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Assault on Precinct 13 Review

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

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Volatile yet fairly lunkheaded.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Serviceable, occasionally compelling but often formulaic.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It's no classic, but you don't need to be a cultist to get in on the tawdry fun.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    The 1976 John Carpenter original has been reworked enough to give the urban thriller a distinct flavor of its own, and stars Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne provide enough gravitas to keep things involving.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    All classic and airtight, and handled by Richet with economy and a sturdy clarity of action; he doesn't go overboard with manic action scenes.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

A satisfying thriller for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film has non-stop action violence with some very graphic injuries and many characters are killed. Characters use very strong language. There are some sexual references. Criminal characters include a drug dealer and killers. Characters drink and smoke and one abuses prescription drugs.

  • Families can talk about how Jake's earlier experiences affected his judgment -- for better or worse -- when the precinct was attacked.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Constant graphic violence, grisly images, many characters killed.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references.

  • language false3

    Language: Constant strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, smoking, pills, drug dealer.