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Shooter Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… kind of a revenge fantasy for fans of The Daily Show. Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The result is lots of gunplay and explosions governed by little logic.

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The ultimate crime of this paranoid enemy-of-the-state pulp, directed with more style than brains by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), is how dull it is.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Despite gripping chase sequences and a few awe-inspiring fiery explosions, gaping holes in the convoluted plot make Shooter heavier on style than substance.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    If the movie only lavished as much thought and care on its characters as it does on each intricate set piece, Shooter might have been a classic.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Gory vigilante political thriller for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mature, graphically violent political thriller about vigilante justice includes shots of men being shot in the head, with their brains and blood flying everywhere. One man kills himself, and there are two images of characters being tortured. There are also photos of people buried in a mass grave, and it's implied that the central female character has been tortured and raped. The movie's extensive discussion of political corruption might confuse and/or disturb kids (even teens). Overall, there's no attempt at diplomacy, and violence is shown as the only option.

  • Families can talk about why these sorts of violent movies are appealing. After a movie like this, how do you feel? Do you feel more or less safe in the world? Is the violence necessary to convey the movie's message? Why or why not? Families can also discuss how to react when you're unhappy about how the government is acting. If you believe, as Bob does, that the government is corrupt, how do you deal with that? What are the options? What do you think of Bob's choice?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Bob steals, lies, and kills lots of people. The government is exposed as a corrupt sham that kills people and leaves Americans to die.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Extensive and graphic violence, including dozens of men shot in the head, with brains and blood flying included. Bob stabs several men, plants pipe bombs, and ignites napalm on attackers. Several explosions kill people. A man kills himself. The FBI torture another man and rig it so that it seems he's going to kill himself. It's implied that Sarah has been tortured and perhaps raped. Bob gets shot twice, falls through glass twice, and nearly dies when he drives his car into a river. Sarah must perform surgery on Bob. Images of dead and decaying bodies in a mass grave.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Bob and Sarah nearly kiss, and it's clear there's an attraction between them, but nothing happens. Sarah is shown in several scenes wearing only jeans and a bra.

  • language false3

    Language: Some cursing, including "s--t," "goddamn," "hell," "asshole," and "f--k."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: A few brands are briefly shown, including Dinty Moore and Dell computers.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Bob drinks a beer and gives some to his dog. Later, he inhales nitrous to knock himself out during surgery. Johnson smokes a cigar. Meachum drinks liquor.