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Transporter 2 Review

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

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    The greatest thing about the movie is Statham, a charismatic silent, deadly type who deserves to take the wheel behind a better franchise.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    But certainly this is a movie for fans of Willis-style action with a little James Bond and probable instant obsolescence thrown in.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Stands a triumph of stunts over plot, of style over substance--of the wool we pull over our own eyes. It's brainless, high-speed, popcorn fun.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    In fact the sequel is a better film than the original, as if writer-producer Luc Besson had a clearer idea of what he wanted to do (and didn't want to do).

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Transporter 2 really does deliver the goods.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Violent sequel; older teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film includes incessant violence, at high speeds and in slow motion, both emphasizing the excruciating pain inflicted by professional killers. Characters swear, smoke, drink, and use drugs. Women are portrayed in negative sexual stereotypes. One appears drunk as she tries to seduce the hero and others wear very skimpy clothing (one assassin prefers lingerie for her missions). The film includes lots of explosions, car crashes, and a violent airplane crash into water.

  • Families can talk about the moral code that Frank embodies so resolutely. How does Frank's precision represent a relative decency, compared to both the excessive villains and the crass cops? How does the family -- Jack and his parents -- represent the sort of domestic unit Frank both desires and will never have? How does their initial dysfunction lead to lessons on more attentive fatherhood and less reckless motherhood? Why are women portrayed the way they are? Parents of kids learning to drive might also point out the stunts are not to be imitated...and they also may want to address the correlation the movie makes between cars and men's worth.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Very bad villains (they want to destroy populations with an airborne virus), and much violence to achieve their ends.Women are sexually objectified.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Lots of bone-breaking martial arts action, explosions, car crashes, a plane crash.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A brief attempted seduction, a girl assassin in lacy underwear.

  • language false3

    Language: Brief cursing and slang ("sucks").

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Prominent car brands (Hummer, Porsche, Ferrari).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, smoking, drug use.