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This Means War (2012)



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

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
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 33

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



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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


Action & Adventure, Romance, Comedy

Timothy Dowling, Simon Kinberg

May 22, 2012


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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.

February 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The director is McG, who allows no motion to pass without a musical energy boost.

February 21, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comment (1)
New Yorker
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"This Means War" is the worst McG film yet. And good Lord, that is saying something.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comments (9)
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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.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (2)
Christian Science Monitor
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Slides by on the strength of Tom Hardy.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comments (4)
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And we have our first lock for the Worst of the Year list.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard | Comments (6)
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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

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

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

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

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

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Star
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.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

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.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source:

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.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source:

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

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

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

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

There are better action comedies out there.

May 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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]

May 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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.

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comments (2)
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.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

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

April 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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

March 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
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.

March 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
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.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
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.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: UTV | Comment (1)

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.
July 7, 2014
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.
May 6, 2013

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.
October 9, 2012
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.
October 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Ivan: See you in the office?
    2. Tuck: No, I'll see you in a few mate.
    3. Ivan: Come here.
    4. Tuck: Come here.
    5. Ivan: I love you.
    6. Tuck: I love you too.
    7. Ivan: Family always and forever.
    8. Tuck: Yeah, sorry.
    9. Ivan: Take care.
    10. Tuck: Take care.
    – Submitted by Malina L (6 months ago)
    1. Lauren: You have the emotional intelligence of a fifteen years old boy!
    – Submitted by Glaiza Rose F (2 years ago)
    1. Tuck: Sometimes, falling is the best part.
    – Submitted by Eiram G (2 years ago)
    1. Lauren: What do you do when you don't know what to do?
    – Submitted by Eiram G (2 years ago)
    1. Trish: 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)
    1. Ivan: You slept with my wife!
    – Submitted by Roger B (2 years ago)
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