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Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever Review

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

  • 1.0

    out of 100

    Overwhelming dislike
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    This is a movie in which you rarely know where you are or who's doing what to the next person.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Offers the most onscreen explosions in recent memory. It's almost pornography for arsonists.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Bruce Fretts

    Kaos was apparently aiming for a coolly stylized, straight-faced take on ''Spy vs. Spy.'' As Maxwell Smart used to say, ''Missed it by that much.''

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    This grim, joyless motion picture is anything but fun. It’s a chore to sit through, with all the blazing, noisy pyrotechnics proving unable to lighten the mood.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids 17 and under

This explosion movie is a complete bomb.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has constant graphic violence and brief strong language. The only real strength of the movie is its portrayal of minorities and women as strong, smart, brave, loyal, and honest.

  • Families can talk about whether a movie is good just because it has explosions and action scenes. Are some action movies better than this one, and if so, why? Did you connect with either of the main characters, and if not, did you care? Does strong character development draw you more into a story?

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Very intense peril and violence, many deaths.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language, less than most R's.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

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