The Sum of All Fears Synopsis
Jack Ryan (Ben Affleck) fights terrorists planning a nuclear attack.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Director Phil Alden Robinson and his writers, Paul Attanasio and Daniel Pyne, do a spellbinding job of cranking up the tension, they create...
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Impossible to watch passively. It may be a work of pure fiction, with the requisite preposterous plot turns, but it still has the air of a...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A world-detonation thriller, at once urgent and lazy, that benefits from its connection to current events and also, by the end, suffers...
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A popcorn movie with a protein center, satisfying neither taste.
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50

Boston Globe

And then there's Liev Schreiber as CIA operative John Clark. With less than 30 minutes of screen time, he's everything Affleck isn't -...
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Fortunately, even when star and story are ineffectual, Fears' supporting players are all thrilling, especially Morgan Freeman.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Mediocre terrorist melodrama turned even punier by real-life events, and that's before we scratch our heads at its lead-actor choice.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Yet there's no getting around one awkward fact. The picture, which turns on a cataclysmic act of terrorism within U.S. borders, was made...
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20

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
How the hell did Ben Affleck, 29, wind up replacing Harrison Ford, 59, as our hero? Who's next as Ryan -- Ozzy Osbourne's guppy son, Jack?...
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20

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The last thing we need is entertainment that evokes the horror and then trivializes it with cheesy heroics. Never has a movie taken on a...
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Rated PG-13 | For Disaster Images, Brief Strong Language and Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Generic action film not good for kids, or anyone.
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