'Crimson Tide' Critic Reviews

91%
MovieWeb:   0 reviews
87%
Rotten Tomatoes:   50 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    Full Review » 19 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Susan Wloszczyna USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    Crimson Tide is pop-action naval gazing at its finest.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Rita Kempley Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Variety Staff Variety (Top Critic)
    This is a boy's movie all the way.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jonathan Foreman New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    If ever a picture crackled, Crimson Tide fits the description.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Heather Boerner Common Sense Media
    80
    War Games in the water; older teens and up.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews
    75
    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]
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    88
    An uncommonly intelligent actioner...
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Time Out
    The screenplay may be credited to Michael Schiffer, but the punchy dialogue has Quentin Tarantino written all over it. The cast has a ball.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Kevin Carr 7M Pictures
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Chuck O'Leary FulvueDrive-in.com
    75
    A riveting, high-testosterone nail-biter.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • John J. Puccio DVDTown.com
    70
    ...the thrills remain authentic, even though we know exactly how the plot is going to turn out.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis
    70
    ...the thrills remain authentic, even though we know exactly how the plot is going to turn out.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Scott Weinberg DVDTalk.com
    80
    Considerably more intelligent than most of Jerry Bruckheimer's productions -- and Hackman's just awesome.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    80
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Todd Jorgenson Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Kevin A. Ranson MovieCrypt.com
    60
    If this film is based on real events, we're all doomed.
    Full Review » 9 years ago