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Collateral Damage Review

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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

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

  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Five months after Sept. 11, the movie inevitably echoes those events, but in a loud and extremely cheesy way.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    What we get is simply another opportunity for Schwarzenegger -- who seems to be in perpetual Terminator mode -- to flex his muscles.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The result is an ''action film'' mired in stasis. The ending piles on the potboiler mayhem, but it's telling that Schwarzenegger's climactic catchphrase is down to one measly word. This time, he's the luggage.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    My guess is that the average firefighter, like the average American moviegoer, might sort of enjoy the movie, which is a skillfully made example of your typical Schwarzenegger action film.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Schwarzenegger in very violent vigilante film.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie is very violent, with extreme peril. Many characters are killed, including a child. A character is killed by having a poisonous snake forced down his throat. A character's ear is bitten off and spit out. The movie has strong language, and references to drug trade. The jitters of a character who appears to have had an overdose of cocaine are supposed to be funny.

  • Families can talk about the impulse for revenge and how to determine the best way to respond to terrorism. Were any of The Wolf's claims legitimate, even if his tactics were not? Do all conflicts create "collateral damage?"

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: There have been protests about the portrayal of Colombians.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

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

  • sex false3

    Sex: Mild for an R-rated movie.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue