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Out of Sight Review

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  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
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  • 75

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    USA Today Andy Seiler

    The low-key approach probably gets closer to the soul of Leonard, but it lacks zip. As a result, Out of Sight sometimes runs out of gas.

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  • 83

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Lopez, for all her Latina-siren voluptuousness, has always projected a contained coolness, and this is the first movie in which it fully works for her.

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  • 88

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Everything in Out of Sight is smart -- the dialogue, the characters, and the storyline.

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  • 88

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The first film to build on the enormously influential "Pulp Fiction" instead of simply mimicking it. It has the games with time, the low-life dialogue, the absurd violent situations, but it also has its own texture.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    It's a nice mix, an elegantly smoky and dangerous cocktail -- just like the old noirs, but in a more modern, shinier glass. And since the basic brew is Elmore Leonard's, it tickles as it goes down. [26 June 1998]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Clooney and Lopez sizzle in gun-happy heist flick.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film adaptation of an Elmore Leonard book is racy and full of violence. Almost every character in the film pulls a gun or is shot at least once in the film. People steal cars, shoot people, do drugs, and even undermine criminal investigations. Add to that some really salty language and some sultry stripping (down to underwear) by Clooney and Lopez, and you have a fairly adult feature.

  • Families can talk about why films like this are such fun. Does the violence make it fun, or are there other parts that are appealing? If they took the violence out, would the film still work? What about the role of music and editing in this film -- how do you think this manipulates the tone? How does this movie compare to the Ocean's 11 series by the same director? Why is this movie better for older viewers than the Ocean's movies?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Karen dates a married man. Jack and all his friends are criminals; they steal, assault, and kill people. Karen assists Jack in escaping from prison.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Considerable violence and gunplay. At the end of the film, nearly all the characters die, either because someone else shoots them or because they shoot themselves. There's some blood and a dead man is seen bleeding from the head. Kenneth threatens to rape Karen and later attempts to rape another woman. Maurice stabs a man to death in prison. Karen hits Kenneth in the head and the stomach with a baton. Karen gets a bruise on her head from a car crash. Maurice punches Jack.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Karen fantasizes about making out with Jack in a bath tub. There's talk about making love. Jack and Karen strip off their clothes down to their underwear, but you don't see anything else, and it's implied that they had sex. Karen wears only a robe and the two are seen in bed together.

  • language false5

    Language: Lots of swearing, including "f--k," "ass," "s--t," "hell," "p--sy," "bitch," the "N" word, "goddamn," "assh--e," and "son of a bitch."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adele smokes, Glenn talks about being high. Karen and Jack share a bourbon.