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The Art of War Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 2.0
    30

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Staff [Not Credited]

    Director Christian Duguay's gimmicky "thriller" demonstrates that he has not begun to master the art of suspense.

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The dialogue is chintzy and rhythmless.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune John Petrakis

    Too-loud, poorly directed and seriously overedited.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Espionage kill-fest isn't for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this adult espionage kill-fest isn't recommended for young teens, even those used to graphic violence. Parents should know there is near constant fatal gun violence, otherwise martial arts fighting, people thrown into glass causing shatters and blood, strangling, car chases, and a truckload of dead Vietnamese refugees. There is also nudity, sex, and strong language.

  • Families can talk about the movie's title, and learn more about the film's references to Sen Tsu's book, The Art of War

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Near constant fatal gun violence, otherwise martial arts fighting, people thrown into glass causing shatters and blood, strangling, car chases, and a truckload of dead Vietnamese refugees. Intense chase scenes involve characters jumping from very high pl

  • sex false5

    Sex: At a party, a young teen girl appears to give a North Korean diplomat oral sex under the table. We see topless women at an underground club. The car Shaw steals has a picture of a naked woman dangling from the mirror. Julia takes her clothes off because she's bugged, but shows little bare skin.

  • language false3

    Language: Infrequent but occasionally extreme expletives.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brief drug reference.

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