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K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER


"Ford hunches his shoulders, reins in his cocky agility, and speaks with an accent so slight it's like the speech equivalent of a fake mustache...Liam Neeson plays an equally grim Soviet navy captain...these two strapping stars are surrounded by a crew of largely unknown actors in big fur hats playing many other stern-faced members of the Soviet navy...why, exactly, are we being invited to suffer through this horror? It's like watching a thriller about the cleanup of Chernobyl...a post-Cold War salute to the Russians in all of their comradely duty and loyalty to the motherland. Will this ironic tribute to the authoritarian spirit of our former enemies play in terror-minded America?" -- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"In spite of the mostly American cast's game attempts at Russian accents and their quaint habit of calling each other 'comrade' instead of 'mister,' 'K-19' fits solidly in a tradition that dates back to the 1940's when, for example, Cary Grant improbably captained an American sub on a perilous mission in 'Destination Tokyo'...The denouement takes too long in explaining what we have already witnessed. But then again, if it didn't, the film might fall short of the two-hour quota, and rules are rules. This may be the Soviet Navy, but it's still Hollywood, comrade." -- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson grapple with a leaky nuclear reactor core and even leakier Russian accents in 'K-19: The Widowmaker,' a movie with just enough pizzazz and novelty to keep it afloat...because Ford is an executive producer, his bad guy isn't all that bad, ultimately, and he sees to it that he gets the most traffic-stopping speeches, even if his accent is all over the map and the script has him uttering such clunkers as 'Men, you have done your duty for the Motherland!'" --Jami Bernard, The New York Daily News

"It's a pretty good sub movie, with some pretty good performances, that, alas, somewhat disintegrates in the last half-hour when the screenplay by Christopher Kyle goes all nutsy-Hollywood and tries to bring in our old friend, The End of the World. The other problem is that it's a movie that's been made at least 10,000 times before, usually not as well but sometimes much better." --
Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post


"'K-19's' determination to push hard for self-congratulatory morals and convenient resolutions undercut the film's strengths...unwilling to let the audience draw the appropriate conclusions about these men's heroism, 'K-19' throws in signpost dialogue, artificial plot complications and melodramatic character changes that cheapen rather than enhance the drama...It celebrates heroism with such a zeal for conventional emotional closure it might as well have been made under the old Soviet system that created K-19's problems in the first place." -- Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times