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The A-Team Review

Movies.com Critics

3.0

Dave White Profile

The B-minus Team. Read full review

2.0

Jen Yamato Profile

Pity the intelligent moviegoer. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    47

    out of 100

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

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The film seems nearly writer-free. Absolutely no time gets wasted on story, character development or logic.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    There's nothing exciting about this awful, over-the-top reboot.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    If you're looking for logic or finesse, The A-Team can be numbing. If you're looking for good cheer, hold out for egg nog at Christmas. But if you're a fan of causeless effects, consequence-free causes and digital Dada, let the silly times roll.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The whole movie is a diversionary activity. It's trash so compacted it glows.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Big explosions, big fun in big-screen adaptation.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The A-Team is a tribute to the classic '80s television series and as such includes a lot of amped up gun violence, chase scenes, and explosions. The language is typical of a PG-13 action flick, with "s--t" being the most common word; there are a couple of "mother... f--kers" that are interrupted by explosions. "Face," the character played by a muscle-bound Bradley Cooper, is a ladies man whose exploits are mentioned, plus he's seen engaging in two passionate kisses. Hannibal smokes his signature cigars, and the team enjoys an occasional drink.

  • Families can talk about the theme of necessary violence. How is violence discussed in the movie? Do any of the characters seem affected by the body count they are responsible for? Why does B.A. change in prison, and what makes him shift his beliefs again after he's out? What would the repurcussions of that much violence and mayhem be in real life?
  • Many movies are remakes of older movies or TV shows. Is it lazy of Hollywood to produce so many remakes? Why do you think they do it? What are thebest TV shows-turned movies? What are the worst?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Although there are positive themes about loyalty to one's military and country, the A-Team is ultimately betrayed by both. They become "soldiers of fortune" working outside the law, but on the other hand, they try to do "good" and clear their names. Violence is shown as necessary.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Hannibal is a brave and loyal commanding officer, and the team is allincredibly courageous if impetuous. Most of the other characters are devious, double-crossing, unethical rogues who thinknothing of murdering anyone who gets in their way.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Many, many explosions, shoot-outs, fake deaths, risky escapes, and chase scenes. There's definitely a body count, mostly by fire, explosions, or gunshots though no gore and most death happens offscreen.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Face (Bradley Cooper) is the stud of the A-Team and is shown several times with his shirt off. The movie starts with Face being punished for having an affair with a powerful man's wife. Some cleavage. Two passionate kisses, plus some sexual tension.

  • language false3

    Language: The most common offender is "s--t," with "bitch," "ass," "damn," and milder words ("hell") also thrown into the mix. "Alpha Mike Foxtrot" is said a few times, which stands for "Adios Mother F---er," which is also heard, though an explosion or some other loud noise covers up the last part of the word each time it's said. Also a few uses of "God" as exclamations.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Brands featured include GMC, Mercedes Benz, Budweiser, and Apple.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A few of the A-Team members are shown with a drink in hand, and Hannibal smokes cigars throughout.

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