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Minority Report Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 4.0
    80

    out of 100

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

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This film is such a virtuoso high-wire act, daring so much, achieving it with such grace and skill. Minority Report reminds us why we go to the movies in the first place.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It affirms that, even in the 2000s, movies do not have to be brain-dead to be exciting. When the season is over, Minority Report will more than likely stand out as the best picture to grace multiplex screens during the Summer of 2002.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Stripped of all bravado, Cruise delivers a raw and probably detractor-proof performance. Spielberg does what he did right in creating a novel milieu for "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," but this time the writing is fresher and anything but unwieldy.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Though his movie wraps challenging ideas and ingenious visual conceits in a futurist film-noir style, it's pretentious, didactic and intentionally but mercilessly bleak in ways that classic noir never was.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The mechanical beauty and android possibilities of the future excite the filmmaker, and that's where Minority Report becomes an alluring postcard from the edge. But it's an edge over which Spielberg never seems to want to step.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Violent sci-fi detective movie isn't for the faint of heart.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie has some graphic violence, including sci-fi shooting, fistfights, brutal and graphic murders, and suicides. Anderton abuses illegal drugs. Viewers see a flashback of his son's abduction. The movie also has some gross and grisly visuals, particularly when Anderton has his eyes replaced as a way of avoiding the retinal scans that the police use to track everyone's whereabouts.

  • Families can talk about private vs. public good. Is it worth violating the rights of some innocent people in order to prevent violent attacks? How would Anderton answer that question at the beginning of the movie, and how would he answer it at the end? What about the rights of the precogs? Is it fair to ask them to give up any kind of normal life if it will prevent people from being killed? Families can also discuss Anderton's inability to come to terms with the loss of his son. How do people go on after devastating losses? Also, what do you think daily life will be like half a century from now.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: These future police use technology to arrest people for crimes before they even commit them. When one of them needs to go rogue, he resorts to some questionable methods to stay free and undetected. Some strong female characters.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Intense peril and violence, including murder and suicide, and a grisly operation.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Mild sexual references -- couples kissing and preparing for sex, fantasy vision of ideal woman, other suggestions of sex.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language, including one use of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "ass," "hell," etc.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Character abuses drugs; reference to addicts. Some smoking (fairly background).

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