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  • 2.0

    out of 100

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

  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Getaway seems built for non-English speaking territories in which dialogue is as disposable as Bulgarian police cars. If only those audiences were as dumb as the action itself.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    A car-chase clunker that can't escape its own noxious emissions.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Terrible but, in its squealing way, sporadically fun-terrible.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Getaway is pretty much a 90-minute car chase. That's it.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Mary Houlihan

    The racing is spectacular, especially when you consider director Courtney Solomon’s claim that no CGI was used in the crash scenes... Solomon wanted to put the audience in the middle of events and inside the car; he certainly does pull that off. Believe me, your head will spin. After a while it all becomes mind-numbing.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Lackluster action flick has too many smashed cars to count.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Getaway is a near-nonstop car chase from beginning to end. Ethan Hawke stars as a former race car driver whose wife has been kidnapped. The villain instructs him to drive a customized sports car on a specific route, plowing through crowded pedestrian malls, eluding the cops, causing all sorts of mayhem, and destroying too many vehicles to count. Selena Gomez co-stars as an unwilling passenger who becomes his ally. There's a bit of swearing ("s--t," "ass," etc.) and some serious product placement for the Shelby Super Snake -- the muscle car that's the real star of the film -- but the real issue is the constant loud crashing and destruction.

  • Families can talk about the kind of action violence shown in Getaway. What kind of impact does it have compared to what you might see in a horror movie? Is any of it meant to be realistic?
  • What audience do you think Getaway is intended to appeal to? How can you tell?
  • How far is Brent willing to go to save his wife? Where does he draw the line? What would you do? Is he a sympathetic character despite the choices he makes/actions he takes? Why or why not?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The bad guy tries to steal a fortune, and the good guy destroys hundreds of vehicles while threatening to run down scores of pedestrians and policemen, so there's no real positive takeaway here.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The main character will do almost anything to rescue his kidnapped wife, even if it involves untold vehicular mayhem.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Near-constant car chases, with too many smashed vehicles (cars, motorcycles, more) to count. They flip, fly, roll, tumble, and are destroyed in many other ways. A few scenes also include shoot-outs, and in one sequence, a woman is violently kidnapped.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: Language is mainly variations on "s--t," "ass," and "hell," with one possible use of "f--k" and a crude finger gesture thrown in, plus "damn," "crap," "oh my God," etc.

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Several Apple products have prominent roles, including an iPhone, an iPad, and a Mac laptop. The star of the film is a customized Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake sports car, with the logo and brand name appearing all through the movie.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The villain savors a martini while choreographing the mayhem.