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The Bounty Hunter Review

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0.5

Dave White Profile

Like being in jail. Read full review

1.0

Jen Yamato Profile

An aggressively mediocre work of alleged romantic comedy. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 2.0
    22

    out of 100

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

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    That's what The Bounty Hunter has rustled up -- along with a listless rom-com, a feeble thriller and a supporting cast of clueless characters.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Why, oh, why, was this movie necessary?

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    We have to take the sexual tension on faith, as with everything in this formulaic glob of a script.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The mishmash ends up as a thoroughly unfunny adult cartoon.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    In The Bounty Hunter, the couple that foils a bunch of tiresome grade-C thriller goons together stays together. Whether or not that's a recipe for love, it's certainly not a formula for romantic-comedy magic.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Stereotypes and minor violence arrest this dull romcom.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this uninspired romantic comedy with an action twist is a little more violent than most films of this genre. It has gunfights and knee-whackings, but no outright gore. There's a fair amount of swearing, including "ass" and "s--t," and an improbable reunion between a career woman and the ex-husband who can't seem to stop making fun of her, which sends some mixed messages about love and relationships. A scene set in a strip club includes some barely clad women (thongs, bras/pasties); there are plenty of references to sex as well.

  • Families can talk about why Nicole and Milo's marriage failed in the first place, and how believable their reunion is. Can two people who really hurt each other reconcile this easily, even in a romcom? What brings them back together?
  • What kinds of stereotypes does this movie portray? Do the men and women in the movie seem like real people, or caricatures?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Aniston's character is supposedly independent and successful, and yet she's still painted as someone who's fragile and incomplete unless she's with a guy. And not just any guy, but one who -- what else? -- needs redeeming. Buried amid the rubble of unfunny jokes is an interesting, but hardly surprising message about how relationships crumble because of two people's shortcomings, not usually one.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Milo and Nicole are supposed rough-and-tumble characters, and certainly nice enough, but he's a caricature and she's a contradiction. Though meant to portray a smart, sassy reporter, Nicole spends nearly the entire movie in impractical high heels and cleavage-baring tank top.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Loan sharks whack a guy's leg with a golf club. Two men have a fistfight at a parade. A formerly-married couple bicker; she throws things at him, he insults her. Guns are drawn and fired; two characters are injured. A street chase results in an SUV careening off the road and rolling over. A guy is Tasered.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A couple banters flirtatiously. There's talk of "getting laid" and many other references to sex. A seduction attempt includes someone being straddled. Very scantily clad (thongs, bras/pasties) women dance in a strip bar. A man and a woman kiss.

  • language false3

    Language: Pretty pungent, indluding "ass," "hell," "s--t," "pr--k," "Goddamn," and "dick."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Some logos for champagne (Moet); newspapers (Daily News); fast-food restaurants (Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins) and hotels (Trump Taj Mahal and Borgata).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Stolen cocaine figures into the story, though nobody is shown using it. A main character is briefly seen drunk.

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