Cradle 2 the Grave - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Cradle 2 the Grave Reviews

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Jon Caramanica
Village Voice
March 4, 2003
[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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 4, 2003
This is just a horrible film, waste of time. Please, please avoid it.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 3, 2003
If all this leaves viewers more drained than exhilarated, that's the nature of this particular beast.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 28, 2003
A secondhand action movie that retreads all the tired staples of the 1980s and '90s.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
February 28, 2003
It's saying something when Tom Arnold's performance is among the movie's highlights.
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David Rooney
Variety
February 28, 2003
In Cradle 2 the Grave, producer Joel Silver returns with gusto to the mix of martial arts action and urban attitude that proved so potent in Romeo Must Die.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
February 28, 2003
If you're a mortgage-paying grown-up, it seems like an eternity since most of the studio's output stopped being 4-U.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 28, 2003
Cradle 2 The Grave is 2 ridiculous 2 B believed. And that's perfectly okay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 28, 2003
This movie exists as an action showcase, and a fairly lame one at that.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
February 28, 2003
A perfectly serviceable mindless action film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 28, 2003
It's as idiotic as a committee of bad screenwriters could make it.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 28, 2003
The usual bang, boom, crunch and screech, though maybe a little more stylishly executed than most.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
February 28, 2003
The film is filled with astonishing set pieces that violate the laws of nature but are exciting, nonetheless.
| Original Score: A-
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
February 28, 2003
This is a ride, a video game, a soundtrack -- unapologetic and clearly labeled as such. It has no middle speed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 28, 2003
The script is so brain-dead and the characters so one-dimensional that you can't help but wish someone would had taken the plot half as seriously as the pyrotechnics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
February 28, 2003
Would be a perfectly decent B-action movie if it weren't shipwrecked in the last act by laughably ridiculous plotting and a lazily executed climax.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 28, 2003
The movie positively kicks aspirations.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Wolf
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 28, 2003
Cradle 2 the Grave is stupid 2 the max.
| Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 28, 2003
Sure to please slackjaws who are not tired to death of this kind of material recycled again and again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 27, 2003
The cinematographer- turned-director likes his MTV-style editing so much that in his drive for hyperkinetic overkill he sacrifices coherence to wallow in barely contained chaos.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
February 27, 2003
The few promising skirmishes that do erupt sputter out quickly as if fight choreographer Corey Yuen had dropped his cell connection while phoning in his moves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
February 27, 2003
It throws in enough calculated accouterments to honestly earn the label of 'product.'
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
February 27, 2003
Cradle has everything -- except plot and a reason for Li's name-above -the-title billing.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Cary Darling
Miami Herald
February 27, 2003
Cradle boasts a couple of bravura fight and chase scenes but they're stranded amid the predictable and the pedestrian.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
February 27, 2003
Relentless, infantile and impossible to dislike.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
February 27, 2003
Bad movies kill you incrementally, but Cradle 2 to Grave is so egregiously slipshod, so flamboyantly awful, that it might get the whole job done in one sitting.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
February 26, 2003
You realize just how forthrightly rote and businesslike Cradle is. And you don't mind. Because business, it turns out, is good.
Full Review | Original Score: B-