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Skyscraper Reviews

March 11, 2020
Leaden, formulaic.
July 17, 2018
With a panache worthy of Oscar Wilde, Johnson delivers lines such as: "This is stupid!"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 16, 2018
Along with Johnson's rippling physique and heroic fingertips, the film's chief asset is the creatively conceived title object-the very tall building.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 14, 2018
It would be fair to say that Skyscraper does what it sets out to do but the unambitious agenda isn't something I'm especially interested in watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 13, 2018
The pleasures here come from watching an extraordinary physical specimen go through a lo-tech workout routine thousands of feet above the ground as he tries to rescue his family from a burning superskyscraper.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 13, 2018
As a streaming option on a slow night or a long flight, the movie has its uses. But you've seen almost all of this before, with more wit and a better villain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 13, 2018
Skyscraper itself defies gravity - and plain sense, and humour, and self-awareness, and most things even a dumb, hot-buttered blockbuster would have even a little of.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 13, 2018
All "Skyscraper" has going for it is a tall building.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 12, 2018
So, stupid was a given. A more pertinent question might be: is it fun? And the answer is yes, although it's sometimes not quite as much fun as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 12, 2018
The movie is great, outlandish fun because the star makes it so; he's a soft soul in an action-hard body.
July 12, 2018
Just another film that squanders the movie-star charisma of Johnson, who should consider lending his box-office clout to more worthy projects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 12, 2018
"Skyscraper" is not one of Dwayne Johnson's best. It's slow getting off the ground, and never completely achieves flight, at least not in the sense of transport.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 12, 2018
Belief is willingly suspended, on account of dumb summer fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 12, 2018
You know this movie is stupid because, well, it stars Dwayne Johnson and it's called "Skyscraper." What you may not know is how stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 12, 2018
Nobody in this film has a personality; they're just evil, stoic, mildly badass (particularly Neve Campbell, as Will's resourceful wife) or The Rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 12, 2018
Skyscraper is the kind of movie you can watch on a flight, without bothering to wear headphones. In fact, it might play better that way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 12, 2018
Just intense enough to provide a much-needed diversion, just lightweight enough to make you forget about it soon after it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 12, 2018
Computer systems may be able to perform remote-control miracles but they're all hackable and in the end, nothing can compare to the Rock's durable combination of muscle and Boy Scout know-how.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 12, 2018
"Skyscraper" is dumb summer fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 12, 2018
Of course, in real life, Johnson doesn't really leap from cranes into burning buildings. But in the unapologetically absurd Skyscraper, boy, does he make you believe he could.
July 12, 2018
Not even Johnson can stoke the flames of this damp squib of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
July 12, 2018
It's extremely stupid, but a lot of fun.
July 11, 2018
It feels like a dumbed-down, poor man's Die Hard, despite costing a lot more to make.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 11, 2018
[Skyscraper] delivers similar old-fashioned, popcorn-y pleasures with its Rock-solid foundation, with a bare-bones plot and plenty of stunts that do for tall buildings what Jaws did for sharks.
July 11, 2018
This is the sort of thing that requires classic Rock, not an experimental but-what-if-I-maybe-acted-like-this-was-Sophie's-Choice? Rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 11, 2018
It's a sign of the half-baked nature of the film that Sawyer is continually being upstaged by his own artificial foot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 11, 2018
Mr. Johnson... doesn't have to do all that much here, but as one of the last authentic monuments to he-man masculinity, he easily holds you rapt.
July 11, 2018
It does the job better than most, thanks largely to its hulking hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 11, 2018
The effects are grand. The script is less so. The plot improbabilities reach critical mass and explode. By then fireballs are coming out of your ears and eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 11, 2018
Skyscraper is one of the stupidest movies I've seen since San Andreas, but I enjoyed it a great deal - more than San Andreas, certainly, as well as Rampage and Baywatch and most other Dwayne Johnson pictures.
July 11, 2018
For a film with an incredibly straightforward premise - effectively, man goes upstairs - Skyscraper trips over itself an awful lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 11, 2018
If all this digital artifice accomplishes anything, it effectively heightens the irreducible flesh-and-blood realism of the movie's star.
July 10, 2018
While it's a completely disposable story, "Skyscraper" is fascinating simply for Thurber's fascination with evolving Johnson's star persona.
| Original Score: 2/4
July 10, 2018
I almost admire the laziness of the scripting. In this overworked, underpaid country of ours, why begrudge a screenwriter seizing the chance to knock off early?
July 10, 2018
How are we supposed to be genuinely thrilled when it's glaringly obvious this Hong Kong tower was digitally inserted in a Hollywood editing room?
July 10, 2018
A cheerfully derivative and hugely enjoyable piece of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 10, 2018
"Skyscraper" plays out like a metaphor for diminishing returns - Johnson keeps climbing, higher and higher, until there's nowhere left to go but down.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 10, 2018
Skyscraper is one of the most idiotic action movies to come down the pike in some time. It's also a lot of fun if you're willing to go with it...
July 10, 2018
This is escapism, pure and simple, and though the structure is rickety, by enlisting Johnson, Thurber ensures that his "Skyscraper" is built on solid Rock.
July 10, 2018
This is stupid but it's also mostly entertaining, thanks to Johnson and a plot that moves fast enough to retain our attention yet without enough, ahem, originality to ensure it lingers in our minds once the fire has been extinguished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 10, 2018
A film that suggests what would happen if you took The Towering Inferno and Die Hard and stripped them of the qualities that made both work.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 10, 2018
The whole film feels as if it's on autopilot, or maybe written by artificial intelligence that's been fed a steady diet of the "Die Hard" oeuvre, "Speed," "Das Boot," and, I'm guessing, "The Towering Inferno."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 10, 2018
You'll recognize the DNA of other movies here, but that familiarity won't interfere with the vertiginous thrills, the breathtaking stunts (and CG), and the near-constant state of adrenaline-fueled action.