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

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 16

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Firewall is a witless entertainment, and a derivative one, too; it's everything listless about Hollywood in February, everything discardable about the genre in general.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Before Firewall crumbles into foolishness, Harrison Ford and Paul Bettany make an oft-recycled plot look like a stylish model that just rolled out of a showroom.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Firewall might be worth renting on an inclement weekend when the pickings are slim. It does have some tense moments - even if some of the technical plot points don't quite scan. But, overall, it just feels like a rehash.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The amount of enjoyment one gets out of the Harrison Ford crime-action thriller Firewall depends on one's tolerance for watching thugs terrify an innocent family for most of the movie.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    An ingenious attempt to update an old plot with new technology, and it is made with competence, skillful acting, and the ability to make us feel cleverer about digital stuff than we really are.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Harrison Ford as action hero again. Teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film considers fears of surveillance, with characters showing both anxiety and ingenuity trying to avoid it. It includes multiple tense scenes, as well as violent scenes, both abrupt (as when the villains burst into the family's home and again when the chief villain whomps Jack across the face) and sustained (a prolonged, bruising, bloody fight scene at the end). References are made to online gambling and identity theft. The family's escape attempt appears in fast cuts and jarring images; a child who is allergic to nuts suffers an alarming, nearly fatal reaction. Villains brandish guns, and three men are shot on screen, upsetting other characters who observe. Characters use mild language and a villain's dumping of the family dog leads to the mom's and kids' tears.

  • Families can talk about the insecurity of online exchanges, of information, money, and identities. What does Jack's change from compliant victim to agitated hero suggest about the consequences of pushing "nice guys" to the edge? How must Jack give up some of his authority (at least until the film's climax), to prevail over his more predictable enemies?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Villains are greedy and aggressive; hero must use deadly violence to save his family.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Guns wielded, sudden shootings, bloody fisticuffs, smashed cars, bodies thrown through windows; a child suffers a severe allgeric reaction.

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    Sex: Villains threaten family, including wife and 14-year-old girl, forcing wife to pretend to have an affair with her husband's friend.

  • language false4

    Language: Language includes "screw you," "s--t," "a single "f--k," and "hell."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Equifax (online service), Flintstones on television.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue