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Falling Down

action & adventure, drama, thrillers


A day in the life of a laid-off defense worker, estranged from hiswife and young daughter, and driven beyond frustration in an endless traffic jam.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    73%
  • Audience Score
    84%

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  • Audience

    84%

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A man just had enough of it all and starts walking through L.A. picking up increasingly lethal weapons as he encounters disrespect, violence and injustice and reacts accordingly. Like with every vigilante, the law soon starts to take notice in shape of likable cop Robert Duvall and tries to find the man. The problem is that Michael Douglas' character has the audience on his side each time he beats up a gang member or a Nazi store owner and then immediately loses it again when he starts to creep out his estranged family. At the same time each encounter with possible hostage tries to make the point that there isn't a bad person at work here. That may be intentionally so, but it makes it all more confusing and harder to care for the man. Of course the film has a few smart things to say about the human indifference in everyday urban life and the threshold of violence, but the ending turns out a bit too predictable.

- ironclad1609, Monday, December 19, 2011

3 stars

Joel Schumacher is an asshole because he likes pissing off audiences by pulling out these great performances from actors, but its totally wasted on a dipshit screenplay, stereotypes and ass-O-nine dialogue. He is a hack, if i may use a term that internet nerds would recognize. its also sad that in going to watch this on Youtube, i found nothing but comments like, "Thumbs up if you would have shot that ugly Jap in the mouth!" which is just "ironic as fuck" to me. so it seems that the more you understand Schumacher's films, the less you will like them. oh, and at the end after (spoiler spoiler spoiler) Douglas gets plugged, we have to see the stupid woman cop being rolled out to an ambulance with tubes up her nose like David Arquette at the end of every Scream movie. so Schumacher is like, "don't you guys just fucking hate these ignorant gang members and non-english speaking store-owners but goddamn, will you show some sympathy for the heroes with the twisted ankles please?"

- LoughnerWasLucid, Thursday, July 7, 2011

3 stars

Joel Schumacher is an asshole because he likes pissing off audiences by pulling out these great performances from actors, but its totally wasted on a dipshit screenplay, stereotypes and ass-O-nine dialogue. He is a hack, if i may use a term that internet nerds would recognize. its also sad that in going to watch this on Youtube, i found nothing but comments like, "Thumbs up if you would have shot that ugly Jap in the mouth!" which is just "ironic as fuck" to me. so it seems that the more you understand Schumacher's films, the less you will like them. oh, and at the end after (spoiler spoiler spoiler) Douglas gets plugged, we have to see the stupid woman cop being rolled out to an ambulance with tubes up her nose like David Arquette at the end of every Scream movie. so Schumacher is like, "don't you guys just fucking hate these ignorant gang members and non-english speaking store-owners but goddamn, will you show some sympathy for the heroes with the twisted ankles please?"

- LoughnerWasLucid, Thursday, July 7, 2011