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This Means War (2012)


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 169
Fresh: 44
Rotten: 125

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

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 33

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


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 88,183


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

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


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Critic Reviews for This Means War

All Critics (169) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (125) | DVD (3)

Yet another case of Hollywood execs trying way too hard to give the audience what they think it wants.

Full Review… | February 29, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

The director is McG, who allows no motion to pass without a musical energy boost.

Full Review… | February 21, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

"This Means War" is the worst McG film yet. And good Lord, that is saying something.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The best you can say about This Means War is that it would make a good date movie for couples in the witness protection program.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Slides by on the strength of Tom Hardy.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
Top Critic

And we have our first lock for the Worst of the Year list.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
Top Critic

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

In a turn of events that utterly defies the terrible trailer that's been making the rounds for the last few months, This Means War actually proves to be an agreeably dim-witted combo of testosterone-fuelled action and an estrogen-friendly love story.

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
We Got This Covered

This Means War remains a vapid, rushed effort that pays little attention to its characters in favour of making sure it hits every comedy and action beat on time with a reliable but ultimately tuneless drum.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012

An unusually focused depiction of male courtship issues, albeit in a surface-y, mainstream sort of fashion.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

Love is a battlefield in This Means War, and the three likable leads are the casualties.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

There are better action comedies out there.

Full Review… | May 29, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Their spy-prying...and displays of lunkheaded brawn...aren't endearing; they're horrifying, in ways there's no coming back from. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | May 25, 2012
Groucho Reviews

This insulting, structureless so-called romantic comedy is a wretched embarrassment for all involved, especially Witherspoon, who is required to act like a ninny while other characters remark on how 'really, really beautiful' she is.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

...more like a business plan than a movie, and it's difficult to imagine that any of the professionals who collaborated to produce it would ever want to watch it.

Full Review… | April 29, 2012
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Overall, this is solid date night fare. You would be disappointed that you spent the time or money but you'll never need to see this film again.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
2UE That Movie Show

The fast-paced jokes help overcome the preposterous covert underpinnings.

Full Review… | April 16, 2012
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

It's a brisk sprint over familiar ground with just enough appeal to action addicts and romantic-comedy lovers to amuse fans of both genres.

Full Review… | March 23, 2012
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

... too much action, not enough comedy, and no romance at all ...

Full Review… | March 20, 2012
Sacramento News & Review

Bathed in bright plastic colours, scored to sleazy jazz funk, This Means War comprises endless short scenes that never quite coalesce into a real motion picture.

Full Review… | March 19, 2012
Irish Times

McG's weakness is in developing character and story... and since they make up about 80 percent of the movie, we're left stranded.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
San Francisco Examiner

I have never been in a movie screening that had such a divided reaction as This Means War; on one side film critics moaning and groaning from start to finish, on the other a young audience laughing and cheering through every scene.

Full Review… | March 8, 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.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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 !

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


A fun and cheeky film with some good comedy, but the end is a total sell out. I won't recommend it, purely because the end is so terrible. Neither male characters are desirable by the end which makes me feel this film is pointless.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

This Means War Quotes

See you in the office?
No, I'll see you in a few mate.
Come here.
Come here.
I love you.
I love you too.
Family always and forever.
Yeah, sorry.
Take care.
Take care.
– Submitted by Malina L (7 months ago)
You have the emotional intelligence of a fifteen years old boy!
– Submitted by Glaiza Rose F (2 years ago)
Sometimes, falling is the best part.
– Submitted by Eiram G (2 years ago)
What do you do when you don't know what to do?
– Submitted by Eiram G (2 years ago)
I know he's fat and ridiculous. But his my fat. And my ridiculous. And I like the way that I am with him.
– Submitted by Eiram G (2 years ago)
You slept with my wife!
– Submitted by Roger B (2 years ago)

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