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Doom Review

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3.5

Dave White Profile

… not as good [Aliens]. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 2.0
    34

    out of 100

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

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Plot, character development and dialogue are so sparse that the screenwriters are fortunate they're not paid by the word. But this basic approach doesn't render it ineffectual. There's so little to go wrong that those who like their entertainment mindless and violent will find little fault.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Doom, the film, aspires to be more than just a gory shoot em' up--though it'd still be a stretch to call it a thinking man's action movie.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    By hewing close to James Cameron's "Aliens" playbook, Doom manages to escape the game-to-movie curse that afflicted "Resident Evil," "House of the Dead," and, well, every other movie based on a game.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    For a big-screen disposable, Doom has a few jolts, a few good laughs and an attractive female lead to whom you want to say, "What's a nice girl like you doing on a Mars like this?"

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Bloody and gory. Not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie -- based on a first-person-shooter video game -- includes loads of shooting, which leads to frequent bloody wounds, dismemberments, and explosions. The marines curse repeatedly (they're especially fond of the f-word and "hell"), the monsters roar, attack, and generally look ugly. One marine anticipates going on leave, where he will have sex with "she-males." When a young marine takes a drug, a veteran rebukes him for being irresponsible. Monsters are dispatched horrifically. One marine is beheaded, another slammed against walls and ceiling, and still another turns into a monster and kills himself (being Christian, he crosses himself first) by slamming his head into an unbreakable window. One character in a wheelchair is missing his lower body, explained as the result of a molecular transportation accident.

  • Families can talk about the value of following orders, even when they seem wrong: does the Kid do the right thing by refusing to kill civilians who might be infected? Is Sarge right to follow orders no matter what? And, though the sister resents her brother's choice to become a soldier, how does the film suggest her dedication to science might also be misplaced?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Based on a first person shooter video game, the movie is primarily comprised of shooting, blowing up, and blood-letting.

  • sex false3

    Sex: With all the killing going on, sex is secondary, though one marine refers early on to a liaison with "she-males."

  • language false5

    Language: Repeated f-word.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: The film promotes the video game by its very existence.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Marines use drugs to enhance violent performance.

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