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XXX (2002)

tomatometer

48

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 178
Fresh: 86 | Rotten: 92

It has an endearing lack of seriousness, and Vin Diesel has more than enough muscle for the starring role, but ultimately, XXX is a missed opportunity to breathe new life into the spy thriller genre.

34

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 23

It has an endearing lack of seriousness, and Vin Diesel has more than enough muscle for the starring role, but ultimately, XXX is a missed opportunity to breathe new life into the spy thriller genre.

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Movie Info

Xander "XXX" Cage is a notorious underground thrill seeker who, until now, has been deemed untouchable by the law. NSA Agent Gibbons forces XXX to cooperate with the government to infiltrate an underground Russian crime ring to avoid going to prison. Betting XXX can succeed where other conventional spies have failed, Gibbons sends XXX to enter this world of crime undetected, using his natural athletic prowess and a whole lot of attitude. Enlisted for a dangerous covert mission, he must combat a

PG-13,

Action & Adventure

Rich Wilkes

Dec 31, 2002

$141.1M

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All Critics (179) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (86) | Rotten (92) | DVD (46)

If Dubya and Dick Cheney had made their very own post-9/11 patriotic propaganda movie for the teens they need as globalisation fodder, then this would be it.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The director piles on one expensive but impersonal action scene after another.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Now I know what XXX stands for:Xtremely Xcruciating Xperience.

August 14, 2002 | Comment (1)
Arizona Republic
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Cohen ... loads the film with pow.

August 14, 2002
Rolling Stone
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[U]nrelentingly stupid.

August 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Move over, James Bond: Vin Diesel's in the house.

August 10, 2002 Full Review Source: CNN.com
CNN.com
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Fun but deeply, ridiculously silly.

August 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Vin Diesel, every teen's fantasy action hero.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Despite the blatant rips, XXX's storyline remains entertaining enough.

September 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

As an action director, Mr. Cohen is competent, but this film -- which is pretty much as non-stop as an action movie can get -- needed a director with a little more finesse.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Okay, that's it. My summer of movies has been completely pissed on.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Not since the days when Joel Silver ruled Hollywood and musclebound subliterates vied for supremacy on the big screen has the industry spawned a phenomenon as garish and confounding as Vin Diesel.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

With all the stimulating action sequences you can ask for, a touch of class and some fine comedic moments, you'll leave the theater wanting more.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

Cohen's brainless bombast proves to be a perfect fit for this shamelessly, deliciously ridiculous reinvention of James Bond-style spy shenanigans.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

XXX seems like a missed opportunity -- not a commercial one, mind you, because the flick will no doubt make a mint -- but as an honest-to-goodness re-evaluation of spy flicks and their relevancy to an ever more youthful audience.

February 1, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

really just boring

January 10, 2004 Full Review Source: sbs.is

XXX is a dream role for an action star, and ... Diesel is the perfect man for the job.

January 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

The filmmakers are so intent on bludgeoning their audience into submission that after 10 minutes you've become numb.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

XXX happily wallows in the fact that it's 100-percent loopy, kinetic and silly.

June 27, 2003 Full Review

The wondrous opening sequence was better than any Bond film, and things were looking up until the characters started talking.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Sporadically entertaining, this is nevertheless seriously hampered by a very choppy screenplay.

March 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Bond-inspired? Certainly. Likely to have decades of life as a classic movie franchise? Let's hope not.

February 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

For an action-packed, brain-dead testosterone fest, I have to admit Rob Cohen's XXX isn't that bad.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

A thrilling ride with plenty of style and lots of unbelievability.

January 8, 2003
Cinema Sight

A PlayStation game come to life, XXX is a movie almost exclusively dependent on the special effects department and the charm of its leading man, Vin Diesel. But it's sound and fury signifying nothing.

December 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Katrillion.com
Katrillion.com

Audience Reviews for XXX

A very entertaining movie, its a typical Vin Diesel movie really and it is explosive and action packed!
May 9, 2012
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

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XXX is a stupid, poorly executed action film that doesn't have anything great going for it. I absolutely felt that this was a waste of time. Not even Rammstein's cameo could save this film. The film might've had more potential with a better script and a much better actor. However the film was terrible. The films plot is very thin and very cliché. This was a stupid a poorly made action film that has no redeeming values. The acting and story are plainly horrible. Vin Diesel shows yet again that he has no skill as an actor. This film is a poorly made action film that has nothing good going for it. The film is pretty pointless, and it's pretty sloppy in the way it was made. The film is very silly. I mean an extreme sportsman with a "fuck you" attitude becoming a government operative is too stupid to my liking. I honestly thought that this film would be good, but I was wrong. XXX is yet another bad action film, and director Rob Cohen proves that he can't direct whatsoever. XXX is one of those films that should've never been made in the first place. If you're thinking about seeing the film, don't, it's a waste of time. If you love action films, pass up on this one, there's nothing good going on in the film. Like I said the plot isn't that good, or interesting. The film is a wasted opportunity to do something good, and it fails to hit the mark on so many levels.
September 11, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Yelena: I've been undercover here for two years.
    2. Xander "XXX" Cage: Two years? What was your plan? To let them die of old age?
    – Submitted by Nick S (15 months ago)
    1. Agent Gibbons: I want you to meet some people and find out whatever you can about them.
    2. Xander "XXX" Cage: What kind of people?
    3. Agent Gibbons: Dirty. Dangerous. Tattooed. Uncivilized. Your kind of people.
    – Submitted by Victoria A (21 months ago)
    1. Xander "XXX" Cage: You've gotta be kidding me! You already broke me, you don't have to get cruel and unusual.
    – Submitted by Jonny S (2 years ago)
    1. Xander "XXX" Cage: I wish I had a camera.
    2. Yelena: Why?
    3. Agent Gibbons: Because this is going to be one hell of a trick!
    – Submitted by Jonny S (2 years ago)
    1. Xander "XXX" Cage: You know, if you're gonna ask someone to save the world, you'd better make sure they like it the way it is.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. Xander "XXX" Cage: The things I'm gonna do for my country.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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