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Deterrence Review

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

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    The plot twists fall about as weightily as the fake snow.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    There's nothing super about the movie, aside from a loopiness that affords it a certain guilty-pleasure cachet.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The kind of movie that leaves you with fundamental objections. But that's after it's over. While it's playing, it's surprisingly good.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

A president wrestles with another Iraq war.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie deals with racism and politics.

  • Families can talk about how presidents have made these decisions in the past, those that were successful, those that failed, and those that are still being debated. Ask them whose advice they would listen to, if they were in Emerson's position, and what they would do if they did not have his Hollywood-style convenient resolution. What kind of qualities should a president have, and how are those qualities revealed in campaigns? What do they think about the way Emerson accepted the consequences of his decision?

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Character shot. Tense scenes of world peril.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Mild.

  • language false4

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking.