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Fight Club Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 4.0
    66

    out of 100

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

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    If, as Fincher has said, this movie is supposed to be funny, then the joke's on us.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    It's fun to talk about...but the price you pay is enduring its excesses and pummeled-home thematic points.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    It's a genuine shocker - a dazzler of a film - a hellishly funny picture.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Lurid, twisted, and violent. Not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is wayyyy cool in terms of style and flip cynicism, and it's also wayyyy lurid, twisted, and violent. Older teens can hopefully take the over-the-top, R-rated cult hit as a dark-humored novelty act. It derives from a novel by trendy author Chuck Palahniuk. You wouldn't want kids to use either as a blueprint for behavior, which includes hazing-style beatings, vandalism, and bombings.

  • Families can talk about the cynicism and anarchy shown here. What pushes the main characters to behave that way? Why do the narrator and Marla have a fascination with self-help groups? How are the extremely flawed characters here somehow likeable?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The plot is pretty much an album of calculated, anti-social acts, from pointless brawls and hazing to impersonating leukemia victims and organized vandalism sprees, all explained as rebellion against a desolate consumer society.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Graphic hand-to-hand fighting. One character, judged uncommonly handsome, gets his faced brutally battered as a result. Extensive bombings of property.

  • sex false5

    Sex: A twisted love triangle, and so-called subliminal flashes of pornography in a subplot (if not in fact). Much talk of the breasts that grew on a male supporting character because of hormone treatment.

  • language false5

    Language: Graphic expletives.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drunkenness and frequent smoking.

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