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The International Review

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4.5

Dave White Profile

Clive Owen breaks the bank. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    52

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    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Motion is in copious supply -- a frenzied shootout at Manhattan's Guggenheim Museum grows interminable -- but the workings of the abstract plot are unfathomable, the characters are unpleasant and a couple of assassinations leave us as cold as the corpses.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Though not as action-packed as some thrillers, The International is noteworthy for its unusually scenic and architecturally dazzling locations.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    There's something almost endearingly out of sync about the sleek but now dated Euro-thriller The International.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Punctuated with bursts of explosive energy, this is a contained, cerebral film.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Gritty '70s-style thriller is cynical, grim, and violent.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this thriller about financial corruption probably won't be on most teens' must-see list. Just as well: Not only is it full of wrenching action sequences and grimly realistic (and shocking) violence, but it also has a deeply cynical, hard-to-stomach attitude about the possibilities of finding justice in a wicked world and the interplay between high finance and street-level warfare. There's also some drinking and smoking and strong language (including "f--k") -- but virtually no sexual content.

  • Families can talk about whether the violence in this movie seems more realistic than in other thrillers. Why or why not? Do you think watching realistic violence in the media has more impact than sci-fi/fantasy action? Families can also discuss whether situation in the movie seems realistic. Is it upsetting to think of institutions like banks being involved in illegal activities? Is the movie more unsettling given the current state of the economy? Also, is there ever a time when it's appropriate to go outside the law to deal with a crime? What consequences could that have?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The film presents a pretty grim view of the world in its take on corruption and the oppressive nature of modern global capitalism and its excesses in the name of profit. Although the main characters are working for justice, there aren't any particularly strong role models here. One character is a law enforcement agent who's willing to go outside the letter of the law. And there's a moment in which it's clearly implied that a lead character is willing to use torture to break a suspect.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Several scenes of astonishingly grim real-world violence: A poisoned man vomits and falls to the street; the friend who rushes to help him is hit by a car. A political figure is shot; the assassin is then shot by authorities. A character is hit by another car. A tense, bloody shootout in a public place results in grisly, blood-spurting deaths and terrified innocent bystanders. Viewers also see a person fall to their death, stabbings, and point-blank shootings.

  • sex false0

    Sex: A fleeting caress on the cheek between two co-workers hints at sexual tension.

  • language false3

    Language: Strong language includes several variations of "f--k," some use of "s--t," and "for Christ's sake." "Ass" and some variations are also used.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Visible brands include Marlboro cigarettes, the Mercedes logo, the Blackberry logo, and some brands/manufacturers mentioned for plot reasons, like Silkworm missiles and Vulcan guidance systems.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some smoking and drinking by adult characters.

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