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Seeking Justice Review

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

  • 2.0
    38

    out of 100

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

  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Here is a story hammered together from discards at the Lunacy Factory. Attempting to find something to praise, I am reduced to this: Cage's performance is not boring.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Neither the script's conspiracies nor Nicolas Cage's performance is weird enough to trump the film's generic feel.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Ultimately, as things develop, this becomes less about revenge than it does about escaping a set-up. A successful production of this sort needs to constantly elevate the stakes as it builds suspense. Seeking Justice fails and that failure makes it a dubious movie-going choice best suited to the low expectations of a video release.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The movie is never dull, though, and Cage acts every moment as if he means it. As the cult's leader, Guy Pearce, looking deeply creepy with a shaved head, has a cruel playfulness.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Nic Cage thriller is violent, with iffy messages.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Seeking Justice is a "deal with the devil"-type paranoid thriller in which the main character tries to correct his mistake but can't trust anyone -- and resorts to plenty of illegal activities even while trying to make things "right." Violence includes a rape (which is more suggested than shown), as well as guns, fighting, some blood, and death. A teacher punches a large, tough-looking teen student in one scene. There's one quick but strongly suggestive sex scene (no nudity). Language isn't constant but includes several uses of "f--k" and "s--t." Minor characters are shown getting drunk. Except for die-hard Nicolas Cage fans, this movie will only spark a passing interest in most teens.

  • Families can talk about Seeking Justice's violence. What's suggested, and what's actually shown? Which is more shocking? 
  • What does a "Faustian" deal -- a "deal with the devil" -- mean? What were Will's choices? What are the consequences of each choice? What are some other examples of Faustian deals?
  • Simon's organization was seemingly designed to accomplish justice and stop crime when the police failed. Is this right or wrong? What's the difference between justice and law?
  • After the main character tries to set thing right again, he still steals and bribes people. Do the ends ever justify the means?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie looks at a "deal with the devil" -- involving violence and revenge -- that goes awry and the subsequent ethical choices made to set things right again. But while the main character's intentions are at least somewhat admirable, his methods aren't.

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    Role models: The main character makes an ethical choice, but only after he has made a terrible decision involving revenge and murder. He regrets it and finds himself unable to pull off the illegal and immoral acts asked of him in return. But even to set things right, he's forced to steal, bribe people, and perform other sordid acts.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A woman is raped, though the act is suggested more than shown; viewers see her afterward, in the hospital, covered in cuts and bruises. Later, she's kidnapped and held at gunpoint. Minor characters are killed, smashed by cars, and fall from heights. Guns are drawn, and characters are shot. Some blood is shown. Lots of chases, in cars and on foot; also fights and punching -- a teacher punches a large, tough-looking teen.

  • sex false3

    Sex: The main couple has one sex scene in bed, under the covers. No nudity is shown, but there's kissing and thrusting.

  • language false4

    Language: "F--k" is used about half a dozen times, and "s--t" is said a few times as well. Other words include "goddamn," "hell," and "bitch." "Jesus" is also used as an exclamation.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some journalists are shown getting drunk at a colleague's memorial service. The main characters have glasses of wine with dinner (no drunkenness).

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