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Collateral Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 4.0
    71

    out of 100

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

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The movie never really gets below that surface. It sticks to the mean streets of Los Angeles without much introspection or analysis. But those surfaces are slick and beguiling.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Michael Mann's tensely funny and alive Los Angeles night-world thriller, is, in its own twisty way, a very high-stakes buddy movie, yet it doesn't look like one, because it leaps off from a situation more jangled and threatening than we're used to.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Shake it all up and you get Collateral, a movie with only one conceivable flaw: its disinclination to break new ground, though no one held that against "The Fugitive" more than a decade of Augusts ago.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is a rare thriller that's as much character study as sound and fury.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    Hugely entertaining thriller.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Powerful but violent thriller -- not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is extremely violent, with constant tension and peril and many graphic shoot-outs. Many people are killed. Characters use very strong language, drink and smoke, and there are references to drugs and drug dealing.

  • Families can talk about Vince's ability to compartmentalize. He says he did not kill one of the victims, "the bullet and the fall killed him." Notice the way that Vince is always to the left of Max except in one scene. Which scene is that and why? What were Max's options? What is the meaning of the title? Who or what serves as collateral?

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Extreme and graphic peril and violence, many characters killed.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, drug references.

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