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This Means War Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
February 29, 2012
Yet another case of Hollywood execs trying way too hard to give the audience what they think it wants.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 21, 2012
The director is McG, who allows no motion to pass without a musical energy boost.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 17, 2012
"This Means War" is the worst McG film yet. And good Lord, that is saying something.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 17, 2012
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 | Original Score: C
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
February 17, 2012
Slides by on the strength of Tom Hardy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 17, 2012
And we have our first lock for the Worst of the Year list.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
February 17, 2012
Not even cutie-pie Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon can hold our attention for long in this ridiculous, bombastic romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 17, 2012
It's a date movie for suckers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 17, 2012
You can imagine how the ball got rolling on "This Means War.'' You can also imagine how the folks who rolled the ball started to lose their minds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
February 17, 2012
In the dictionary, "frothy" is defined as being "light and entertaining but of little substance." This Means War is a totally frothy film. And that's a good thing, at least here. (Sometimes substance is overrated.)
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 17, 2012
It's a bad sign when a film which aims only for froth can't achieve more than moments of embarrassment, punctuated with sporadic agitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 17, 2012
Proves to be little more than the canned Spam of the movie world - bland, over-processed and cheap, even when it's spending millions engulfing highways in balls of ludicrous flame.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 17, 2012
If you want some nice light yuks, "This Means War" should do the trick.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 16, 2012
McG can't seem to decide whether he's making a spy action flick with romance interspersed or a rom-com peppered with action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 16, 2012
Would be perfectly acceptable watched on the back of an airline seat or at home while you're doing housework.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 16, 2012
Reese Witherspoon isn't an idiot, and yet she made "This Means War," which leads to the question: Was this some temporary lapse in judgment or was this the best offer she had?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 16, 2012
Note to Witherspoon: This Means War is the sort of consumer product you're supposed to test before you win an Academy Award, not after.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 16, 2012
Hardy is raffishly charming. But you don't send a grenade to do a feather's job. Which is exactly the mistake that McG, director of this earsplitting, hyperbolic love triangle, makes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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February 16, 2012
A good parody takes a finesse that isn't in the vocabulary of McG, a bargain-basement Michael Bay more concerned with cool than coherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
February 16, 2012
Technically, movies don't give off a scent, but This Means War is so smarmy that it seems to reek of cheap cologne.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 16, 2012
A trio of appealing actors is trapped in an action-spiked romcom death-sentenced by a lack of humor, heart and a coherent reason for being.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 16, 2012
Pine, who expertly approximated William Shatner in the Star Trek reboot, seems to have picked up some of the actor's air of self-serious buffoonery, and it suits him well.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 16, 2012
Even by the standards of light entertainment, "This Means War" is meaningless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 16, 2012
Why does Hollywood find it so difficult to make a romantic comedy?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 16, 2012
If there's anything I hate more than a stupid action comedy, it's an incompetent stupid action comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 16, 2012
McG tries to turn This Means War into a cool pop confection along the lines of his Charlie's Angels movies. But pouring on the douchey hipness and charm only makes things worse.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 15, 2012
This Means War may have been hammered together by brute Hollywood force, but there's this going for it: It's game to throw in anything that'll keep the motor running.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
February 15, 2012
A droopy love triangle seriously short on sexual chemistry, not to mention the kind of playful self-awareness that can spice up even the blandest romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 15, 2012
Oh, it's OK, but you would think that with Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy on board for a romantic comedy, some sparks would fly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 15, 2012
At the heart of the movie is a romantic triangle between three impossibly good-looking people who are so uninteresting that we keep hoping the sleazy bad guy will show up and shoot them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 14, 2012
Not even Ms. Witherspoon can save it. It is, however, high time she started thinking about saving herself -- and what's left of her film career.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 14, 2012
Nearly totally laugh-, chemistry- and coherence-free, this fiasco from the director of "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle'' has a script whose sensible parts would fit on a napkin with enough room left over for the Gettysburg Address.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 14, 2012
By the time an extended epilogue brings back the characters that you've presumably fallen in love with for a curtain call, it only works as a chance for a head start to the parking lot.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 14, 2012
Some kind of internal threshold for obnoxiousness is broken when you submit to this harsh rom-com...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 14, 2012
This isn't a romantic comedy. This is two dopey kids tussling at the family dinner table, with Reese Witherspoon as the wishbone they're fighting over.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 14, 2012
The kind of rom-com that insults its primary audience and panders to their dates, "War" is depressingly mean-spirited.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2012
If you can get past the gross invasion of privacy issues that would exist if this were real life and not just a frothy confection, what you have is some bittersweet fun peppered by bursts of sharp patter, the best between the boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 14, 2012
Having great-looking stars who have the added bonus of actually being able to act makes the noisy romp "This Means War" more tolerable than it ought to be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 13, 2012
Not a distinguished addition to director McG's oeuvre.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
February 11, 2012
This screwball premise lives or dies by the chemistry between Pine and Hardy, who are too busy trying to out-appeal one another to make the buddy dynamic click.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
This perfectly dreadful romantic action comedy manages to embarrass its three eminently attractive leading players in every scene, making this an automatic candidate for whatever raspberries or golden turkeys or other dubious awards may be given...