Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)



Critic Consensus: Dumb and by-the-numbers, but serviceable.

Movie Info

A thief and a lawman join forces to hunt down a common enemy in this action thriller. Tony Fait (DMX) is a master thief who, along with his crew (Gabrielle Union, Anthony Anderson, and Drag-On), pulls off a major score when they steal a cache of highly valuable black diamonds. However, the hard-as-nails Tony has a soft spot for his young daughter Vanessa (Paige Hurd), and Ling (Mark Dacascos), a former detective turned ruthless criminal, kidnaps Vanessa, demanding a ransom from Tony for her … More

Rating: R (violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Joseph O'Brien, Channing Gibson, Reggie Rock Bythewood, John O'Brien
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 12, 2003
Box Office: $34.5M
Warner Bros. - Official Site


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as Tony Fait

as Archie

as Miles

as Christophe

as Vanessa

as Chamber

as Douglas

as Laser Tech

as Vanessa's Nanny

as Bald Enforcer

as Ling's Hitman

as Ling's Hitman

as Prison Guard Vogel

as Willy Chickens

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as 911 Operator

as Subway Driver

as Vanessa's Nanny

as Archie's Worker

as Chamber's Club Doorm...

as Odion's Bodyguard

as Fight Club Doorman

as Fight Announcer

as Fight Club Bookie

as Referee

as Fighter No. 8

as Ultimate Fighter

as Ultimate Fighter

as Ultimate Fighter

as Fight Club Fan

as Police Officer

as Odion's Bodyguard

as Cop In Vault

as Swat Cop

as Police Officer

as Swat Cop

as Swat Cop

as Paramedic

as Motorcycle Rider

as Visiting Expert

as African Buyer

as Egyptian Buyer

as French Buyer

as Pinky Ring Man

as Pakistani Buyer

as Russian Buyer

as Archie's Worker

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as Swat Cop

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Critic Reviews for Cradle 2 the Grave

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (31)

[DMX] acts like he raps -- in fits and starts, with heaps of ruff growling. Li barely has enough lines to qualify for a SAG card.

Full Review… | March 4, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

This is just a horrible film, waste of time. Please, please avoid it.

Full Review… | March 4, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

While it aspires to be cinematic junk food, the picture is relentlessly moronic, eschewing B-movie thrills to wallow in Z-movie production achievements.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

A mess. Don't try to make it make sense.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

When the film features a steel cage brawl between Li and a gaggle of Ultimate Fighting Champions, an ATV chase with DMX, and a kick-ass girlfight between Kelly Hu and Gabrielle Union, enduring the dreck is a relatively small price to pay.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010

Absurdity is one of Cradle 2 the Grave's two fatal flaws. The other is predictability.

Full Review… | January 6, 2004
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Audience Reviews for Cradle 2 the Grave

Even when I first saw this, I felt it kind of hard to buy that a common thief and an Asian law enforcment officer would team up to fight a common enem, but there you go. I guess they felt they needed to give this some kind of plot, no matter how loose or ridiculous to hang a bunch of over the top action scenes and violence on. They could have come up with something far better than this though, that's for sure.

This film isn't really boring, but there's nothing really exciting going on, either. The acting is hammy, and as bad as the writing and directing. I guess some of the fights are cool, but, like I said, nothing to really get excited about.

This is far from good, but I've seen worse, so I guess that's a bit of praise I can give it. I don't recommend this though. Not at all.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


This movie is like Rush Hour without the comedy. Good action movie. Jet is a cop from Taiwan who has come to the US to retrieve black diamonds that were stolen from Taiwan. DMX is a thief who robs the diamonds from the baddy, who then kidnaps his daughter. Jet and DMX have to work together to get back what they both want.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Saw enough of it to say IT SUCKS

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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