The Hunt for Red October Synopsis
Moscow, D.C. and CIA analyst (Alec Baldwin) track rogue Soviet captain (Sean Connery) and sub.
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Variety

The Industrial Light & Magic special visual effects unit does yeoman work in staging the action with cliffhanger intensity.
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89

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
This Tom Clancy thriller gets the proper screen treatment here with this first-rate cast and direction by one of the genre’s best: Die...
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Hunt is coldly clinical rather than emotionally resonant; so is the measured ensemble work of a super cast. [2 Mar 1990, Life, p.1D]
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A skillful, efficient film that involves us in the clever and deceptive game being played by Ramius and in the best efforts of those on...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Even when it's hard to follow, it looks good. The undersea action is visually convincing, and Ramius' submarine, with all its rooms and...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Colorful and exciting, yet unless you're a young moviegoer, nothing in it takes you by complete surprise. (It's less a nail-biter than a...
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
An idealized, dreamy fantasy of life in the business world-harmless as airplane reading, a bit dull on the big screen. [2 Mar 1990, Friday,...
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50

TV Guide

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A heavy-duty mediocrity, sluggish, unwieldy, and instantly forgettable.
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40

Empire

Director John McTiernan rigorously avoids anything that might conceivably be exciting.
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25

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Like the nuclear sub it's named after, the picture is big, shiny, and expensive. It's also cold, hard, and cumbersome, and lacking the...
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This is a must own DVD

By The Humpday Chuckle
This is my first review for one reason, I was in ASW/Sonar School in Point Loma when this movie came out, and saw it with 5-6 classmates. All of the " technical " military/submarine/sonar speak were...

How was It?

By jwelch5742
It was very good. This had great Sound Effects Editing....

Surprising

By MongrolMan
This movie surprised me not only with the plethora of recognizable actors, but how great this story is. I am a man for a good plot and this one definately cuts the cake....

Awesome

By Phronc
This was one of Sir Connery's best ever roles. It is a fantastic movie. I recommend it to everyone. If you like suspense or spy movies or sub movies, it has something for everyone....

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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Book-based Cold War submarine drama is tense and thrilling.
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