The Siege
The Siege (1998)

Edward Zwick directed this action thriller about Islamic militants unleashing terrorism in New York City. As FBI Terrorism Task Force-chief Anthony Hubbard (Denzel Washington) investigates, a false-alarm bomb threat is followed by a legit… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 6, 1998
DVD Release Date: April 20, 1999
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An exciting, well-paced action film.

Ken Hollings
Sight & Sound

The Siege attempts to update the bluffs and counterfeints of the Cold War spy thriller, not to advance any ideological point but to obscure the fact that it doesn't have one.

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Bob McCabe
Empire Magazine

The Siege may well be based on a huge 'what if?' premise, but it's smart, taut and knows exactly what the hell it's doing. And it does it well.

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Zaki Hasan
Zaki's Corner

Unfortunately, the movie's ignorant portrayals of other cultures while espousing a message of brotherhood comes across as not a little hypocritical.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

It's difficult to sustain a responsible subtext when you're delivering the jolts required to keep butts in the seats.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

[Benning] is the only fresh, compelling character in the film.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a solid concept in search of a consistent (and engaging) execution.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Even at its most unbelievable, The Siege has the performances of Washington and Bening to fall back on, and a theme that understands that what's difficult is not choosing right from wrong but 'choosing the wrong that's more right.'

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The prejudicial attitudes embodied in the film are insidious, like the anti-Semitism that infected fiction and journalism in the 1930s--not just in Germany, but in Britain and America.

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Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies

More political than entertaining, The Siege is a reflection of our heightened awareness and sensitivity to terrorism and the price of freedom.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Well back in 1998 this entire premise seemed quite far fetched, virtually in the realms of fantasy by the kind of overly paranoid Yanks that stockpile guns and… More
Alex roy
Edward Zwick has got to be the most underrated director in Hollywood. He has crafted some terrific films that unfortunately don't get the praise that they… More
Melvin White
Elise Kraft: It's never the question that's indiscreet, just the answer.  "An enemy they can't see. A nation under siege. A crisis they… More
Cassandra Maples
The Siege is a film that, I believe, has been misunderstood and underrated. Much criticism has been levelled at the movie by Arab and Islamic groups, due to its… More
Joe McCall
Somehow most fail to realize that if the lead character had stayed out of the CIA and military's way thousands of lives could have been saved. The… More
Candy Rose
Interesting movie about terrorist threats that bring a city under siege. Denzel is the good guy looking for the terrorist cell. Bruce is the bad military guy… More

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