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Olympus Has Fallen

MPAA Rating: R

Runtime: 2 hours (120 minutes)

Rated R for strong violence and language throughout.

Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller

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3.5 out of 5

Olympus Has Fallen Review

What's Good:
Action, Gerard Butler's performance, Tense scenes.
What's Bad:
Seems to be a botched up attempt of Die Hard, Independence Day and Air Force One (strongly)... A typical hollywood action film.
Verdict:
There's no reason to overthink this. Just leave your brain at the lobby and enjoy 2013's most entertaining thriller yet.
Watch or Not:
Watch it if you like political thrillers and are a action junkie.

Audience Ratings for Olympus Has Fallen

41.0%
63 Ratings
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Plot Summary

When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President, and avert an even bigger disaster.

Critics Reviews for Olympus Has Fallen

45 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 29 | Positive Review: 13 | Negative Review: 16 | Average Rating: 2.7/5

The carnage is cruel and crude.

March 22, 2013 Full Review
David Edelstein
David Edelstein
New York Magazine

A typical slab of Hollywood action in which the White House crumbles under attack, the American flag is tattered and tossed aside by baddies, and cliches rise like gods.
Critic Score: 2/5

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

'Olympus Has Fallen is just too much of a pale 'Die Hard' ripoff.
Critic Score: 1.5/5

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

... the action is often not unengaging, and Butler's better at swinging for faux Bruce Willis ...
Critic Score: 2/5

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Glenn Kenny
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies

Given the premise's essential absurdity, it's almost embarrassingly entertaining.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Liam Lacey
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

"Olympus Has Fallen" goes through plenty of familiar motions, but does them well enough that it gets away with it. There's a reason movies like this die hard.
Critic Score: B

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Adam Graham
Detroit News

The film is a second-rate "Air Force One" mashed up with a third-rate "Die Hard," with Gerard Butler striving mightily to be charismatic as the One Man Who Can Save the Day.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith
New York Post

"Olympus Has Fallen" at least possesses the frisson of timeliness amid otherwise hoary action-movie cliches.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

It's a solid, simple, more-bang-for-our-buck entertainment that doesn't ask us to think.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Stephen Whitty
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

A nitwit extravaganza that makes you long for the intellectual depth of Independence Day.

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

It has to be a joke, right?
Critic Score: 3/10

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Ian Buckwalter
NPR

"Olympus Has Fallen" is everything an audience nostalgic for the Steven Seagal killfests of the '90s expects and deserves.
Critic Score: 1.5/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Colin Covert
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Sadly, Mr. Butler lacks the wit and the range to convey anything other than grouchy belligerence, and the script, by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, seems intent on squandering opportunities to be clever or interesting.
Critic Score: 1/5

March 21, 2013 Full Review
A.O. Scott
A.O. Scott
New York Times

This is for those who like their political thrillers far-fetched, far-reaching and filled with pretty people.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Claudia Puig
Claudia Puig
USA Today

While Gerard Butler is no Bruce Willis, his Mike Banning is a better facsimile of John McClane than the guy Willis is pretending to play these days.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews

"Olympus" has a strictly director-for-hire vibe; anyone with access to a Roland Emmerich movie or two (namely "Independence Day") and a mad-libbed action script could have churned out something similar.
Critic Score: 2/5

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

Any semblance of seriousness and verisimilitude suggested by the marketing campaign is quickly forgotten once director Antoine Fuqua's enjoyably tacky Die Hard-on-the-Potomac gets under way.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Steven Rea
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

It all goes down shockingly well, even if Butler lacks the sarcastic wit of a Bruce Willis or Arnold Schwarzenegger and even as the film keeps upping the eye-rolling quotient with cartoon characters.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Peter Howell
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Olympus Has Fallen is about as satisfying an action thriller as can be hoped for, with an irresistible premise and nothing but follow-through all the way to the finish.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Fuqua knows exactly how to pump up a straightforward script from first-time scribes Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt.
Critic Score: 3/5

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Pop jingoism isn't easy to stir once you've established a vibe that's so deflating.

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Tom Russo
Boston Globe

If you have an uncle who hasn't seen a movie since "Taken," he's gonna' love this one.
Critic Score: B-

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com

The picture is basically a ground-based version of "Air Force One" with a much higher body count.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times

While the storyline and dialogue are frequently predictable, "Olympus Has Fallen" succeeds largely due to Butler's believablity as a Secret Service agent.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times

Cut past the pic's superficial patriotism, and the message is ironically clear: Never outsource your visual effects when a domestic shop will do.

March 20, 2013 Full Review
Peter Debruge
Variety

There's no reason to overthink this. Just leave your brain at the lobby and enjoy 2013's most entertaining thriller yet.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 20, 2013 Full Review
Randy Myers
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News

Directed by Antoine Fuqua with his usual slam-bang, cutthroat aggression but with almost nothing in the way of surprise or genuine, organic suspense.
Critic Score: C

March 20, 2013 Full Review
Owen Gleiberman
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Pretty ridiculously entertaining-or at least entertainingly ridiculous-for long stretches, dulled only by the realization that there are many parts of the country where this will play as less than total farce.

March 19, 2013 Full Review
Scott Foundas
Village Voice

Generates a fair amount of tension and produces the kind of nationalistic outrage that rock-ribbed Americans will feel in their guts.

March 19, 2013 Full Review
Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter

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