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Be Cool Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 2.0
    37

    out of 100

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

  • 10

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Manages the dubious trick of being both execrable and boring.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The hell of it is, Be Cool is tepid entertainment that could be cool if it spent less time entertaining us as if we were demanding a definition of rhythm.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Despite a cast and production that seem to promise one of the year's first movies of any note, Cool never translates its promo-photo flashiness into authenticity on screen.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Even if you enjoyed the mean, funny 1995 John Travolta-Elmore Leonard crime comedy "Get Shorty"-and many of us did-this forced sequel isn't likely to help you repeat the experience.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Be Cool is not really cool as "Get Shorty" was, but it's entertaining, a frivolous cocktail rather than a vintage wine.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Watered-down sequel isn't meant for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a lot of violence for a PG-13, though it's not very graphic. Characters are shot and beaten and some are killed. There is some strong language, including racial and anti-gay terms and a joke about how "f--k" can only be used once in a PG-13 movie, followed by its one use. Characters drink, and constant smoking is portrayed as cool. Many of the characters lie, cheat, steal, use force, and otherwise behave like lowlifes and crooks.

  • Families can talk about how the characters in the movie decided what was important to them and who to trust. How will Sin's daughter feel about her father when she gets older? Why does Raji want to "act black?" In what way are the Dub MD's like today's rappers?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Racial and homophobic epithets. Many of the characters lie, cheat, steal, use force, and otherwise behave like lowlifes and crooks.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Action violence, characters shot, beaten, and killed, dead body.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Non-explicit sexual situation, sexual language.

  • language false3

    Language: Strong language for a PG-13.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, smoking.

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