This Means War (2012)



Critic Consensus: A career lowlight for all three of its likable stars, This Means War is loud, clumsily edited, and neither romantic nor funny.

Movie Info

The world's deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman. Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever - each other. -- (C) Fox

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content including references, some violence and action, and for language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Simon Kinberg, Timothy Dowling
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2012
Box Office: $54.8M
Twentieth Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for This Means War

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (41)

The most dire romantic comedy in years.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

This Means War finds all new ways to insult 50% of the world's population. Women, hey? Who needs 'em? Not men, that's who! Until they do, I guess

Full Review… | September 8, 2013

The film's three charming leads help make this superficial comedy worth seeing.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

The laziest, most cack-handed, most unromantic and most excruciatingly unfunny rom-com I can remember having to sit through.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Daily Star

It's not the most realistic spy film or the most tear-enducing romance; however, This Means War works as a middle-of-the-road guilty pleasure.

Full Review… | September 30, 2012

Being a little absurd is acceptable, but completely throwing reality out the window in a film that tries to ground itself in it is pushing it too much.

Full Review… | September 16, 2012

Audience Reviews for This Means War

Another bland, boring and misfire of a romantic comedy, this film could have been terrific, but it wastes all its potential on such a lacking script that elements that normally would gel together simply don't. Instead, This Mean War is a tedious affair, a film that relies on genre clichés in order to create its plot and jokes. I must admit, I did smile a few times, but I didn't laugh one bit. This film really could have been much better, but as it is, it's a film that misses the mark. Considering that Tom Hardy was in this, I was hoping that he would this dreadful picture, but he didn't. This Means War is void of laughter, and it doesn't reinvent the genre in any way. I didn't this film to be as bad as it is, but sadly it is, and it's a film not worth seeing. I was mildly curious to watch the film because, the premise pretty good, but the execution just doesn't deliver. The film might have looked good on paper, but on celluloid it's a whole different story. This is simply a dull picture, one that doesn't succeed at making you laugh or more importantly, entertain you. This is your typical rom-com, and it's quite predictable and though it uses an interesting idea for a story, the payoff is quite weak, and most all, Hardy's skills as an actor are wasted here. However, at least his filmography is pretty solid, and with this bomb, it doesn't anything do tarnish his incredible work. Same goes for Chris Pine, who was wonderful in Star Trek, Smoking Aces and Bottle Shock. This Means War is a wasted opportunity and it really should have been a good affair, but it relies far too much on genre clichés to create its plot that it's just a flat, boring film that fails to grab your attention.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

This was an enjoyable film, good to see that there are a few big budget Action/Rom-Coms being made that have a great balance of action and humour. Similar to True lies, Knight & Day and Date Night so if you liked any of those you'll enjoy this to.

Dean King

Super Reviewer


Unsurprisingly enough an average, unfunny comedy.
Amoungst the Love triangle, there's a pointless understory, undeveloped characters and not enough action to make this movie any more exciting.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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