• Mitchell Beaupre

    ★★ Watched by Mitchell Beaupre 16 Apr, 2014

    A decent premise but it's not enough to sustain an entire picture on that alone and so instead they fill it with the rote, conventional "detective on his last day" plotline with Robert Duvall's character and about five too many scenes with Barbara Hershey who is required to do the exact same thing on repeat the entire movie. Michael Douglas is fine, there are some pretty amusing scenes every so often and it does say some mildly interesting things about…

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  • Chevalier

    ★★★½ Added by Chevalier

    Middle age crisis gone very much wrong for a man who was trapped in a bubble for most part of his life. Just to eventually wake up, forced to face reality. D-FENSE lashes his frustrations at the world, at the wrong targets, but there's no catharsis in his fury. Yet the movie doesn't ask pity from the audience. It wants to make us understand his frustrations, to feel empathy, not sympathy.

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  • E Harrison

    ★★ Watched by E Harrison 07 Apr, 2014

    this is like basically a look at eighties-era angry white conservative dudes who feel gypped by the system, and as such is pretty uninteresting. watching D-Fens (the central guy) throw progressively more destructive tantrums is like watching a baby draw on your walls, and robert duvall's investigation is way more focused on his impending retirement than moving the story forward. it's got a few pretty lucid, biting moments, but overall kind of a wash

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  • johnch

    ★★★½ Watched by johnch 03 Apr, 2014

    Douglas is great and the film and D-Fens' anger for all the comedic moments it provides remains relevant today. Duvall's performance is good enough to make us forget what a cliche his character is.

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  • Pyrohemian

    ★★½ Watched by Pyrohemian 26 Mar, 2014

    I'm not sure why but something about the tone of this movie really rubbed me the wrong way. It's a competent film in nearly every aspect but just something about how the film deals with Michael Douglas's character just feels off in a way that made me feel sick in my stomach.

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  • Gorjan

    ★★★½ Watched by Gorjan 02 Apr, 2014

    This movie starts out exactly like Office Space!

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  • Kyle Rogers

    ★★★★ Added by Kyle Rogers

    A dark comedy with something interesting to say about the middle years, Falling Down remains to this day the sole film I've enjoyed by the bombastic Joel Schumacher. It's pretty much a cult film today, and while I enjoy it immensely, Falling Down is a flawed film, mostly due to the final act. Still, Michael Douglas is brilliant in showing a calm sense of irreverence to everything going on after all of the shit in his life piled up around him to his breaking point. Just make sure you know it's all satire and not meant to be taken seriously.

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  • yurik09

    ★★★★ Added by yurik09 2

    One of my favourite Michael Douglas performances. A story that is still very relevant today i think. A re-watch needed

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  • moaihead

    ★★★★ Added by moaihead

    - I didn't like how much focus there was on this jolly, fat cop guy, or his wife, or Michael Douglas's wife. I guess family stuff in movies is mostly annoying to me, more than anything. Like, THAT'S his motivation? He misses his kid? Or it's sort of implied by the scene with the Asian guy that he thinks America is starting to suck. Like he blames his professional and personal failings on politics and pop culture or something. It…

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  • Tom Prankerd

    ★★★½ Added by Tom Prankerd

    Joel Schumacher's tale of urban breakdown is compelling and unnerving, with a steely performance from Michael Douglas. However, I do think it makes a mistake in having D-Fens already several miles off the track before the film starts (even if it takes a while for the audience to be informed); the idea that a perfectly sane person could snap would be much more unsettling.

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  • coachD

    ★★★★ Rewatched by coachD 24 Mar, 2014

    Darkly funny. Robert Duval is great as usual. The American flag usage is a little heavy handed though...

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  • Patrick Pryor

    ★★★ Watched by Patrick Pryor 18 Mar, 2014

    Tonally confused. Scenes of Robert Duvall pacifying his crazy-ass wife bog down what should be a lean mean mad dog about a man unhinged. Douglas plays creepy, but this film doesn't know if it's a satire a psychological thriller or a farce about a grandfatherly cop's last day on the job. Duval brings the twinkle, while Douglas spews some bigotry. Features a "villain" plunging to his death from a great height (of course).

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