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Silver City Review

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

  • 3.0

    out of 100

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

  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Sayle's portrait is painfully unfunny, and the movie as a whole is a plodding polemic.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Silver City may be the mustiest political-conspiracy tale ever filmed; it's like "Chinatown" rewritten by Ralph Nader.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Though there's nothing wrong with moral outrage, it doesn't always aid the telling of a complex story. More subtlety might have worked better.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    It's a cracking good detective yarn with hints of "Chinatown" and Raymond Chandler, and it's a sharp political lampoon of things we're all reading about on today's front pages.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Drama is too intense for kids and young teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a lot of mature material, including explicit sexual references and situations, very strong language, and violence. Characters are in peril and some are badly injured or killed. Characters drink and smoke cigarettes and marijuana. While some characters exhibit racism, a strength of the movie is the loyal and respectful relationships between people of different races and its own frank portrayal of issues of race and class.

  • Families can talk about how accurately it portrays political issues relating to immigration, development, and the role of lobbyists. They could also talk about the ways that characters try to shape the way that information reaches politicians, the media, and the public.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Characters in peril, dead body, guns, characters killed.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Explicit sexual references and situations.

  • language false5

    Language: Some very strong language including "f--k."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, smoking, drug use.