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Sahara Review

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

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Any movie starring Penelope Cruz or William H. Macy can't be all bad. And Sahara, which stars both Penelope Cruz and William H. Macy, proves the point: It isn't all bad.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The film clocks in at under two hours, but the last 20 minutes feel like 40.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Action films can't be this consistently absurd, can't paint their heroes into such dangerous corners, from which only cocktails of luck and divine intervention can save them, over and over. It's a bad-faith bargain with the audience and bad storytelling.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This insanely busy, exceedingly long, and sometimes endearingly preposterous rendering has simply gotten the directions reversed in its insistence on sticking only to where men-who-make-adventure-flicks have gone before.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I enjoyed this movie on its own dumb level.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

Some exciting action, but overall not satisfying.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has non-stop "action" violence, which means that our intrepid heroes get shot at a lot but never get hit while their own shooting is almost unfailingly on target. Despite the fact that it's based on a book written in the 1990s and includes some positive black characters and a female doctor, the movie has an unpleasantly retro approach to women and minorities, approaching racism in its casual attitude toward killing Africans.

  • Families can talk about groundwater contamination issues, and about the Navy SEALs.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Dated portrayals of women and minorities.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Comic book-style peril and action violence.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Mild language.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking, social drinking.