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Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker Review

Movies.com Critics

2.0

Dave White Profile

… boring and lifeless. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    42

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    A lame and disappointing affair.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker is "Agent Cody Banks" played British and kinda straight -- that is, as straight as you can when your villain, who dispatches foes with a giant jellyfish, is played by a toothpick-chomping Mickey Rourke in purple eye shadow.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Staff [Not Credited]

    Though the film is not terribly original (and features a jarringly miscast Alicia Silverstone as Alex's nanny), the action scenes are diverting, the veteran cast is amusing and the engaging Pettyfer makes a solid debut.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    It's better than some James Bond movies--no matter what your age.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Teen spy hero makes leap from book to screen.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is fine for tweens overall (despite lots of violent material) and will appeal to kids who've read the popular book series it's based on. It's fairly tame when it comes to sex and language, but the violence is pretty intense for a PG-rated film. There are guns, shooting, and explosions throughout, as well as scenes of peril and action (involving airplanes, motorcycles, horses, cars, and boats). No blood is shown.

  • Families can talk about whether a 14-year-old would really have the guts and gumption to be a spy. Why does he put himself in dangerous and life-threatening situations? Did he have any other options, or was he forced into being a spy? Parents can ask kids who've read the books to compare them to the big screen version -- which do they like better? Why? Who would they have cast in all of the roles?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A main character depends on violence to solve problems. The MI6 people aren't exactly warm and cuddly, and they force Alex into service. A character is senselessly killed.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Guns, shooting, fighting, and explosions throughout. A man with two guns (pointed into the camera) assassinates a character, although we don't see the impact. A character is killed for making a simple mistake. Many scenes of peril, including car and motorcycle chases, skydiving, and careening off buildings, although no blood is shown.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Mild flirting between teens.

  • language false0

    Language: A couple of "hecks."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Nintendo, BMW, Mini-Cooper, zit cream, a fountain pen that shoots sodium pentathol, reference to Hogwarts.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking among adult characters.

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