Box art for Crimson Tide

Crimson Tide

  • Rated R

action & adventure


A stellar cast including Academy Award(R) winner Denzel Washington (2001 Best Actor, TRAINING DAY), Gene Hackman (1971 Academy Award(R) Winner, Best Actor, THE FRENCH CONNECTION; ENEMY OF THE STATE), Viggo Mortensen (THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy)

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    87%
  • Audience Score
    83%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

War Games in the water; older teens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that characters use profanity and make a few derogatory comments toward women and girls. The suspense in the film may make it too frightening for more sensitive viewers. Some of the younger characters die, occasionally graphically, and many characters carry guns. One character holds a gun to the head of two different men during a standoff. The film deals with war and violence.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about current events. Parents may want to use the film as an opportunity to talk about the political unrest in Chechnya, Russia. They may also want to discuss how nuclear war against a country is different from fighting terrorism. How does the DVD make you feel about your country? Do the depictions of war correspond to stories from friends and family in the military? How do you express your sentiments about war? Do you respectfully disagree or try to intimidate and bully?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    87%
    reviews counted: 20
    see all Crimson Tide reviews
  • Audience

    83%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A riveting, high-testosterone nail-biter.

- Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: An uncommonly intelligent actioner...

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Fresh:

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Audience Reviews

0 star

Crimson Tide is a film directed by Tony Scott and anyone who has seen films by Scott knows that they are over stylized, hyper-edited and just plain patriotic films with corny dialogue and overblown music. Crimson Tide is no different. At times it feels like an ugly military propaganda-film that is cloaked as a statemet against nuclear guns. It also does not help that Crimson Tide is a film whic is cheesy as hell. There moments so corny that i had to roll my eyes while watching it. While there are actors as capable as Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman and James Gandolfini involved here, they still cannot escape the weakness of Michael Schiffer's screenplay. The dialgoue is mostly very bad and the twists just plain ridicilous with all the typical cliches of this kind of film. It all gets coated with seriously terrible and overblown score by Hans Zimmer. There is nothing wrong in Zimmer as a composer but here he just shoots for the money with big and patriotic score. Basically Crimson Tide is like a Top Gun but this time underwater. It is a film made by men for men who like to see men fighting against another men and like Top Gun, it all just ends up being something closer to an unintentional comedy than really thrilling thriller. Don't waste you time or money for this. Instead go and see The Hunt for Red October.

- emilkakko, Tuesday, February 26, 2013

0 star

Crimson Tide is a film directed by Tony Scott and anyone who has seen films by Scott knows that they are over stylized, hyper-edited and just plain patriotic films with corny dialogue and overblown music. Crimson Tide is no different. At times it feels like an ugly military propaganda-film that is cloaked as a statemet against nuclear guns. It also does not help that Crimson Tide is a film whic is cheesy as hell. There moments so corny that i had to roll my eyes while watching it. While there are actors as capable as Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman and James Gandolfini involved here, they still cannot escape the weakness of Michael Schiffer's screenplay. The dialgoue is mostly very bad and the twists just plain ridicilous with all the typical cliches of this kind of film. It all gets coated with seriously terrible and overblown score by Hans Zimmer. There is nothing wrong in Zimmer as a composer but here he just shoots for the money with big and patriotic score. Basically Crimson Tide is like a Top Gun but this time underwater. It is a film made by men for men who like to see men fighting against another men and like Top Gun, it all just ends up being something closer to an unintentional comedy than really thrilling thriller. Don't waste you time or money for this. Instead go and see The Hunt for Red October.

- emilkakko, Tuesday, February 26, 2013

4 stars

Totally entertaining naval suspense film with great cinematography and fantastic performances.

- kenstachnik, Saturday, October 1, 2011