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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    All three actors give it their all, but Monaghan stands out with a sexy yet oddly down-to-earth variation on the Midwest girl gone wrong, thanks partly to a dark dysfunctional family secret.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Downey and Monaghan are wonderful at playing characters that compensate for the harshness of their past with flippant swaggers.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Amazingly and incessantly funny, a free-form riff on Hollywood shenanigans, the film noir genre and film in general.

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Black's retro-noir reminds us why we love movies: because they can surprise us, even when we're ankle deep in bullet casings, bodies and enough twists to tie us in knots.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The deliriously enjoyable noir comedy-thriller Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang does nothing by halves and everything by doubles.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Choppy L.A. thriller. Absolutely not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie contains explicit violence, nudity, swearing, and drug use. It's not appropriate for kids and teens.

  • Families can talk about remaining true to one's convictions in difficult or out-of-the-ordinary situations. When, if ever, is the use of violence "okay?" Is it ever acceptable to tell lies or steal?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Killing, lying, stealing, etc.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Violent killing; dead bodies; dismemberment.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Nudity, sexual situations. A main character is gay.

  • language false5

    Language: Lots of cussing, including all the big "four-letter words."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, smoking, some drugs.