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Equilibrium 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.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Not a picture that makes you think very much -- except to wonder why the studios keep making movies like this.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The martial-arts sequences take this prosaic thriller to a higher level.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Would be a mindless action picture, except that it has a mind. It doesn't do a lot of deep thinking, but unlike many futuristic combos of sf and f/x, it does make a statement:

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Violent post-nuclear sci-fi is Orwellian.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is violent. The opening scenes show a sense police raid, involving much shooting and death. The closing scenes are of greater violence, big explosions and more death. In between there is intermittent violence and death. Despite this, the film isn't unusually violent for this kind of movie, and the deaths aren't gory. Some younger children might be upset by the sense police's arrest and abduction of Preston's wife in front of her young family.

  • Families can talk about how Preston, emotion and beauty win over the dour, controlling Librian state, yet rather than straightforward tales of good over evil, the film leads one to question these opposing concepts. Peace is surely good, but in this case evil derives from an all-consuming quest for peace, which itself breeds violence. Familes can also talk about how the importance of love, loyalty and joy abound in this film, but glory is associated with violence and destruction

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Violence and peril.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Sci-fi drug use.