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Transporter 3 Review

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4.5

Dave White Profile

Lots and lots of explosions. Read full review

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

  • 3.0
    51

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

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Easily the worst in a trilogy that has been notable mainly for the presence of its everyman action star, Transporter 3 is a nonsensical, choppily edited bore, with awful dialogue.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Somehow Statham comes out of this improbable thriller with his dignity intact.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A perfectly acceptable brainless action thriller.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    The best sequences involve Frank's inventive ability to stay within 75 feet of his car, but otherwise, it's the charismatic unruffled dexterity in the face of impossible odds that rivets.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The villainous Polluter-in-Chief is eloquently played by Robert Knepper, familiarly loathsome as T-Bag on Fox's "Prison Break." And when Knepper and Statham get together, there's a fine showdown of grimaces.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Smash-up action sequel is a little rough for young teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like its predecessors, the third movie in the Transporter franchise features extensive, visceral martial-arts action (not to mention constant violation of any conception of safe driving). There are shootings, explosions, mutilations, and more. Also expect a good bit of strong language (including "f--k") and some kissing and partial nudity (buttocks). The female lead takes Ecstasy mixed with vodka at one point, and other characters smoke and drink. While the film nominally has a pro-environmental regulation message, it's paper-thin wrapping around a slick, glossy package of violence and velocity.

  • Families can talk about Frank's moral code of professionalism and honor ... while conducting illegal activity. How does his precision represent a relative decency, compared to the other characters/groups in the movie? Do you think the filmmakers are trying to convey any real messages, or is the point of the movie just to entertain with over-the-top action? Parentsof kids learning to drive might also point out the stunts are not to beimitated.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The plot revolves around a toxic-waste disposal scheme that sees a high government official's daughter kidnapped to coerce her father into clearing multiple shipments of illegal waste for docking and, presumably, dumping. Nominally, the movie's message is meant to be pro-environmental regulation. Extensive violation of the rules of the road. Public urination.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Extreme and near-constant violence. Extensive martial-arts violence, with metal pipes, knives, articles of clothing, fire extinguishers, and more used as weapons. Shootings, many lethal, are often solely to make a point. Two supporting characters are shown murdered and mutilated by toxic waste. Characters are fitted with explosive bracelets that will detonate if they move too far from their vehicle. Deaths by explosion. Extensive vehicular action, including chases and crashes.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A woman in peril notes in broken English that "I want to feel sex one more time before I die." When the object of her affections demurs, she asks if he is "the gay." Kissing. Nude male and female buttocks. Implied lovemaking. A character is coerced into a "strip-tease." Some discussion of a character's taste for "the rough stuff" in lovemaking.

  • language false3

    Language: Some harsh language, including "s--t," "ass," "gay," "f--k," and "hell."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Some brands mentioned and shown on screen -- particularly Audi automobiles.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink wine, champagne, beer, and hard liquor. A character takes what's implied to be Ecstasy (MDMA) during a life-threatening set of circumstances, chasing the pills with vodka. Some cigarette smoking, plus discussion of Dean Martin's signature look of "holding a drink and a cigarette."

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