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XXX: State of the Union Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 2.0
    37

    out of 100

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

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    At least this movie seems more aware of its trashiness than "National Treasure" was. It's therefore freer to have some off-the-cuff fun the way Steven Seagal's more tolerable vehicles once did.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Theater of the absurd, masquerading as an action thriller.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A smooth blend of visual special effects, exceptional stunts, fluid photography, sharp design and a possible best-selling soundtrack.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    This is a B movie rooted in gut-level stirrings of power and retaliation.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Loud, raucous, and predictable action flick.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes intense action sequences, some strong language ("bitch" is a favorite for the men), and sexual innuendo (the women show cleavage repeatedly). The first scene is full of troops in black SWAT-style uniforms shooting automatic weapons and being blown up. Characters drink and smoke (and Darius is fond of French fries). Violence takes the form of explosions (so bodies fly in front of bursting flames), missiles fired, shoot-outs, vehicle chases, and hand-to-hand fighting. Many anonymous bodies fall.

  • Families can talk about the threat against the U.S. government (both scary and familiar in action movies), and the ways characters justify violence (to defend the nation, spread freedom). Families might also discuss Darius' very vocal opposition to racism and his moral decisions, how he chooses a right side (and the right girlfriend) when all choices involve violence. Why does he reject the abstract idea of authority but decide to serve the President? How is his friendship with Gibbons (a father figure) important in these decisions?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Intense action sequences. Explosions, shoot-outs, vehicle chases, and hand-to-hand fighting.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual innuendo.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Men name and dote on their cars.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke.

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