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Honey Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 2.0
    37

    out of 100

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

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Hip-hoppish Honey is in the harmlessly junky "let's put on a show" tradition of "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo," minus electricity but with a budget for supporting-cast navel rings that 1984's break-dance sequel certainly didn't have.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Despite some sizzle with love interest Mekhi Phifer, the alluring Alba ends up a desexualized mouthpiece.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Has the shelf life of a dented milk carton. Pop-culture movies in general age rapidly due to ever-changing slang and fashions.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    A decidedly upbeat number, centered on a good-hearted character.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Honey doesn't have a shred of originality (except for the high-energy choreography), but there's something fundamentally reassuring about a movie that respects ancient formulas; it's like a landmark preservation program.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Honey is just dumb, but teens love it.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie sends mixed messages -- the language is strong for young teens including references to "hooker heels" and a Monica Lewinsky joke. There are some tense confrontations and threatened violence. Role models are confusing. Characters drink and sell drugs but in spite of the "hot" dancing, a strength of the movie is its portrayal of sexual values. Honey is very clear with her boss about boundaries and her romance with a local barber is sweet and understated.

  • Families can talk about how Honey decided what was important to her and about the answer to the question, "How come you turned out so well?" They might also want to talk about what people a few years from now will think about the styles of dance and slang in this movie.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Some threatened violence. Tense moments, character arrested.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references, including sexual harassment.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language for a PG-13 -- ass, bitch, "s--t."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and sell drugs.

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