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Behind Enemy Lines Review

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

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    We, the people, are meant to cheer in response, but the spirit isn't willing. War is hell, but so is peace -- at least when it comes to movies in a no-man's-land like this one.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    There's nothing very rockin' about seeing Gene Hackman give a rare indifferent performance as a Navy admiral trying to effect a rescue for which his hands are tied.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A Hollywood production that appeals to our patriotism while respecting our intelligence.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Action movie with intense peril and devastation.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie, though rated PG-13, has intense peril and devastating violence, with many characters killed. Children and young teens are involved. There is brief strong language.

  • Families can talk about the complexity of today's military actions, compared to the stark contrast between freedom and tyranny in previous wars (at least as portrayed in most history books and movies). They might want to compare this movie to others like Three Kings (very mature material) and The Longest Day.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Battle violence.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Mild.

  • language false3

    Language: Strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke.