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Crimson Tide Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Nothing better than boys with really big toys. Especially when the boys are men like Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, top talents who duke it out among the nukes in the propulsively pulse-pounding undersea thriller Crimson Tide. [12May1995 Pg.01.D]

  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It's a thrill-a-minute ride that concludes with a whimper, like a roller-coaster that has all the drops and twists early. Make no mistake, this is a good source of early summer fun, but with a little extra imagination, it could have been a whole lot more.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Oddly enough, Crimson Tide develops into an actors' picture, not just an action movie. There are a lot of special effects, high-tech gadgets and violent standoffs, yes, but the movie is really a battle between two wills.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Directed by Tony Scott, Crimson Tide is the kind of sumptuously exciting undersea thriller that moves forward in quick, propulsive waves.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

War Games in the water; older teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that characters use profanity and make a few derogatory comments toward women and girls. The suspense in the film may make it too frightening for more sensitive viewers. Some of the younger characters die, occasionally graphically, and many characters carry guns. One character holds a gun to the head of two different men during a standoff. The film deals with war and violence.

  • Families can talk about current events. Parents may want to use the film as an opportunity to talk about the political unrest in Chechnya, Russia. They may also want to discuss how nuclear war against a country is different from fighting terrorism. How does the DVD make you feel about your country? Do the depictions of war correspond to stories from friends and family in the military? How do you express your sentiments about war? Do you respectfully disagree or try to intimidate and bully?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: People of diverse backgrounds are treated well; one gay joke and two jokes about girls and women's bodies.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Implied violence of nuclear war, many characters are threatened with guns. Some graphic deaths. A group of sailors are sealed in a flooding area of the sub to save the rest of the ship. One character has a heart attack.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: The characters curse like the sailors they are.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoke cigars and cigarettes regularly.