Falling Down
Falling Down (1993)

It's just not William Foster's (Michael Douglas) day. Laid off from his defense job, Foster gets stuck in the middle of the mother of all traffic jams. Desirous of attending his daughter's birthday party at the home of his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 26, 1993
DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Falling Down's popcorn-friendly take on its complex themes proves disquieting -- and ultimately fitting for a bleakly entertaining picture of one man's angry break with reality.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

None of the characters ever rises beyond the level of his or her generic functions, and by the end the overall emptiness of the conception becomes fully apparent.

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David Ansen

A real artist could make something incisive or darkly hilarious out of this moral tightrope act. Schumacher, veering recklessly between social satire, kick-ass fantasy and damsel-in-distress melodrama, plays the game for opportunistic cheap thrills.

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Richard Propes

Falling Down," a stellar film, is Joel Schumacher's miracle.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Let's face it, there is an element of truth in the character of D-FENS. But it is, finally, tabloid truth.

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Time Out

Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and certainly unnerving.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Disturbing '90s crime thriller has violence and language.

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Variety Staff

At first comes across like a mean-spirited black comedy and then snowballs into a reasonably powerful portrait of social alienation. The tone is unremittingly dour, however.

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Caryn James
New York Times

It turns one man's slide toward madness into a wickedly mischievous, entertaining suspense thriller.

Tom Meek
Cambridge Day

This is probably Schumacher's most accomplished work besides Tigerland and, interestingly, shot in L.A. around the time of the riots.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Not bad. Loathed and pitied William all at the same time. Some of it was funny in a really black way (or maybe it's just me).
Jens S.
A man just had enough of it all and starts walking through L.A. picking up increasingly lethal weapons as he encounters disrespect, violence and injustice and… More
Chris Weber
This is another great example of how, when given a more modest budget, and decently written indie-minded material that Joel Schumacher is capable of delivering… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
Joel Schumacher is an asshole because he likes pissing off audiences by pulling out these great performances from actors, but its totally wasted on a dipshit… More
Samuel Riley
You will never find a film which can define our reality like 'Falling Down'. It shows our society, along with most of its problems, of how we are… More
Lucas Martins
Falling Down, show a good concept and an interesting screenplay, just like Schumacher's direction. Dispite the film presents a stereotype of the '… More