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Predators Review

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4.0

Dave White Profile

Adrien vs. Predator Read full review

4.0

Jen Yamato Profile

A spine-ripping good time. Read full review

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

  • 3.0
    51

    out of 100

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

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    As a fan of Schwarzenegger's macho, heart-of-darkness original, it gives me no pleasure to say that Predators is an uninspired mess of mediocre action scenes strung together until the final reel.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Very much bearing the creative imprint of Robert Rodriguez, but directed by Nimrod Antal, the new edition, in its best moments, is an unabashed B-movie that plays like a jacked-up "Twilight Zone" with award-winning actors delivering the pulp-infused dialogue.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Alice Braga plays an Army sniper uniquely familiar with jungle fighting. She is the only one of the crew who does any soul-searching to figure out why this particular group was chosen as prey.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Alien-fighting sequel is heavy on sci-fi violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like its predecessors (including 1987's Predator with Arnold Schwarzenegger), Predators is a very violent sci-fi action movie. The alien creatures are deadly hunters, and the human fighters who are forced to deal with them are killers and mercenaries in their own right. Expect lots of fantasy violence, including guns, knives, fighting, blood, and gore. Humans and aliens are shot and killed, and there are scary moments when unseen things leap out from the shadows. There's lots of strong language, including "f--k" and "s--t," and in one scene, a character briefly speaks of "doing cocaine" and "raping some bitches" when he gets home.

  • Families can talk about the film's violence. What impact does it have? Is it thrilling and exciting, or disturbing? Why?
  • Was the movie scary? Why or why not?
  • How does this movie compare to others in the Predator franchise? What does it have in common with them? What sets it apart?
  • What's the difference between being "alive" and being "human"?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Ultimately, the movie's story brings together the worst of humanity and puts them in a violent hunting situation. Even though it also addresses the question of what it means to be "alive" versus what it means to be "human," even that issue is muddled -- It's possible for the characters to stay alive by doing terrible things, so where do you draw the line? That said, some of the characters do learn to survive by relying on one another, working together, and empathizing with one another.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: None of the characters here are clear-cut positive role models -- they're painted as the worst of humanity. But Isabelle does help bring the stranded humans together, bridging relationships between the other characters. She also shows more empathy than her colleagues, but doesn't let it become a weakness; she's as tough as any of them.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Basically one long battle, the movie is heavy on fantasy violence, with lots of guns and ammo, ranging from pistols to huge, rapid-fire automatic weapons. Some characters also carry and use knives. Characters are shot, with spattering blood. The predators are beheaded, with lots of (green) blood and gore. Alien "dogs" are shot and killed. Scary moments include things jumping out from the shadows. One male character talks about raping women.

  • sex false1

    Sex: A little bit of flirting between two characters. Another character makes a comment about a woman's anatomy ("your ass is awesome").

  • language false5

    Language: "F--k" is used around three dozen times, in several permutations. "S--t" is used less often but also several times. Other words include "God" (as an exclamation), "ass," "t-ts," "damn," "hell," "goddamn," and "bitch."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: No onscreen drugs, but one character talks about how he wants to "do so much cocaine" when he gets home.

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