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Con Air Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    52

    out of 100

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

  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    This movie is a perfect example of what's wrong with many big-budget films today: no characters, no intelligence, and, worst of all, little fun.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's so shameless, so psychotically nervous about keeping you ''thrilled,'' that the phrase over the top won't do it justice. It's like a drug designed for people who've done every drug and now want to be jet-propelled into numbness.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is a movie that knows it is absurd, and does little to deny it.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

A schmaltzy action-adventure at 8,000 feet.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that one character, a convicted rapist, threatens to rape a female guard and later attempts it. The film implies that a mass murderer killed a little girl (later, we find out he didn't). Characters graphically describe murders and rapes they have committed; many kill again, on screen and gruesomely.

  • Families can talk about why movies like Con Air make murder seem so easy. Why don't any of the characters seem affected by the murders they've just committed? Families may also want to discuss why the film depicts the felons as dangerous but also loveable. Families may also want to discuss Poe's heroics. Do women need to be saved? How do men in your family show they love women? Did Poe defend his wife's honor by fighting those men, or was he really defending his masculinity?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The plane is full of antisocial and sociopathic criminals who act in accordance; one stereotypically gay inmate; a lot of disrespect for authority.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: An inmate threatens then attempts to rape a female guard; several people are shot to death; an arm is severed from a body; a body is thrown from the plane.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: The "n" word is used several times; crude terms for a woman's vagina are used to belittle men; general swearing.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: The end is an ad for Las Vegas.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some smoking and drinking, but not by the main character.

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