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Unstoppable Review

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3.5

Dave White Profile

To do: Watch train try to kill people. Eat popcorn. Read full review

1.0

Jen Yamato Profile

Runs... right off the rails. Read full review

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

  • 4.0
    69

    out of 100

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

  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Who knew that Unstoppable would be sensational? Talk about well-kept- and welcome-surprises. Tony Scott's latest thriller turns out to be pure cinema in the classic sense of the term. It's a motion picture about motion, an action symphony that gives new meaning to the notion of a one-track mind.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    The exchange of substance for speed may not appeal to all, but if you're on board you'll find it hard to disembark.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Scott paces the film like its mechanized star: deliberately and, ultimately, with enough speed to keep its passengers satisfied.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    The best blue collar action movie in who knows how long, this tense, narrowly focused thriller about a runaway freight train has a lean and pure simplicity to it that is satisfying in and of itself.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Runaway train thriller is more suspenseful than violent.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that compared to other Tony Scott/Denzel Washington thrillers (like Man on Fire), Unstoppable is relatively mild on violence. There's definitely lots of suspense -- and plenty of nailbiting scenes -- but there's no blood or weapons violence. A train explosion does kill one conductor, the runaway train nearly collides with a horse, and the main characters get injured and bruised. Language includes "s--t" and "ass," and prominent brands include Hooters and Ford. There's not too much sexual content -- a kiss, a couple of embraces, and a shot of the Hooters waitresses. Washington's wise, brave character is a good example of an older character who still has lots of expertise and experience to contribute; he and Chris Pine's character demonstrate strong teamwork skills.

  • Families can talk about the movie's suspense. Which is scarier -- gory violence or nailbiting suspense? Why? Which has a more lasting impact?
  • One of the movie's themes is ageism. At first, how does Will react to Frank's age and Frank to Will's newbie status? How does their relationship change by the end?
  • How does this movie compare to other "train movies"? What's so compelling about a runaway train?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Will and Frank's efforts demonstrate teamwork and collaboration -- they must trust each other, even though at first they aren't very friendly. The movie also makes it clear that just because workers get old, that doesn't mean they're obsolete. Viewers will also see that what's best for the common good can be at odds with what's best for a particular company's business interests -- and the movie makes it clear that the right thing to do isn't always the easiest or most profitable.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Frank is smart, experienced, and confident in his skills. Connie, who seems to be the sole woman at a train yard full of men, is effective in her leadership position. Will puts the needs of his hometown above his own fear. Will and Frank learn to trust each other and work well together.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A character dies in a train explosion, and throughout the film there's a pervasive dread that a group of kids on a field trip -- or the protagonists, or even an entire town -- will get killed/destroyed because of the runaway train. There are several stressful, intense scenes.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Frank's daughters, who work at Hooters, are shown sporting very short shorts and tank tops. Connie gives Frank a congratulatory kiss. Will and his wife kiss and embrace.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes words like "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "a--hole," "p---y," "hell," "damn," "oh my God," "goddamn," and one use of "f--k," plus insults like "idiot," "stupid," and the like.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Prominent appearances by Ford trucks. Supporting characters work at Hooters.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A character is shown smoking cigarettes; waitresses serve drinks, but no one really really drinks in the movie.

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