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Dave White Profile

Mind control. The good kind. Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

Fun, again and again. Read full review

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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The movie boils down to one character, acting under enormous pressures of space and time, racing to solve a mystery. In this case, that may be good enough.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A high-octane mind game best enjoyed by following a key character's advice: "The Source Code is a gift. Don't squander it by thinking."

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Among all the chess-piece players on the board, the star is the only one who really builds a solid emotional foundation for his character.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Taut thriller delivers explosive images, sci-fi twists.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mind-bending sci-fi thriller deals with some pretty heavy stuff -- including death, mourning, and terrorism -- amid the big special effects and go-for-broke action. The main character (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) experiences the explosion of a passenger train over and over as he attempts to find out who's behind the bombing. In addition to the peril and fiery blow-up scenes, there's some swearing (including "s--t" and one "f--k") and scenes that show grave injuries.

  • Families can talk about the film's violence. Do the explosions and peril featured in this movie have as much impact on you as other kinds of violence?
  • Which of the movie's characters do you consider to be role models? How do they change/what do they learn over the course of the story?
  • How does the film address the ideas of death and what we leave behind? What would you want your legacy to be?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: There's an emphasis on kindness in the movie, as well as on the idea that life should be lived rather than observed.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Colter is an admirable guy -- committed, brave, and intent on doing what's right, no matter what the stakes. Goodwin also ultimately takes a stance that values the dignity of human life.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Lots of fiery explosions as the train blows up over and over, plus brawls and gunfights. Also, the gory sight of a soldier post-injury.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some innuendo; a sweet kiss.

  • language false3

    Language: Swearing includes one use of "f--k," plus “s--t,” “goddamn,” "d--k," "damn," "hell," and "ass."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: A few labels/brands are seen, including Victorinox and Dunkin’ Donuts.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue