that never lags, it leaves you breathless from the chase yet anxious for the next bit of mayhem or clever plot twist.
Leonard Klady - Variety
"Innovative" is not a legitimate description of The Fugitive, but "entertaining" is.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A first-rate thriller.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
Heart-pounding thriller with great acting.
Scott G. Mignola - Common Sense Media
Taut, effective serial-chase story.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
A rare example of everything in the Hollywood machine coming together in the right way at the right time and working perfectly.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Harrison Ford mostly just runs and fights, but that's O.K. Running, after all, is what fugitives are supposed to do.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Real escapist cinema.
Dean Essner - Film4
The performances transform this otherwise orthodox cat-and-mouse movie into a gripping experience.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
Tommy Lee Jones offers the fun and drive of this largely implausible but highly enjoyable remake of the popular TV series.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
One of the better attempts at turning a TV show into a movie.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Relentless action + strong Ford and Tommy Lee performances make this a classic.
Steve Crum - Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
Ford and Jones make admirable adversaries, Ford a resourceful but vulnerable hero and Jones a tough and relentless cop with a touch of compassion....
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
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Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
A hair-raising, adrenaline-charged chase movie.
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
A glossy, formula chase movie with the requisite number of extravagant action sequences (most notably a massive train crash).
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
In a morally confused age, a take-no-prisoner, seemingly heartless predator like Tommy Lee Jones' Gerard could easily be elected to high political office.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
John Esther - Pasadena Weekly
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Very good, but not perfect.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Excellent battle-of-wits thriller led by stars Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
The opening scene is powerful and puts you on the edge. This film works!
Moira Sullivan - Movie Magazine International
Good but overrated. Exciting, but mystery falls short. Bad guy comes out of nowhere.
Fred Topel - About.com
...still stands up today as it did eight years ago as the definitive example of how to make a summer movie right (heck; how to make any movie right).
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Marc Vincenti - Palo Alto Weekly
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Overrated, but fun.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Fast-paced and slickly enjoyable chase thriller.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Not only did they get their smarts by casting Harrison Ford and the engimatic Tommy Lee Jones, they wrote a script (screenplay by Jeb Stuart and David Twohy) that was filled with tension, sprinkled with suspense, choca-bloc with action, and for the most p
Clint Morris - Moviehole
This swiftly paced who-dunnit is about as good as Hollywood action-thrillers get.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Frenetically-paced, nail biting action. Rarely do an anti-hero (Tommy Lee Jones) and a hero (Ford) blend with such tense and charismatic perfection.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
If you were expecting subtlety, you should have your head examined, but this money machine works like gangbusters.
Stephen Farber - Movieline
The film is so stylish, so funny and so heart-stopping in its suspense that the audience simply doesn't care about flaws.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
In a genre where one is almost always asked to allow leaps of logic, the script repeatedly astonished me with its intelligence, its attention to detail and its respect for the audience.
Scott Renshaw - Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
A terrific thriller that may stretch the credulity of the audience at times, but leaves them well-entertained for better than two hours.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
...as far as the chase genre goes, there have been worse films (better ones, too).
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Harrison Ford is awfully good, as usual, looking genuinely frantic and haggard for the first time since, well, Frantic.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com