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Olympus Has Fallen

action & adventure, thrillers

A terrorist mastermind kidnaps the President of the United States inside the White House, and a disgraced former Secret Service agent must save the President and take down the terrorists.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
5 out of 5

Patriotism and extreme violence in tense action flick.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Olympus Has Fallen is a remarkably violent but patriotic action thriller that's like Die Hard meets Air Force One, with way more blood. The body count is insanely high -- people are tortured, blown up, shot, and killed in hand-to-hand combat. Plus, a mom dies in a terrible car accident early in the film, and kids and animals are in peril. All of the violence is grisly and cringe-inducingly realistic -- you'll see severed limbs, cracked bones, televised assassinations, and blood splattering everywhere. On the other hand, there's no sex or romance except for a couple of marital kisses, and the language is strong ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole") but not relentless. The movie definitely bleeds red, white, and blue, but the intense violence is too much for young teens.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the amount of violence in Olympus Has Fallen. How does it compare to other action films you've seen? Is it necessary to the story? Is it more justifiable because it's in the service of saving the president?
  • For a long time after 9/11, it was frowned upon to show national landmarks being destroyed in a movie. Is it less impactful now, or is it still disturbing?
  • Koreans have recently become a popular "enemy" in movies and TV shows. What are the consequences of portraying a particular group that way?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Sadly, Mr. Butler lacks the wit and the range to convey anything other than grouchy belligerence, and the script, by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, seems intent on squandering opportunities to be clever or interesting.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, March 21, 2013

Fresh: "Olympus Has Fallen" goes through plenty of familiar motions, but does them well enough that it gets away with it. There's a reason movies like this die hard.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, March 22, 2013

Rotten: "Olympus Has Fallen" at least possesses the frisson of timeliness amid otherwise hoary action-movie cliches.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, March 22, 2013

Audience Reviews

2 stars

"Olympus Has Fallen" is ripe with the patriot cheese of yesteryear's; namely the films of Chuck Norris. Though it's jarring to see such ideals projected on screen in the year 2013, this film makes the fatal flaw of actually taking itself seriously. Norris' films are still enjoyable (for the most part) till this day because they are campy, nostalgia-filled cartoons... "Olympus has Fallen" on the other hand already feels years past it's expiration date. To Director Fuqua's credit, there are some terrifically choreographed scenes of rampant action on display, and to be honest I was surprised at how relentless these scenes were. Too bad they are in this movie. If you turn your brain right off, you may enjoy the pyrotechnics... otherwise, catch it on cable sometime. It's bound to be a mainstay of scheduled "fourth of July" programming.

- YLOWBSTARDreturns, Friday, May 17, 2013

3 stars


- aquateen2, Wednesday, April 17, 2013

3 stars

'Olympus Has Fallen' may have a rather dull plot and is chalk full of cheesy one liners, but the film scores big points for great action pieces, an engaging story, and just enough of some badass Gerard Butler-ness.

- fb100001048934982, Saturday, April 13, 2013