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Aeon Flux Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

… spaced-out seriousness. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 2.0
    36

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Smultaneously silly, ostentatious and terribly boring.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Theron is an arresting image, but, like everything else in Aeon Flux, she's stranded in a trashy and derivative glum zone of fashion-runway fascism.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    By forcing definition on Flux, the filmmakers rob her of any allure. What do they offer instead? Clumsy exposition, bland PG-13 gunfights and subpar computer animation.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The ideas underlying Aeon Flux's plot are the film's strength, and the filmmakers deserve some credit for doing more than paying lip service to them.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Violent -- not for younger kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film, as it follows an assassin on her mission, includes violent, bloody scenes, in particular, repeated martial arts fights (with sounds of bones breaking), stabbings and shootings (with automatic weapons as well as sniper-style guns), a woman's murder by government agents (she opens the door, expecting someone else, and the film cuts from her surprised face to the next scene), explosions (of buildings and a floating blimp-like lab), and several on-screen deaths of recognizable characters (villains and seeming heroes). Characters wear form-fitting futuristic clothing, some resembling bondage gear (one character makes a brief, joking reference to bondage as sexual practice, a great reduction from the source anime). Aeon appears nude, rising from bed, her back to the camera, a couple kisses then has (implied) sex. Music is loud and pounding during chase and fight scenes. The film also includes some semi-complex conversations concerning the ethics of cloning humans.

  • Families can talk about Aeon's decision to go off mission when she "feels" something is wrong. How does her questioning of authority show her independence, as well as her stubbornness? How do Aeon's memories (technically, a previous life) compel her present actions? How does the film weigh family (specifically, sisterly) loyalty against romance?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Aeon learns to trust her instincts rather than her orders; the evil governing system is toppled.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Shootings, fights, explosions, stabbings: Aeon is an assassin and her enemies range from sleek and athletic to thuggish.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Women characters wear skimpy, stylized clothing; Aeon appears undressed (back to camera); one implied sex scene.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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