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Colombiana Review

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4.0

Dave White Profile

Don't mess with horticulture. Read full review

2.0

Grae Drake Profile

Don't just suspend disbelief--eradicate it Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    45

    out of 100

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

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Colombiana is silly fun at first, but as her break-ins and escapes grow absurdly complex - and her motivations increasingly muddy - it turns into the same silly stuff we've seen before, a dish of revenge served not so much cold as reheated.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    There are guilty pleasures to be had in this frenzied B starring Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek), who gives an acrobatic performance that makes the overcooked material watchable, if not entirely enjoyable.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Saldana is in top form for the acrobatics required in the role, and she makes the gritty determination of her character believable.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

Violent action movie is all about killing and revenge.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this action movie from producer/writer Luc Besson (The Transporter, Taken) is rated PG-13, it's very violent and intense, revolving around the brutal murder of a 9-year-old girl's family and her subsequent dedication to revenge. There are lots of killings, and the main character kills without any punishment (except for the fact that she has lost all of her loved ones). There's no nudity, but the main character (played by popular Avatar actress Zoe Saldana) wears an array of tight/revealing outfits -- including a see-through tank top -- and there's lots of sexual suggestion. Language is infrequent but includes "f--k" and more than one use of "s--t." Bad guys drink cognac and smoke cigars from time to time.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How is the violence portrayed in the scenes with the 9-year-old girl, as opposed to the scenes with the grown-up character?
  • What message does the movie send about revenge? Does it make you feel better to "get back" at someone who has wronged you? Is violent vengeance ever justified?
  • Is the main character a heroine? What makes her interesting?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The movie's overall message is one of revenge, and the main character destroys everything in her life to carry it out.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The main character's life has been shaped by violence and revenge. She kills in cold blood and rarely pays any consequences for those actions. All of her relationships suffer, and she loses almost everything important in her life. She sometimes weeps at these losses, but it's hard to imagine that she would have changed anything.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: For the film's first half hour, there's incredible violence as experienced by a 9-year-old girl. Her parents are murdered in front of her. She stabs a man in the hand and leads several other men on a high-action chase. She climbs and jumps from high heights. The men shoot at her, but she escapes. As an adult, the main character devotes her life to revenge and killing. She shoots and kills several men. Viewers see dead bodies and blood. There are hand-to-hand fights, stabbings, and explosions. Men are devoured by both sharks and dogs (mostly off screen).

  • sex false3

    Sex: The main character and her boyfriend have sex, though nothing is shown. A bad guy goes to bed with four voluptuous, bikini-clad women, though there's no nudity. The main character appears in an array of sexy outfits, including a slightly see-through tank top in one scene, and underwear in another. She also takes a shower (nothing sensitive shown). Brief innuendo.

  • language false3

    Language: Language is strong but fairly infrequent. Words include one use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "bastard," "son of a bitch," "ass," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: A character has an iPhone that's prominently on display.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults -- mainly the bad guys -- drink cognac and champagne and smoke cigars in a background kind of way.

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