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XXX Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
August 23, 2002
The director piles on one expensive but impersonal action scene after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 14, 2002
Now I know what XXX stands for:Xtremely Xcruciating Xperience.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2002
Cohen ... loads the film with pow.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 12, 2002
[U]nrelentingly stupid.
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August 10, 2002
Move over, James Bond: Vin Diesel's in the house.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 9, 2002
Essentially a dumb guy's day in Heaven.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 9, 2002
Watching [Diesel] ... is a lot more fun than staying with the ever-feebler Pierce Brosnan in his decrepit adventures as MGM tries desperately to keep the creaking Bond franchise upright.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 9, 2002
Rather than 'a new breed of secret agent,' the makers of XXX have created a dumber version of Rambo, and I have just one question: YYY?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
August 9, 2002
For all the high-end stunts and tricked-out production design, much of the action comes off as curiously flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 9, 2002
Its scale and audacity, its brashness and vulgarity make it a pleasure from beginning to end -- or a guilty pleasure for those prone to guilt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 9, 2002
It's hard to tell with all the crashing and banging where the salesmanship ends and the movie begins.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 9, 2002
For all its alleged youthful fire, XXX is no less subservient to Bond's tired formula of guns, girls and gadgets while brandishing a new action hero.
| Original Score: C
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
August 9, 2002
The pretensions -- and disposable story -- sink the movie. And Diesel isn't the actor to save it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 9, 2002
The racially ambiguous Diesel cuts a fine action figure. He has the glacial swagger left over from his bouncer days and looks as if he's been bench-pressing Sylvester Stallone since he was 12.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Steinberg
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 9, 2002
Every defiantly over-the-top action scene -- from high-stakes car chases to fearsome drug busts -- seizes your adrenal gland and milks it like an epileptic farmer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 9, 2002
Ultimately, this is a movie as generic as its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
August 9, 2002
Unfortunately, its efforts to pander to this pubescent demographic are often laughable.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 9, 2002
In XXX, Diesel is that rare creature -- an action hero with table manners, and one who proves that elegance is more than tattoo deep.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 9, 2002
In its own punk way, XXX is as good as a good Bond movie, and that's saying something.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
August 8, 2002
This is perhaps the silliest movie ever to certify the arrival of a major star since, well, The Fast and the Furious, the last Cohen-Diesel collaboration.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 8, 2002
A movie that feels as if it has been assembled using census charts and market research conducted at Taco Bell.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
August 8, 2002
A hoot to watch so long as you don't pick at the plot holes or forget to suspend your disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2002
More busy than exciting, more frantic than involving, more chaotic than entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 8, 2002
The harder XXX strives to be hip, the lamer it looks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Savage
Miami Herald
August 8, 2002
This is a movie that wants to do nothing more than show its hero blowing things up, punching bad guys and wooing PG-13 hotties. For what it is trying to be, it's good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 8, 2002
It's got the brawn, but not the brains.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 8, 2002
It's more fun than The Sum of All Fears, sexier than Mission: Impossible, gutsier and more macho than the wan Bourne Identity.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
August 8, 2002
Diesel smolders as bad boy with spy toys Xander Cage.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
August 8, 2002
Suit #1: Sold. OK, set up the product placements. Call Motorola for a video cell phone doohickey. And have MTV play preview programs and ads on the hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 8, 2002
Even in the summertime, the most restless young audience deserves the dignity of an action hero motivated by something more than franchise possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 6, 2002
Plotted like a first-person shooter but with vast savannahs of unidimensional exposition between the tar-oil fireballs and improbable stunts.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 6, 2002
This is action without tension, explosions without the concussion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
August 5, 2002
Pitifully written, with flagrant disregard for reality in the fashion of a spoof.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
August 5, 2002
The first of doubtless several editions of XXX is ideally tuned to young guys with short attention spans who fantasize alternately about big guns and hot babes.