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Hackers Review

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

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's a dismal mess...What's most grating about Hackers, however, is the guileless way the movie buys in to the computer-kid-as-elite-rebel mystique currently being peddled by magazines like Wired.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    There's not a slowly-paced scene or a dull moment to be found. If nothing else, this film won't bore the average viewer. However, when Hackers has been dissected, what's uncovered beneath the flashy skin is an old-fashioned, film-by-numbers thriller.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Recalls the pumped-up energy of "Pump Up the Volume," as well as its casting prowess.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Jolie, the daughter of Jon Voight, and Miller, a British newcomer, bring a particular quality to their performances that is convincing and engaging.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Jolie's high-tech thriller falls flat.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's a little drinking, a fair amount of smoking, and some quite explicit sexual fantasies in this film. The anti-authoritarian culture of computer hacking is glorified, and little distinction is made between harmless pranks and destructive viruses.

  • Families can talk about computer hacking and the ethics of the online world. Should information be shared freely or controlled? How would you feel if somebody hacked into your computer or if a virus damaged your files? This might be an opportunity to find out what your kid thinks about common activities like downloading music -- is it wrong to shoplift something from a store but okay to download music without permission?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Computer hacking. The creation of destructive viruses is celebrated.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: Suggestive dancing; explicit sexual fantasies.

  • language false3

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking and some drinking; no consequences.