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Jonah Hex Review

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0.5

Dave White Profile

How to kill a comic book. Read full review

1.0

Jen Yamato Profile

The longest 75 minutes you'll spend this summer. Read full review

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

  • 2.0
    33

    out of 100

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

  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The star is done in by the deathless mediocrity of the production, an assemblage of random camera shots, messy editing, redundant scenes, and witless dialogue as haphazardly stitched together as the flesh on Jonah Hex's face.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The opening frame of Jonah Hex should say: "Caution: Made expressly for the male teen demographic. Not suitable for anyone of any age who prefers movies with coherence, an original plot or characters they give a hoot about."

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    It admittedly starts off great guns, but all too quickly it becomes apparent that the big-screen arrival of the supernatural Western DC Comics series Jonah Hex"is firing loud, empty blanks.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Dumb, violent action Western totally misfires.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Jonah Hex -- a disappointing action Western based on a comic book hero created in the early '70s -- is very violent. Hex acts mostly out of revenge (killing many without remorse), and the body count is high, though there's relatively little blood and gore. There are some spooky images connected to the movie's supernatural elements, plus many weapons and scenes of things burning and exploding. The female lead, a prostitute, is seen wearing skimpy lingerie throughout the movie (which may be enough to draw in some fans of actress Megan Fox...), and there's the suggestion of sex. Language is on the light side, and there's not much drinking.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Is this kind of violence necessary to tell the story? How did it make you feel?
  • Is Lilah's character a stereotype? Why or why not? What does it say about her that she can take care of herself?
  • What distinguishes Hex from Turnbull? Both kill people; whyis one a hero and one a villain?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The hero's main motive is revenge. He kills lots of people -- they're implied to be "bad," and he doesn't seem to have any remorse. His one selfless act is to put down his gun to save Lilah's life.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Hex is the "hero" and Turnbull the "villain," but one character calls them both monsters. Acting out of revenge, Hex kills without hesitation. Although Lilah is a tough girl who can handle herself, she's also a stereotypical prostitute character and isn't satisfied until she "gets" her man.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Intense violence on all sides -- characters are shot, stabbed, slapped, chopped, and burned, and the body count may be in the dozens. Jonah Hex shoots all kinds of guns -- including Gatling guns and a special kind of crossbow gun with flaming arrows -- and he kills many people, onscreen and off. The villain obtains an explosive weapon that blows up entire towns, and his henchmen use everything from guns to knives to dynamite. In one scene, Hex watches, helpless, as his wife and son are burned alive. Lilah is slapped around but mostly stands up for herself.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Lilah is clearly a prostitute, and she wears skimpy lingerie throughout the film, but her job and the act of sex are never mentioned out loud. She sees several male clients, who are shown on their way in to see her or after they're done; all are fully dressed. Some innuendo. Lilah is seen in bed with Hex; she's clothed and he's shirtless. She touches his chest, and they kiss.

  • language false2

    Language: The dialogue is often hard to hear over the movie's mayhem, but an exclamation of "Jesus Christ," plus words like "bastard," "hell," and "ass."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Hex is seen drinking in a bar, with no obvious effect. A Native American medicine man blows smoke to heal Hex's gunshot wounds.

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