White House Down

White House Down
White House Down
  • PG-13
  • 2h 12m
  • 2013
Rotten52%
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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.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten52%
Critics Consensus: White House Down benefits from the leads' chemistry, but director Roland Emmerich smothers the film with narrative clichés and choppily edited action.
Reviews
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Rotten

Real thrills - dependent on real, believable jeopardy - are not on offer: just cheerfully absurd s...

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Glenn Heath Jr.
Rotten

An expensive blockbuster chuckle that doesn't last.

November 1, 2018
Time Out
Tom Huddleston
Fresh

If all you're after is a pair of mismatched heroes wisecracking their way through a series of expl...

June 22, 2017
Miami Herald
Connie Ogle
Rotten

It's Independence Day without the aliens and a president partial to Air Jordans.

June 22, 2017
RogerEbert.com
Marsha McCreadie
Fresh

The special effects are scary-hairy enough to satisfy the midsummer "I wish to go to the moon" imp...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Patriotic thriller is ridiculous, violent, and entertaining.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that White House Down is a patriotic thriller in the vein of Olympus Has Fallen and Independence Day, in which the country is saved by one brave man with a gun -- in this case Channing Tatum. Like Independence Day, which was also directed by Roland Emmerich, there's a lot of violence, but most of it is on a grand scale -- explosions, helicopters/planes crashing, and deaths the audience doesn't see too up close. There are a few hand-to-hand combat scenes and a tense hostage situation in which people (some in high levels of the administration) are executed or wounded. A young girl is frequently in danger and is almost killed on a couple of occasions (which ups the movie's intensity level), and the president seems dead. There's absolutely no sex or romance, but there's some language, including a single "f--k you," plus "s--t," "bitch," and "a--hole." Ultimately it's a crowd-pleasing action movie with a well-intentioned but slightly contradictory message involving both peace and the importance of armed defense.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Thriller
  • Release Date:June 28, 2013
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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