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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.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Kate Hudson is as blah and dazed as her costar is cloyingly enthused. If it's possible to have too even a tan, Hudson in Fool's Gold would be the poster child for it.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The jewels in the buried treasure, once sighted, look fake. But the bigger problem is how artificial the whole story feels.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A soggy, listless affair, this would-be fun-in-the-sun sunken-treasure frivolity starts taking on water from the get-go, thanks to drawn-out exposition and languid pacing.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    A movie that keeps reminding you of its antecedents, all the way back to 1984 and the comic adventure “Romancing the Stone.”

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The movie isn't entirely successful as a romance or as an adventure, which makes the experience of watching it feel shallow and hollow, sort of like the stars and the plot.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Blah romcom will bore teens. Some violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that with its likable, attractive stars -- Kate Hudson and the perpetually shirtless Matthew McConaughey (previously paired in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) -- this romantic comedy is likely to appeal to teen girls and women in search of a little eye candy. But it isn't just a romantic comedy, it's also a treasure-hunting adventure that features a few unexpectedly violent scenes. In fact, there's more violence than romance, which is limited to a couple of scenes of passionate kissing. There's also some language ("s--t," "bitch") and drinking.

  • Families can talk about what kind of movie this is -- a romantic comedy or an action/adventure. What do you expect from each kind of movie? What parts of the film "match" with each genre? Is the emphasis on McConaughey's body -- instead of Hudson's -- a departure from most romantic comedies? What does that say about who the filmmakers are trying to target? Kids: If you had made this movie, would you have included as much violence and as little romance? Why?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Finn prioritizes treasure hunting over being a responsible adult. Gemma is a rich bimbo stereotype. Tess seems more interested in Finn's body than anything else.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Finn is held at gunpoint and thrown tied to an anchor into the ocean. Several characters are shot at, and one dies from the shooting. Another character is taken hostage. Someone is pushed out of a flying helicopter into the ocean. Moe punches Finn in the face. Another character also dies in the water, which turns red.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Finn is almost always shirtless. Tess frequently mentions how good Finn is in bed and has a flashback to a library where you can hear them moaning but don't see anything. In another scene, they kiss passionately and then fall to the floor, but there's no actual love scene. Two characters discuss the power of Finn's "raw sexuality." Gemma is always in a revealing, tight outfit or bikini. Lots of cleavage; quick shots of part of a bare butt and breasts (girls flashing), from a distance.

  • language false3

    Language: The usual suspects: "s--t," "bitch," "bastard," "prick," "ass," etc.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: A few brand-names: MacPro laptop, Sidekick 3 PDA, Key West landmarks.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink beer, champagne, wine, and other cocktails with dinner or at bars.