Collateral Damage 2002

Critics score:
19 / 100

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Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News: Just as in real life, you don't see Collateral Damage, you suffer it. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: Despite its action-in-a-can mentality, the movie's generic roots gain a new post-terror specificity that lend it an almost bombastic relevance it was never meant to have. Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: Turns out to be exactly what would be expected -- a formulaic action film. Read more

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald: It's the stuff of every mediocre action movie ever made and enough to make you wonder if it isn't finally time for the genre to die a quiet, dignified death. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: [A] slick thriller with a couple of neat plot twists and a return to form for the fiftysomething Arnold. Read more

Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News: The movie straddles the fence between escapism and social commentary, and on both sides it falls short. Read more

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times: An exhausted rehash of Mr. Schwarzenegger breaking through red tape to struggle against his nemesis of the moment. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Collateral Damage is, despite its alleged provocation post-9/11, an antique, in the end. As are its star, its attitude and its obliviousness. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: A leaden, predictable action flick that would be of no interest to anyone but Schwarzenegger fans. Read more

Larry Aydlette, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Ah-nuld's action hero days might be over. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: The violence in Collateral Damage takes on a more disconcerting tone but ultimately it's business as usual for the action star. Read more

Houston Chronicle: Read more

Paul Clinton (, Without September 11, Collateral Damage would have been just another bad movie. Now it's a bad, embarrassing movie. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: The result is an 'action film' mired in stasis. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: A competent, if choppy, example of thriller hokum that's more entertaining than either the director's or star's last few outings. Read more

Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly: A pretty decent action picture. Read more

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune: The problem isn't that the movie hits so close to home so much as that it hits close to home while engaging in such silliness as that snake-down-the-throat business and the inevitable shot of Schwarzenegger outrunning a fireball. Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture: A stinker. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: A glossy knock-off of a B-movie revenge flick. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: A skillfully made example of your typical Schwarzenegger action film. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, There are many reasons to protest this Arnold Schwarzenegger flick about firemen and terrorists. The best one is that it's a bad movie. Read more

Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle: Collateral Damage is trash, but it earns extra points by acting as if it weren't. Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: It will be remembered less for its generic content than for the real-life events that give it an eerie resonance. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Time Out: The film's less knee-jerk than it could have been. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: It's laughably unbelievable. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: This is the sort of burly action flick where one coincidence pummels another, narrative necessity is a drunken roundhouse, and whatever passes for logic is a factor of the last plot device left standing. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: Head-scratchingly ordinary. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: Schwarzenegger tries hard to act but in the end the foolishness of the thriller formula becomes ridiculous. Read more