Owen Gleiberman
June 14, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Sum of All Fears

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
124 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/31/02
performer
Ben Affleck, Alan Bates, James Cromwell, Morgan Freeman, Philip Baker Hall, Bridget Moynahan, Ron Rifkin, Liev Schreiber
director
Phil Alden Robinson
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Paul Attanasio
genre
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B-

Ben Affleck smartly takes over the role of CIA analyst Jack Ryan in The Sum of All Fears, a world-detonation thriller that is at once urgent and lazy — benefiting from its connection to current events and also, by the end, suffering from it. The first half has been put together with a good deal of paranoid urgency. Once it gooses our deepest dread, though, the movie has nowhere to go. Morgan Freeman, as the CIA director, and Affleck demonstrate a seasoned team’s nimbly cutting spontaneity.

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