'Rising Sun' Critic Reviews

80%
MovieWeb:   0 reviews
35%
Rotten Tomatoes:   37 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    Full Review » 21 years ago
  • Vincent Canby New York Times (Top Critic)
    30
    It directs attention not to the internal reasons for America's economic problems, but to inscrutable, generalized, unknown others from abroad, whose yellow skins and strange manners announce their evil purposes as much as their unfair trade practices.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    A thoroughly gratifying prestige thriller, thanks to riveting suspense and two brilliant stars.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Hal Hinson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Connery is heaven, and so is the movie.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    The screenplay by Kaufman, Crichton and Michael Backes is not about much of anything important.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    I found it pretty entertaining, as well as provocative in some of its comments about contemporary life.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    When working in genre territory before, the idiosyncratic Kaufman has shown a marked tendency to debunk or subvert conventions. Playing it straight here, he brings little to the table.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    There are a few too many plot holes and logical errors. Rising Sun may be solidly-paced, but not all aspects of the production are as successful.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Richard Schickel TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    It would be nice to see Connery doing something intrinsically interesting instead of trying to make something inherently dull entertaining. And it would be good to see Snipes cut loose more than he is able to here.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    The flaws don't cripple what is a fiercely funny, exciting and provocative detective story about the crimes of corporate culture -- crimes that transcend race and geography.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    59
    It never rises past a second-rate thriller.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    42
    Kaufman's film is flawed. but not as bad as critics claim-- charges of racism made this adaptation controversial even before it was seen.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Ansen Newsweek
    As the plot grows more intricate, strangely the tension dissipates, until finally the movie just seems to run out of breath.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Film4
    aufman's heavy-handedness and a half-baked script with unfocused performances to match render this unentertaining, vacuous nonsense.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    The film grafts a fiercely modernist feel onto characters and themes right out of a 1940s film noir--an impressive achievement that more than makes up for a ponderous storyline.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Angie Errigo Empire Magazine
    40
    What should have been a tense political thrilling blockbuster, ends up a wasted effort with a limp storyline that once again fails to give the book justice.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rob Vaux Flipside Movie Emporium
    40
    Snipes at his coolest still can't save this xenophobic piece of studio flotsam.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Geoff Andrew Time Out
    Kaufman's PC adaptation falls awkwardly between the conventions of the Hollywood conspiracy thriller and something intended as more artily significant.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Chuck O'Leary FulvueDrive-in.com
    70
    An intriguing, sensual whodunit that would have been even better had it not succumb to political correctness and changed the identity of the killer from Crichton's novel.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com
    63
    The film disappoints, but Snipes and Connery don't.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jonathan W. Hickman Entertainment Insiders
    40
    A 1980s style film adaptation of a Michael Crichton novel.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    60
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal
    40
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Greg Maki Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
    60
    Full Review » 11 years ago