'The Fugitive' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   54 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    It isn't just a high-powered summer blockbuster. It's something cannier (and rarer): a suspense thriller rooted in character.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Rita Kempley Washington Post (Top Critic)
    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."
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    A juggernaut of exaggeration, momentum and thrills.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    Davis paints with bold visual strokes so that the movie rises above its action-film origins and becomes operatic.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Leonard Klady Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    "Innovative" is not a legitimate description of The Fugitive, but "entertaining" is.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Richard Schickel TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    A first-rate thriller.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Scott G. Mignola Common Sense Media
    100
    Heart-pounding thriller with great acting.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Steven D. Greydanus Decent Films Guide
    92
    Taut, effective serial-chase story.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    A rare example of everything in the Hollywood machine coming together in the right way at the right time and working perfectly.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Angie Errigo Empire Magazine
    80
    The performances transform this otherwise orthodox cat-and-mouse movie into a gripping experience.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Film4
    Real escapist cinema.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    88
    Harrison Ford mostly just runs and fights, but that's O.K. Running, after all, is what fugitives are supposed to do.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    75
    Tommy Lee Jones offers the fun and drive of this largely implausible but highly enjoyable remake of the popular TV series.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
    80
    One of the better attempts at turning a TV show into a movie.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Steve Crum Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
    100
    Relentless action + strong Ford and Tommy Lee performances make this a classic.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • John J. Puccio DVDTown.com
    90
    Ford and Jones make admirable adversaries, Ford a resourceful but vulnerable hero and Jones a tough and relentless cop with a touch of compassion....
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis
    90
    Ford and Jones make admirable adversaries, Ford a resourceful but vulnerable hero and Jones a tough and relentless cop with a touch of compassion....
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Susan Granger www.susangranger.com
    80
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Chuck O'Leary FulvueDrive-in.com
    90
    A hair-raising, adrenaline-charged chase movie.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Geoff Andrew Time Out
    A glossy, formula chase movie with the requisite number of extravagant action sequences (most notably a massive train crash).
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • John Wirt Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 10 years ago