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Hot Fuzz Review

Movies.com Critics

4.5

Dave White Profile

… never stops being smart and hilarious … Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 5.0
    81

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    All the action is staged with energy, but it gets relentless without anything really funny going on.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Though it's no "Monty Python," Hot Fuzz is a clever, over-the-top marriage of mayhem and merriment.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    In the very funny cop comedy Hot Fuzz, overachieving London police officer Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) commits a very British sin: He's too good.

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  • See all Hot Fuzz reviews at Metacritic.com

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Bad Boys meets Shaun of the Dead.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that what at first seems like a British parody of American cop flicks turns into a much bloodier (and funnier) homage to blow-'em-up blockbusters. The gun play and cartoonishly graphic violence rivals that of any Michael Bay or Jerry Bruckheimer production, but at least the bulk of the gore is confined to the last third of the film. Like Shaun of the Dead, which was made by the same director and stars, this movie is full of colorful foul language, but it doesn't have the raunchy nastiness of similar movies. Expect cinema-savvy teens to want to check it out.

  • Families can talk about how this film parodies Hollywood blockbuster action flicks. What are some good and bad examples of that genre? What specific elements of those movies is this film making fun of? Does it succeed? Why? Is the violence appropriate to the story, or does it go too far? Is all of the gun violence upsetting? Families can also discuss how media helps people find common ground. Kids: Do you and your friends bond over movies the way Nick and Danny do?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Crime-fighting best friends/police partners stick together to fight a secret cabal of evildoers.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Explicitly violent for an action-comedy, with blood-splattering scenes of impalement and decapitation, as well as explosions, dead bodies, and gun violence.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Innuendo about two characters having an affair; later, a scene confirms it (they kiss and are obviously about to make love).

  • language false5

    Language: Sometimes said so quickly that it's easy to miss, but there's a ton: "motherf---r," "f--k," "c--t," "s--t," "dick," "ass," "a--hole," "bastard," etc.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Lots of other movies are referenced: Bad Boys II, Point Break, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, and the like.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Many scenes take place at the local pub, where various townsfolk (including underage boys) drink -- mostly beer, although some hard liquor as well.

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