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Takers Review

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1.5

Dave White Profile

It'll take two hours and never give it back. Read full review

2.0

Jen Yamato Profile

The Italian Heat Job for Dummies Read full review

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

  • 3.0
    45

    out of 100

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

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Adam Markovitz

    At least they do look sharp in those suits.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The dialogue is clichéd and laughable. It's a film far more concerned with style - architectural, vehicular and wardrobe-related - than substance.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Noisy, unsubtle, but it gets the job done.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Stephen Farber

    The stunt work is amazing, and the pace is breathless enough to keep one watching right up to the somewhat ambiguous conclusion.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The style feels a little like that of the recently departed TV show "24," albeit without Kiefer Sutherland, the split screens, and the ticking clock.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Heist movie lacks logic but has violence to spare.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that violence permeates this action-oriented heist movie, which co-stars headline-grabbing musician Chris Brown. Many characters die without consequence, and violence seems to be a way out -- or an ending -- for most of the characters. Language is strong, with many uses of "s--t," "goddamn," and "bitch." Many characters smoke cigars or drink champagne or fine scotch as status symbols, and a supporting character has a drug problem (though viewers never see her take drugs). In one scene, one of the robbers wades naked into a pool where two pretty girls are waiting for him, but nothing sensitive is shown. Don't look for positive messages or role models here; ultimately, this is a movie about a bunch of criminals doing what they do best.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Was it exciting or gruesome? How did you feel about how many of the characters met their ends?
  • What are the consequences of the violence in this movie? Do they seem realistic?
  • Are the main characters sympathetic? Should they be? Does the movie glamorize the life of the bank robber?
  • One of the cops takes a bribe. Does this make him a bad guy? As bad as the bank robbers?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The five robbers often demonstrate good teamwork, but it's always in the name of crime. Characters can't trust one another in this movie, and several are hiding something. Violence is committed without consequences, and more often than not, violence is seen as a way out.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The most "admirable" characters here are all thieves and robbers. They're the ones who exhibit the best teamwork and problem-solving skills, although always to bad ends. As for the other characters, there's a crooked cop and a cop obsessed to the point of neglecting his family and his health.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: The movie is filled with over-the-top action and fighting sequences. Characters single-handedly take on many opponents, and there are acrobatic chase scenes throughout the city. Guns are drawn, and shots are fired, sometimes resulting in dead bodies. There are few consequences to these actions, other than "an eye for an eye." Several explosions.

  • sex false3

    Sex: After a successful heist, a character celebrates by wading naked into a pool where two pretty girls are waiting for him (no sensitive body parts are shown). A man proposes to his girlfriend, and they kiss passionately. Some sexual banter.

  • language false3

    Language: Very frequent use of "s--t," plus "goddamn," "bitch," "ass," "damn," "hell," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: A McDonald's billboard is seen in passing.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A supporting character has a drug problem and is in rehab; she checks out early and falls off the wagon. She's never seen doing drugs, but another character refers to her as a "crackhead." She also smokes cigarettes. Other characters smoke cigars, as well as sample champagne and fine scotch (though no one gets drunk; these things are mainly used as status symbols).

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