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San Andreas

Action . Drama . Thriller . Adventure

In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter.

Actors: Dwayne Johnson , Alexandra Daddario , Carla Gugino , Ioan Gruffudd , Archie Panjabi , Paul Giamatti , Hugo Johnstone-Burt , Art Parkinson , Colton Haynes , Kylie Minogue
Directors: Brad Peyton
Country: USA
Release: 2015-05-29
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  • Steven Rea

    Quite literally the blockbuster of the year.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The CGI effects in this film, directed by Brad Peyton, are quite remarkable and help take one’s mind off the cornball disaster-brings-families-together underpinnings.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    By turns frightening, exciting and ridiculous, San Andreas is, in the end, more impressive than anything else.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Starting with a mountainside rescue setting up Ray's bravery, through cities ruined and a tsunami leveling San Francisco, San Andreas is gnaw-your-knuckle fun. Which is the roller coaster conflict that comes with the disaster movie genre, the closeness to horrific reality that attracts millions yet repels a sensitive few.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    There are really no surprises here. But the action is bracing, Johnson’s performance is solid and, within its extremely narrow parameters, entirely convincing, and Gugino and Daddario are both gritty and attractive. The result is a pretty exemplary popcorn movie. Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    There are big, loud entertainments like “Mad Max: Fury Road” that I find myself enjoying even with my critical-thinking cap on, and then there are movies like San Andreas that somehow go straight to my lizard brain; this movie’s dumb, and its portrayal of urban devastation borders on the pornographic, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t entertained.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    San Andreas shows that sometimes the fake stuff can get the job done beautifully. I don’t want to make any claims that San Andreas is a great film. It’s not. But as mindless sensory barrages go, its fakery taps into something real: It shows us just how impotent we all are to control our planet. Unless, of course, you happen to be The Rock.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    The reason you go see San Andreas is to see what the state of the art looks like when you destroy an entire state, set piece after set piece, and Brad Peyton delivers on that.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    It’s obvious from the start what’s going to happen, and although San Andreas occasionally makes some interesting moves (the swift offing of a character who pops up simply to be annoying is one of them), it’s mostly a paint-by-numbers affair bolstered by jaw-dropping CGI and a desire to completely flatten as much cityscape as possible.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Kevin C. Johnson

    The special effects and especially the 3-D are top-notch.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    I enjoyed large chunks of San Andreas, largely because the actors give it a full load of sincerity, and there's some bizarrely effective comic relief thanks to Hugo Johnstone-Burt and Art Parkinson as Brits who picked the wrong week to visit the Bay Area.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    What sells this formulaic corker of Apocalypse Porn is the cast.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    You see San Francisco and Los Angeles falling apart very loudly and dangerously, and in great computer-generated detail. But there’s nothing memorable or beautiful about the carnage; no specific moments to replay in your head once the film is over.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    There are things in San Andreas that no one would have dreamed of seeing 40 years ago, when "Earthquake" (with its tacky, plaster-cracking “Sensurround”) represented the state of the art. But nothing means anything. The spectacle feels less earned than Dwayne Johnson’s biceps, which are ludicrous but not hollow.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Julia Cooper

    Between its steroidic CGI and emotionally vacant plot line, the movie is all flex, no muscle.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    It's an orgy for disaster porn devotees.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Considered as pure spectacle, San Andreas is gripping and effective. Full Review
  • Brian Truitt

    The cringeworthy dialogue and unmoving earnestness are the biggest disasters in this mostly forgettable action flick.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The dialogue in San Andreas is lame, its plot both predictable and implausible, and the character development beside the point. Even Dwayne Johnson, that force of cinematic nature and rock-ribbed charisma, doesn’t have enough charm to dig this mess of a movie out of the rubble of cliche it’s buried in.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    San Andreas doesn’t have much interest in the lives lost during its sequence of catastrophes, but it does dole out plenty of the large-scale spectacle that matters in disaster films of this type.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Handsomely shot by Steve Yedlin, Rian Johnson’s regular cinematographer, and boasting a typically likable Dwayne Johnson as its star, San Andreas nonetheless struggles to drum up tension or interest, even as skyscrapers topple like Jenga towers and massive tidal waves sweep through San Francisco Bay.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Justin Lowe

    The movie is at its strongest when it integrates family dynamics into the plot rather than indulging in extreme couples therapy.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Even by the non-Olympian standards of the disaster genre, San Andreas is chock-full of cliché characters, staggering coincidences and wild improbabilities.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    Campy but never campy enough and far too numbingly artificial to ever drum up any real suspense or sense of awe, the film has a scale that's squandered on visual witlessness.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • James Luxford

    San Andreas' whirlwind of action and devotion to the disaster movie playbook will satisfy those looking for a loud, effects-filled ride. Those inspecting it any closer will find a cookie cutter studio blockbuster which stretches disbelief to its limits.

    CineVue Full Review
  • John Hazelton

    The very earnest human drama fits awkwardly into the action and isn’t helped by some unconvincing performances and weak dialogue.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    After providing some blissfully stupid B-movie thrills for its first hour, the film suffers from spectacle overkill.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kevin Harley

    The cast’s likeable work falls right through the script holes.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

    If you crave Emmerich-esque disaster-porn with a mega body count, there’s plenty here to OMG at. But when it comes to character depth or plotting, San Andreas is a sadly familiar wasteland.

    Empire Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    There's nothing to keep the pulse alive after the first quake. Peyton throws in a second quake and a tsunami, but after a while buildings tumbling into the ocean are just a bunch of pixels turning everything into visual mush and leaving audiences in a digital stupor.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    In Brad Peyton's San Andreas, the biggest earthquake in recorded history is less natural disaster than divorce negotiation process.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Oblivious to both narrative logic and the laws of physics, the cliché-filled San Andreas doesn’t nearly have the star power of earlier, better disaster movies it borrows from like “The Poseidon Adventure,” “Earthquake” and “The Towering Inferno.”

    New York Post Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    It’s hard to stay connected to a disaster film where the biggest disaster is the script.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    San Andreas changes all too quickly from satisfyingly foolish to dismayingly dumb to genuinely stupid.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The purpose of San Andreas is not to make us think, but to make us gape, to pummel us with effect and effect until we finally give in. Fair enough. Uncle. I need a Tylenol anyway.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The most disturbing thing about this may be how dull and routine it seems. Computer-generated imagery can produce remarkably detailed vistas of disaster — bridges and buildings collapsing; giant ships flung onto urban streets; beloved landmarks pulverized — but the technology also has a way of stripping such spectacles of impact and interest.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    San Andreas can't wait for the carnage. The problem is, it's too chicken to ask us to comprehend it. It's all big, distant, unfathomable wreckage -- all shattering skyscrapers and rippling cityscapes -- with no sense of the human cost.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    Run! Run for your lives! Get out of this theater now! Two hours is a terrible thing to waste!

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    This is pure Disaster 101 formula, although distilled to the minimum amount of dialogue and characters possible.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    San Andreas is a disaster — literally. That’s not to take a piece out of Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson. His charm and family-man-style fearlessness as the movie’s star is the only saving grace in this thuddingly repetitive, badly written crash-a-thon.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    San Andreas, by its very nature, begs, borrows, and outright steals from other, occasionally better, disaster epics.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The allure of San Andreas rests entirely on the calibre of its pandemonium, savored, ideally, with a brawling audience on a Friday night. Indeed, it is the kind of movie that makes me want to campaign for the serving of alcohol in leading cinema chains — mandatory beer, I propose, with shots of Jim Beam to toast the dialogue.

    The New Yorker Full Review
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