Critics Consensus

Depressingly dull and all-around poorly made, Rage is the rare Nicolas Cage action thriller lacking enough energy to reach "so bad it's good" territory.



Total Count: 41


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User Ratings: 7,126
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Paul Maguire (Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas) is a respectable businessman and loving father living peaceful life...until his violent past comes back to haunt him. When his teenage daughter is taken from their home, Paul rounds up his old crew to help him find her...by any means necessary. His search for justice leads Paul down a dark and bloody path of revenge, betrayal and long buried secrets. Danny Glover (theLethal Weapon films), Rachel Nichols (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Peter Stormare (Fargo) co-star in this heart-stopping thrill ride that shows no mercy.(c) RJ/Image

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Nicolas Cage
as Paul Maguire
Rachel Nichols
as Vanessa Maguire
Danny Glover
as Detective Peter St. John
Peter Stormare
as Francis O'Connell
Michael McGrady
as Danny Doherty
Weston Cage
as Young Paul
Aubrey Peeples
as Caitlin Maguire
Amir Zandi
as Young Doherty
Jon Dannelley
as Young Kane
Eric Schmitz
as Coroner
Sarah Ann Schultz
as Miss Russell
Judd Lormand
as Mr. White
Al Stokes
as Mayor
Bella Stevens
as Singing Little Girl
Tom Waite
as Track Suit Russian
Michael Brannon
as News Reporter #1
Sean Owsley
as News Anchor
Kimberley Canova
as Mrs. White
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Critic Reviews for Rage

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (14)

  • Piles on the foreign accents and paint-by-numbers brutality, all served up with a grim, operatic self-seriousness that gives Cage's antihero little room to maneuver.

    Jul 14, 2014 | Full Review…

    Justin Chang

    Top Critic
  • Cage may not always be easy on the eyes, but at his best, you can't turn away from him, because you never really know what he'll do next. But here, the actor plays it drab and dour.

    Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…
  • There isn't an original frame or line of dialogue in Rage.

    Jul 11, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • A dull, lifeless thing even in spite of its efforts, old-school grindhouse picture-style, to put an exploitation-nihilist spin on the dad-with-action-movie-skills-on-the-rampage boilerplate ...

    Jul 11, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to say this is the worst film Nicolas Cage has ever made - there are just too many contenders to choose from. But it's near the bottom.

    Jul 10, 2014 | Rating: D | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Rage is so full of cliché, convention and just plain odd narrative choices that it can't get out of its own way.

    Jul 10, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Scott Bowles

    USA Today
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Rage

  • May 10, 2016
    This film is basically a Taken movie Staring Nic Cage, Well it's one of the Taken sequels as it's nothing special, The action is pretty tame most of the time, The acting was poor, The only thing its got going for it is a nice twist at the end that makes it watchable but apart from that there's nothing we haven't seen before in better films.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2015
    Borrowing the scenario from the popular Taken franchise, Cage plays a dad who's sole child, his daughter, is kidnapped (so let the revenge aimed ass-whupping begin!) except that every possible suspect in this proves merely to be a red herring provided by the filmmakers to merely provoke an cheap audience response (a written version of the audio jump scare), which detracts from this effort that never connects in the first place. Isn't there something else playing on cable? It's worth looking for it rather than enduring this empty thriller.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2014
    Now this is classic Cage. It's so hilariously over-the-top and ridiculous, and even though it's terrible, I'd be lying my ass off if I said it wasn't tremendously entertaining. It has one of the best scenes ever halfway through, when Nic bashes someone to death while screaming "Don't die!" at him several times, and then proceeds to unload a full pistol magazine into him afterward. Movies like these prove that Nicolas Cage is, now and forever, a National Treasure.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2014
    I've never been so disappointed in a Nicolas Cage movie before. You may ask yourself why, seeing as this man stunk it up so badly in The Wicker Man remake that it's still probably one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Whether his performance in that movie was purposely bad or not is another issue. It was still an awful movie, no matter how much I laughed at Cage. This is also the man that changed my life, a bit of hyperbole, when I saw him in The Vampire's Kiss. Let's just say you haven't lived until you've seen that film. The disappointment in this film comes from the fact that, for the first time ever, I actually went out of my way to choose a purposely bad Nicolas Cage movie, cause I wanted to laugh at how over-the-top and manic he can get. I wanted to see go over-the-top. You know that way where he speaks and the words that come out of his mouth sound nothing like what a normal human being would sound. I wanted to see THAT Cage. And the guy, for one of the first times in his life, actually let me down. Whether he's good, like he was in Joe, or whether he's bad, the aforementioned Vampire's Kiss, the guy, at the very least, gives me something to remember with each of his films. Not with this one unfortunately. The guy couldn't sound more uninspired. It was clear this was a movie just done for the paycheck, not because he actually felt it was a meaty role that would allow him to show off his talents. And it shows. I just hope that he didn't get the direction to tone it down a bit, and to play the character a little more subtle, because there's no real depth in the story to make subtlety a must. This is a substandard and low-tier vengeance film that just got lucky to get a name, in Cage, for it to get financed. The only thing I can say that I legitimately liked about the film is the reveal of what actually happened and how one decision can set off a pretty violent chain of events. That's the only thing the film is skilled at. They just mumble and fumble their way through the rest of the flick. Poorly-written, poorly acted and poorly shot. The action sequences, if they can be called that, are just laughable. There's this one scene, at the Russian card game, where Nicolas Cage kicks a dude on the shin with the strength of a newborn baby. It was ridiculous. South Korea puts out better revenge films in their sleep to be perfectly honest. The story is pretty much the basic stuff. Former criminal turned straight is pulled back into the 'life' after his daughter is abducted. While on his search, some skeletons from his past are revealed which could put his life in serious jeopardy. Straightforward and simple. Straightforward, or simple, doesn't mean that it's good or interesting. Far from it to be perfectly honest. It's just not a very well made film at all. Don't really know what I'm supposed to take away from all of this. Not that that's really a deciding factor on whether or not I enjoyed the film, but you're left with an empty feeling once you finish this film. Not like the entire thing was designed to be emotionally exhausting. Ultimately this is a shallow and hollow excuse for a film. Usually films about revenge have some deep emotional core, at least the very good ones, this one pretends to have one, but it's all just a facade. But it is what it is, you can't really expect much from this type of film when it's got this small of a budget. I was just hoping for Cage to bring out his over-the-top mannerisms, but it was not to be. So if that's what you wanted to watch this film for, then trust me, you are barking up the wrong tree. This is a pretty damn bad movie all things considered. Good thing I'll forget it all by tonight. I also just noticed that this film, disappointingly enough, is my 2000th review for this here website. I don't know what to say, I have no excuses for choosing this. I realize 2000 reviews on this website isn't anything special, just that I have a lot of free time, but I was hoping for something a little more special. I really didn't notice, so maybe the 3000th review will be for a better film.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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