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Hitch Review

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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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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    An unwieldy, excessively talky affair, unintentionally exhibiting all the clunky stops and starts and self-conscious ramblings of a particularly awkward first date.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Will Smith, taking a break from summer sci-fi smashfests, certainly shows a gift for modulation. Far from coasting, he plays a world expert at romance by ratcheting his charm up and down in supple, exacting degrees.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    For much of its length, the premise seems less wilted than you'd guess. This is because, for one thing, Mendes gives as good as she gets.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Immensely likable, and allows Mr. Smith to fulfill his manifest destiny -- as an urbane comedian who is also, shades of Cary Grant, a romantic hero.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

Will Smith charms again; best for teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is some strong language (one f-word), alcohol (including drinking as a response to a bad day), and sexual situations and references. But parents should also know that this movie comes down very strongly on the side of romance. It takes kissing very seriously. A couple who have a one-night stand are very unhappy with the outcome (for different reasons) and there is a character who sexually exploits women whose behavior is portrayed as reprehensible. The focus of this movie is on romance and lasting love. Another strength of the movie is its color-blind casting with diverse characters sharing friendships and romantic relationships.

  • Families can talk about how it can be nerve-wracking to try to make a good impression on the opposite sex, especially someone who seems very desirable. What do you think of Hitch's rules and advice? They could also talk about the idea that you should "begin each day as if it were on purpose." What does it mean to be "all about the short game?"

The good stuff
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    Messages: A strength of the movie is colorblind romantic relationships and friendships.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Comic peril.

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    Sex: Sexual references and situations.

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    Language: Some strong language, one f-word.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking, drinking as a response to stress.