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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

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

  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Sluggish and preposterous, full of violence and cliches.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Reeves is a stiff dancer and he delivers his lines in a full leather jacket monotone.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Andy Seiler

    It's still the same sick story. Even the small touches seem stale.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The actors cannot be faulted. They bring more to the story than it really deserves.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Tired plot and disastrous casting.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a very violent movie about a serial killer who preys on vulnerable young women. It has some gory deaths and crime scenes. There is some strong language. Campbell abuses pharmaceutical drugs and another is skeptical about his ability to perform under their influence. It has sexual references, including references to adultery, strong language, smoking, and drinking.

  • Families can talk about Griffin's feeling that it is important to be noticed, and his view that he and Campbell need each other.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Plot centers on a serial killer, many deaths.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A few sexual references.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong languag.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking, character takes many prescription drugs