Excerpt: The film tries to be two things: straight-up action film and buddy comedy. In terms of the first it soon starts becoming so ludicrous and unbelievable that you have to wonder how anyone could survive all the things they did without nary a scratch; in terms of the second you think the jokes (such as they are) just don’t fit.
Excerpt: Unlike the Fox News, parnoia-fueled “Olympus Has Fallen,” “White House Down” at least understands that it’s a silly, derivative thriller, and provides some comic relief while delivering predictable thrills pretty much on schedule.
Excerpt: Most of the actors seem to be playing characters that are outdated by about 20 years. That would be okay if the film was any sort of effective throwback to action cinema of the past but instead it approaches something akin to bad parody with more CGI than wit.
Excerpt: The second of 2013’s terrorists-take-the-White-House thrillers (after Olympus Has Fallen), Roland Emmerich’s White House Down fares a little better than its serious-minded predecessor: this thing is so over-the-top dumb it almost becomes a parody of itself, and turns into a subversive little satire of the Gerard Butler-Morgan Freeman film in the process.