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Kiss the Girls Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    46

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Kiss the Girls is a fake psychological thriller that turns into a garishly schlocky and implausible bogeyman hunt.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    Fleder has directed three-quarters of a terrific movie and one-quarter of pure Hollywood baloney. After carefully building up the suspense and tension through Cross and McTiernan's search, spiked with nail-biting encounters on both coasts, Fleder lets it trail off in anti-climax and banal violence.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It features a pair of well-developed characters, the plot contains some clever twists and turns, the dialogue is reasonable, and director Gary Fleder (Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead) keeps the level of tension and intrigue high. Put together, all of that adds up to a worthwhile motion picture.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    David Klass, the screenwriter, gives Freeman and Judd more specific dialogue than is usual in thrillers; they sound as if they might actually be talking with each other and not simply advancing plot points.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

A thrill-less thriller. Too violent for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a serial killer/stalker thriller that is completely inappropriate for young viewers. The predatory villain Casanova stalks and abducts women, and, if they do not obey him, he kills them. There are many scary scenes of the villain chasing his prey or hurting them, and some bloody fights. Although there is little nudity or onscreen sex, there is the constant awareness that the villain's prime motive is sex and that he views women as his sexual property. Profanity is used in context and sparingly, but it is nonetheless strong. The characters drink lightly and there is no illegal drug use, except in the case of the villain using a prescription drug to make his victims easier to handle. Social issues are seldom addressed in a straightforward way, except in the case of an escaped victim who challenges the idea that she should be protected and kept out of a case that involves her. The cast is racially diverse, and women are presented as resourceful and strong people as well as victims.

  • Families can talk about Casanova's distorted view of romance. How does a good relationship work, and can it ever be achieved by forcing one's own ideas on a partner, violently or not? Families could also talk about standard ideas of men and women in the roles of protectors and rescuers. Kate McTiernan, who escapes, feels responsible for the women who did not, and puts herself at risk to help them. Does she have a duty to do this?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The villain abducts women and commits acts of sexual and physical violence upon them.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: There are many scary chase scenes, a few fist-fights, and a knife fight as well as discussions of acts of greater violence

  • sex false5

    Sex: There is very little on-screen graphic sex or nudity, but the villain is portrayed as a sexual predator and there are some frank discussions about violent sex.

  • language false5

    Language: The profanity is used in context, but there is a lot of it.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink lightly. The villain uses a prescription drug to stupefy his victims.

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