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Jumper Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

… would have been a perfect piece of junk … Read full review

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

  • 2.0
    35

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    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
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  • 0

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Jumper, based on the novel by Steven Gould, re-defines -- downward -- the notion of dreadful. It does so by dispensing with everything a movie needs for a shot at being merely awful. Dramatic development? None. Entertaining dialogue? Ditto. Internal logic? Puhleez. Intriguing characters? No characters, thus no intrigue. Interesting performances? Essentially none, though with an asterisk.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Liman, for all his craft, doesn't have enough FUN with the premise.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It doesn't help that the performances are bland (particularly those of Christensen and Bilson) and that what comes out of their mouths is uninspired. Short on imagination and anchored by a wan hero, Jumper is a flight of fancy that never fully takes off.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Jumper proves disappointingly inert. All the state-of-the-art visual effects in the world can't compensate for spotty plotting and bland characters that prevent an intriguing premise from going the distance.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Liman applies the same frenetic approach to action scenes that made "The Bourne Identity" such an engaging and exciting affair.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Action-heavy sci-fi tale has uninspiring hero.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi action adventure with Star Wars' Hayden Christensen features lots of violence that appears to have little effect on victims. The teleportation process causes abrupt ruptures in space and time and sometimes rams jumpers into walls or the ground. Fights show bodies slamming, falling, and crashing through walls, as well as gunfire and electric zapping. There are also explosions, a car chase, and a combat zone in the background. One scene suggests that sex has taken place (a woman's naked back is visible in bed); another shows a couple taking off their shirts (her bra stays on) and kissing. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "hell."

  • Families can talk about whether this movie can be considered a "superhero" story. What makes a character a superhero? What do most movies about superheroes have in common? Does this film follow that trend? Do you think of it more as an action movie or a sci-fi movie? Why?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Hero with "jumper" superpowers uses them to steal money from banks (leaving IOUs), as well as travel the globe. Villains are determined to kill all jumpers. Girl needs saving.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Lots of cartoonish violence that leaves characters with bloody lips or bedraggled hairstyles. The jumpers' teleporting typically involves whooshing wind, slamming into floors, and sometimes thunder and dark clouds. Fights feature slamming bodies against and through walls, punching, leaping, and falling. Some shooting and exploding (in one instance a building is ripped apart). An early scene shows a boy nearly drowning (spooky underwater shots) and then, at home, fearing his angry father. Electric voltage is used against jumpers, leaving them looking stressed and pained. Jumper-car chase shows car slamming into then driving through traffic. A jump into a war zone shows soldiers shooting, fires, and explosions.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Post-sex shot shows a woman in bed, her bottom covered but her back naked. A couple kisses passionately and pulls off their tops (her bra remains on), as they fall from bed to floor laughing.

  • language false0

    Language: Language includes "s--t" (one with "bull") and "f--k" (infrequent), several uses of "hell," and one character repeatedly says "holy crap."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Bedroom posters feature Metallica, Mark Twain, Kurt Cobain. Sony electronics, mention of Oprah.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Several scenes set in bars, with background drinking (beer and liquor). David drinks beers in a bar; his father drinks beers repeatedly.

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