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White House Down

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Roland Emmerich

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About the Movie

Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 187
  • Fresh: 94
  • Rotten: 93
  • Average Rating: 5.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It follows the Emmerich template: a spectacle-tinged, compelling setup; a dumb, disappointing midsection; and a cheese-topped denouement that veers so close to self-parody that one is tempted to call it funny. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Jun 28, 2013

Rotten: The main flaw of White House Down is that it overstays its welcome, thanks in large part to a silly climax that seems to unfold in three laborious acts. – David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jul 1, 2013

Fresh: While the film is exactly as silly as Olympus Has admittedly has a lot more fun with the cheeseball, post-9/11 patriotism that underlies the lark. That's the real saving grace for a film that is essentially a carbon of a carbon of a carbon. – Jim Schembri, 3AW, Sep 29, 2013

Fresh: Whether or not you enjoy this film depends entirely on whether you judge it to be po-faced or parody. If you believe it's the former, you'll probably hate it. If you believe it's the latter, you'll have an absolute blast. – Rebecca Davies, Film4, Sep 13, 2013

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Customer Reviews

worse than Olympus has Fallen

Nothing original. Foxx is laughable as a president (I do like him in other roles). Tatum mumbles. James Woods is excellent as always. Maggie Gyllenhaal is good. Clarke is good. The direction is good. The action is minimal. The screenpay is 100% unoriginal. Olympus has Fallen is a B movie. This is a C movie.


worst movie I've ever seen. do not watch

Outlandish and Utter Garbage

I want to make this straight to the point, since this movie has already wasted my life away by 2 hours. The scripting and the writing for this movie is so outlandish and terrible, that Tom Clancy is rolling is grave choking on the plot. The movie was decent including the acting, up until you reach the point of one(of many) plot holes(A bomb packaged inside a single cardboard box in the back of an empty cargo truck... Yes an empty truck, it's that stupid). From there, it is blatantly obvious the writers made no effort to shell out a realistic and plausible script that would/could help transition this story from its climax to it's conclusion. The produces clearly rushed this movie, filling it with meritless storyboarding that go as far to even defy physics. This movie is about as believable as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. This genre of entertainment makes me loath the death of Tom Clancy. The depiction of our military service members galivanting like half-wits too incompetent to work as circus clowns is hard to stomach. Even though most of the service men portrayals were victims of bad script writing, the only thing I saw that was realistic in this movie were the elected government officials complete lack of decision making capability. Overall,my approval rating for this movie is on par with Congress at a solid 9%.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2013

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