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The Hurricane 1999

Critics score:
83 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Roger Ebert, At the Movies: One of Denzel Washington's great performances, on a par with his work in Malcolm X. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: The last great performance of 1999, and arguably the best of the lot as well. Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News: An extraordinary story by any measure. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: You can always tell where The Hurricane is leading you. But the trip is strong and stirring. Read more

Stephen Holden, New York Times: Stirring but schmaltzy. Read more

Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Fashioned with the kind of classic Hollywood professionalism that's fast becoming a rarity at the movies. Read more

Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle: It's a measure of Washington's strengths that he swims while the film sinks. Read more

Paul Clinton (, Jewison has delivered another excellent film. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: Features Denzel Washington's toweringly triumphant performance as Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: This movie about the nightmare of incarceration makes you taste the meaning of freedom. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: A reminder that there's still a lot to be said for the good old-fashioned inspirational Hollywood movie. Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture: The movie's dogged humorlessness, and its sixties-style cant, don't do justice to all the political crosscurrents in this story. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: Washington can bank on an Oscar nomination for the most forceful work of his career. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Beautifully crafted and uplifting. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, The Hurricane delivers a mighty emotional load, most of it borne on the broad shoulders of a great actor hitting his prime. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Give director Norman Jewison credit for two things: 1) He made the movie; 2) He let Washington run away with it. Read more

Time Out: Facile and unpersuasive. Read more

Emanuel Levy, Variety: Washington elevates the earnest, occasionally simplistic narrative to the level of a genuinely touching moral expose. Read more

Amy Taubin, Village Voice: Denzel Washington delivers a mesmerizing, volatile performance. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: A pleasurable experience. Read more