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Dave White Profile

Dakota Fanning sees the future. You're not in it. Read full review

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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

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

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Despite its high-profile cast and a sizable marketing push from distributor Summit Entertainment, audiences won't require any paranormal powers of their own to realize they've seen this one before.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Director Paul McGuigan ("Lucky Number Slevin") has never been keen on plot logic, and that might be fine here if he offered anything other than Peter Sova's lush images of Hong Kong.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A supernatural action thriller, is jangly, jarring and violent. But more disconcerting is watching the sweet-faced Dakota Fanning swear, get drunk and pack heat -- in both fists, no less.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A weightless, style-driven thriller set in a photogenically chaotic Hong Kong.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The strength of Push is its relentlessness. The movie doesn't pause for anything and, when it provides exposition, it does so without bringing the action to a grinding halt.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Sci-fi thriller has more style than story; some iffy stuff.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi thriller about a group of psychic "supeheroes" stars Dakota Fanning and features lots of special-effects violence. Guns and other weapons are used, people are attacked with blasts of telekinetic force, bloody wounds are shown, and overall, the atmosphere is quite grim. Characters also smoke and drink; alcohol helps Fanning's 13-year-old character "focus her visions." Expect some swearing (including "f--k") and implied sex as well.

  • Families can talk about whether teen drinking seems less serious in a sci-fi setting. How does the movie portray Cassie's use of alcohol? Does it seem realistic? What would the consequences be in real life?
  • Families can also discussthe onoing appeal of superhuman fantasies. Why are they so popular? Howdoes this movie compare to ones like Sky High and Spider-Man?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Government agencies are depicted as venal, power-hungry amoral mobs that use people with special talents as tools to get jobs done. Overall, the movie has a grim tone. The movie's heroes come together out of a sense of self-protection and self-assertion. A 13-year-old character is placed in several adult situations of peril, even brandishing a gun at one point.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Extensive sci-fi action and combat, including bolts of telekinetic force, and hypersonic screams of destruction. Also gun violence, fistfights, and martial arts combat. Several people are impaled with lengths of bamboo; others are hurled to their deaths or shot at point-blank range. Paranormal mind-controllers induce suicides through unbreakable psychic suggestion. Extensive surgical/medical imagery.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Kissing; implied sex; some caressing. A scene takes place at a "hostess bar."

  • language false3

    Language: Relatively infrequent swearing includes two non-sexual uses of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "goddammit," "hell," "damn," "crap," and "crappy."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Only a few brands -- Coke, Jack Daniel's -- are shown/mentioned. Due to the Hong Kong setting, many of the corporate logos in the film are unidentifiable or wholly in Chinese.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoke cigars and cigarettes and drink beer, wine, and hard liquor. A 13-year-old with psychic abilities drinks alcohol to "focus her visions" -- which, in the film's science-fiction world, works, but is also played for laughs.