Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. 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.... (Full plot summary below)
Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. 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.
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San Francisco Chronicle - 10/10 by Mick LaSalleThere may be better examples of cinematic art in 2013, but for a good time at the movies, it's hard to imagine anything beating this action extravaganza, from director Roland Emmerich, about a very Obama-like president.
ABC Radio Brisbane - 9/10 by Matthew ToomeyCharacters behave in a manner that often doesn't make sense. It's like watching a bad horror movie where the victims act as if they want to get caught.
RogerEbert.com - 8/10 by Marsha McCreadieWhite House Down is still too gun-happy, and too long, but however you feel about the Oval Office, our country, or some of the movie's jingoism, young Emily is worth rescuing.
Charlotte Observer - 8/10 by Lawrence ToppmanOnly in the last half-hour do the usual Emmerich absurdities pile up: I laughed outright at the character who, past 65 and diagnosed with a massive brain tumor that will kill him within months, cannot be stopped by a ferocious beating, being stabbed in the neck with a sharp implement, then being crushed against a wall by an SUV moving at a minimum of 30 mph.
New York Post - 8/10 by Lou LumenickYou couldn’t ask for a more fun summer popcorn movie than White House Down.
Movie Talk - 8/10 by Jason BestEmmerich has a bigger budget to play with than Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua yet fails to get more bangs for his bucks or outdo his predecessor's guilty-pleasure thrills. With Olympus it was the effects that were cheesy; here it's the script.
The A.V. Club - 8/10 by Ignatiy VishnevetskyWhile White House Down isn’t going to score points for originality, seriousness, or subtlety (Emmerich likes his political messages blunt and loud), it is a lot of fun; if nothing else, Emmerich is a great widescreen showman who knows how to stage mayhem on a grand scale.
Austin Chronicle - 7/10 by Marjorie BaumgartenWhite House Down is amply endowed with enough tension, humor, and calamitous action to ensure it a solid berth in the summer box-office sweepstakes. Channing Tatum comes into his own as a leading man in this picture, proving himself as a beefy yet agile action star and not just the pure beefcake of "Magic Mike."
The Hollywood Reporter - 7/10 by David RooneyAn action thriller that doesn’t know when to quit. For the most part, though, it remains preposterously entertaining.
Time - 7/10 by Mary PolsWhat makes White House Down not just tolerable but frivolously entertaining is its slapstick soul; a scene where the presidential limousine does doughnuts on the South Lawn plays like an homage to the Keystone Kops.
Los Angeles Times - 7/10 by Kenneth TuranWhite House Down is a hoot and a half, a shameless popcorn entertainment that is preposterous and diverting in just about equal measure.
Shadows on the Wall - 7/10 by Rich ClineThis is a ludicrously contrived thriller that's also a guilty pleasure because the actors refuse to take things seriously.