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WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 June, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 June, 2002, 12:00am
 

The Sum Of All Fears


Jack Ryan (Ben Affleck) is the CIA agent from Tom Clancy's The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger. He continues the role as the world-saving hero, this time discovering a nuclear weapon which has fallen into the hands of foreign terrorists who are determined to create a war between Russia and the US. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson.


Kevin Thomas


The Los Angeles Times


'The Sum Of All Fears could have been lots scarier lots earlier with just a soupcon of clarity; the all-too-human temptation to try to figure out what's going on can become truly distracting.'


Roger Ebert


The Chicago Sun-Times


'Oh, for the innocent days when a movie like The Sum Of All Fears could be enjoyed as a thriller. In these dark times, it is not a thriller but a confirmer, confirming our fears that the world is headed for disaster. Movies like Black Sunday could exorcise our fears, but this one works instead to give them form.'


Stephanie Holden


The New York Times


'It's a striking measure of the nervousness of the country right now that a movie so full of holes should be as gripping as it is, at least for its first two-thirds, after which it collapses into a swamp of sentimental mush.'


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