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A Perfect Getaway Review

Movies.com Critics

2.0

Dave White Profile

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

  • 4.0
    63

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    It's still a gimmicky, tricked-out tale that is all too self-aware. But the film does keep you guessing and probably guessing wrong.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    For a thriller of its kind, it's a lively and slick summer escape.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    When the story’s twist arrives, you half-expect Twohy to throw in a couple of reels from "Dead Again," plus outtakes from "The Usual Suspects." It’s a lulu; I'm just not sure if it's the sort of lulu that will lead to great word-of-mouth.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Steve Zahn makes full use of the many varieties of hyper in his acting arsenal, while Timothy Olyphant has a heckuva good time telegraphing macho mania.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The plot will require some discussion after the film is over. Is it misleading? Yes. Does it cheat? I think not. It only seems to cheat. That’s part of the effect. All’s fair in love and war, and the plots of thrillers.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

Paradise-set thriller is stylish, slick, and very violent.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this tense "trouble in paradise" thriller has lots of bloody violence, from fistfights and beatings to shootings, stabbings, and even mutilation of a murder victim (shown on screen). There's also some drinking and drug use, a good bit of strong language (including "f--k"), and scenes with naked male and female buttocks (plus some implied toplessness). Parents also need to know that this review is for the theatrical rated version of the film.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Does it have more or less impact than what you've seen in other movies? Why? Does violence have to be bloody to be disturbing?
  • What do you think of movies that make a big deal out of having a "twist" ending? What separates a great twist from a cheap gimmick?
  • What dangers are involved in travel? How can travellers protect themselves?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Although the movie's overall message -- that you should always be careful (not "even on vacation" but "especially on vacation") -- could be seen as positive, it's couched in gore and sadistic violence.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The movie is about a relentless killer, but it does also portray stalwart fortitude and true love between an affectionate, commited couple (albeit not in the way you'd expect).

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Some grisly thriller violence, including graphic stabbings and shootings, plus fistfights, bloody wounds, and extreme moments like the mutilation of murder victims (shown on-screen), where teeth are removed and fingertips cut off to obscure a victim's identity. A character is shot point-blank but survives; viewers see the wound after the fact. An animal is hunted, eviscerated, skinned, and cooked. A victim is stabbed in the leg and pulls the knife out. A man, struck with a knife, has his hand split badly between his fingers (the wound is shown in detail).

  • sex false2

    Sex: Nude male and female buttocks shown during a skinny dipping scene. Shielded female toplessness. Discussions of sex, including the offer of "a B.J."

  • language false3

    Language: Fairly strong language throughout, including "f--k," "motherf--ker," "s--t," "hell," "ass," "Jesus," "Christ," "crap," "craptastic," "oh my God," "goddamn," and more.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Brands visible or mentioned by name include Trojan, Hummer, and Marvel Comics.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Chracters drink hard liquor and smoke marijuana. A psychotic killer is clearly fueled by crystal meth use.

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