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On DVD: May. 20, 2014 | On Blu-ray: May. 20, 2014

3 Days to Kill Review Critics


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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

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  • 38

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    USA Today Scott Bowles

    The result is a convoluted mess that has one good twist and two good car chases. But it's hardly enough to bring this spy flick in from the cold.

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  • 50

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    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    By any reasonable standard, 3 Days to Kill is a terrible movie: incoherent, crudely brutal, dumbly retrograde in its geo- and gender politics. But it is also, as much because of as in spite of these failings, kind of fun.

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  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    It’s all absurd in a way that is typical Besson. But it’s also undeniably entertaining, and it marks a relatively pain-free way to kill, if not three days, at least a couple of hours.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Without Costner’s movie star equity, this thing could have fallen apart in the first 30 minutes. He keeps us involved, even as we’re thinking: Wait, WHAT just happened?

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

Decent lightweight action film packed with shooting.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 3 Days to Kill is another slick, lightweight action movie by writer and producer Luc Besson. Nothing is very realistic and nothing is meant to be taken too seriously, but the stylized violence includes lots of shooting and killing, with very little consequence. Some blood is shown, but the movie is not overly gory. There's also some comical torture to get information, and a brief suggestion of teen boys attempting to sexually assault a teen girl. Language is infrequent but does include uses of "f--k" and "s--t." Sex is suggested between an adult couple, and a teen girl passionately kisses her boyfriend. A naked female bottom is shown in a tattoo parlor. There is some casual background drinking and one instance of drinking to comic effect. Teens may be drawn to younger stars Amber Heard or Hailee Steinfeld.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. What would be the real-life consequences of the violence that you see here?
  • What's appealing about a character that kills people for a living? Is he likeable? Is he a good role model?
  • What's appealing about the Vivi character? Is she a strong female character, or a stereotype?
  • How did you feel about the father-daughter relationship in the film? Is it realistic? What kinds of things did they talk about together? Did it inspire you to have a similar conversation in your home?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The value of spending time with family rather than working all the time is a central theme. Violence is stylized and life is taken without much consequence.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The main character is a good guy, and he loves his family, but he's a cold-hearted killer when his job requires it. He coolly dispatches several minions and lackeys throughout the course of the movie, with no consequences.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The movie features frequent, stylish violence with lots of shooting and killing. Blood is shown, but the movie is not overly gory. Characters are threatened and lightly tortured for information. In a brief suggestion of sexual assault, three teen boys surround a teen girl at a club; they are shown attempting to pull up her dress while she says "no." The main character suffers attacks and hallucinations (the images ripple back and forth), accompanied by nose-bleeds. A woman is decapitated in an elevator shaft (offscreen). There are car chases and explosions.

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    Sex: The main character and his ex-wife are shown kissing, and they wake up in bed together. He is seen ogling her body as she wears a sleek nightie. A teen girl passionately kisses her boyfriend. A woman's naked bottom is shown in a tattoo parlor. A dancer onstage appears to be naked, though she is mostly obscured by smoke, and nothing explicit is shown. A main character is shown wearing seductive clothing, and in one shot, she stands over the fallen hero wearing a leather skirt; there is some mild spoken innuendo about this incident.

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    Language: Language is very infrequent, but does contain the occasional strong word, such as "f--k," "s--t," "damn," "hell," and "Jesus Christ."

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters are shown sipping wine at home, or drinking casually in clubs. When the character gets his "attacks" and begins hallucinating, vodka is said to calm him down. He drinks roughly two-thirds of a bottle and, in a comical moment, is shown to be a bit tipsy.

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Don't listen to the critics by TopBull1
Go see it. Funny, sort of spoofy action movie with an engaging father/daughter story line that ends up being the focus of the movie. It doesn't take itself seriously, nor should you....just sit back, laugh and enjoy. I think teens through seniors would find plenty to entertain in this movie. Amber Heard appears from the trailers and promos to be a main focus, but she's really only a side character...there for the eye candy, but we all agreed the only disappointment in the movie. Our group of four adults all thoroughly enjoyed and laughed throughout. Hilarious scene about squatters and the French in the beginning. And Kevin Costner is his usual charming self - no matter what the critics think!


A positive review..! by DocHalle
I still went to see the movie altho there were a lot of negative comments. I loved the acting. It's sort a Mon ,Dad & Daughter re-union movie. I'm over 50 & I thought there were many adult scenes that tougched the heart. And btw........Wife.......I'm a secret govt agent...& I do bad things. It really keeps moving along. It's in Paris, some beautiful scenery. A bit of a spoiler........sort of. Bodies are every where. There isn't really more than a one line plot..But ladies if U like Kevin Costner as a Man's Man..Costner looks pretty good. Get a big popcorn & a soda and ck it out. Did U like Bull Durham?


3 days to kill by wrangler544
Great film, lots of action and some moving family moments, if you've ever had a teenage daughter you'll appreciate this movie. And of course, the critics panned this movie so that just about guaranteed that it would be good. As a general rule pick your movies by the critic's reviews: if they don't like it, you will.


No reaction on the faces of the people who saw the film before me. by momane
The film had a great title. I really thought this was going to be a really good action film. I didn't like the film. The acting didn't seem realistic, it felt as if they were just reciting their lines. It seem very confusing,and the storyline was bad. The action was so-so. This film is for teenagers and adults. However, I would not recommend this film to my friends .


Three days to kill by lnevillesmith
This was an action packed, edge of the seat movie that combined the softer side of human nature that needs care, love and emotional attachment. It did have the connotations of what our CIA and other off the line agents go through, one might be married but the spouse and children can never know what your job is. One of these people really must follow the adage, never carry your work home with you. If you like a suspense filled movie, full of thrills, yet showing the human side at the same time, THIS is a must go see movie. 4.5 stars rating from us four


Poorly made movie by ajbseb
Disjointed and uncoordinated movie. Story had potential however lack of character development, reason for some character actions and a disjointed editing process made the movie a d+ at best..


3 days to kill is a good Friday Night Movie by jaxmaas
Thought this movie was entertaining and the plot was good. The action was enough to keep my husband entertained and Costner was enough to keep my attention (over 50). I read in another review that it was not going to win and awards, which is true, however it is a fun and funny movie and there are certainly moments.


good movie by jr2224
3 days to kill was a good movie, its funny and has action. The cast did a great job, and the grade for this movie is an B-


Great Action Thriller! by tr6nalley
Thought Kevin Costner had great personality in this movie. The scenes were wonderful with the fast action through the streets of Paris. Kevin's quick wit made it enjoyable as well as with the rest of the cast. Writing had an edge to it but gentle as well. The whole family can watch this movie. It sparkled!


One of the worst movies I have seen in a loooong time. by jacobsonjodi
Horrible movie. Stupid plot, unbelievably bad dialogue (just so pat and mundane I can't even waste time describing it) and really poor acting. The whole thing was stupid. Don't waste your money or your time.