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

  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Staff [Not Credited]

    Though it sounds like a blueprint for either disaster or dynamite, the movie is a bit too controlled to be either.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    One of the sharper, funnier, better-cast, better-written movies around right now. But there's something about it that, well, comes up short. [20 October 1995, Friday, p.C]

  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    With Get Shorty, Sonnenfeld has shown that broad appeal doesn't necessarily equate with stupidity. That's a lesson Hollywood should learn.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    One of the pleasures of Get Shorty is watching the way the plot moves effortlessly from crime to the movies - not a long distance, since both industries are based on fear, greed, creativity and intimidation.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

Violent caper film isn't for kids and young teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains scenes of violence, including gunplay, brief torture, and beatings where blood is spilled. One character's sadism may be upsetting for sensitive children. There are strong suggestions of sex, but nothing explicit onscreen, and we see two female characters in their underwear. Characters swear and drink in moderate amounts.

  • Families can talk about the characters' approaches to problem solving. Is Chili's use of violence any different from that of the other gangsters in the film? What other, more realistic strategies does he use to get things done? What is his idea of "respect", how does it differ from that of the gangsters (and producers) around him, and how does that put him at an advantage?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: No good role models.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Gunplay, brief torture, and beatings where blood is spilled.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some suggestion of sex, but not explicit.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking.