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xXx: State of the Union Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 8, 2005
A big, dumb action film that exceeds low expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael Dequina
July 7, 2005
Delivers the no-thinking-required, over-the-top goods, with some surprising digs at the original film providing the icing on this tasty bit of cinematic junk food.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
June 6, 2005
You are supposed to walk away entertained, and I did.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Paul Arendt
May 21, 2005
Viewed on its own trashy terms, it succeeds brilliantly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 20, 2005
XXX: State Of The Union is an action movie for liberals, and as far as empowerment fantasies go, it's a hoot.
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Matthew Turner
May 14, 2005
Ice Cube makes an appealing lead and no-one ever mentions that he might be a little on the tubby side to really cut it as an action hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
May 6, 2005
Is it too late to toss Ice Cube's name into the hat in the new James Bond sweepstakes? I'd be down with that.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 2, 2005
This is that rare B movie that's rooted in gut-level stirrings of power and retaliation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Harvey S. Karten
April 30, 2005
Intellectually as dumb as a door post, but Ice Cube provides enough fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
April 29, 2005
It has just enough sociology, and is wholly dismissive of physics and logic. Still, the last half-hour's unbridled action raises it to the original's enjoyable-trash level.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
April 29, 2005
Any movie that has the President quoting Tupac had an idea somewhere along the way.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 29, 2005
A crisp adventure that grows increasingly audacious (the story climaxes with a huge battle waged in the Capitol) if only lightly enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kit Bowen
April 29, 2005
With Ice Cube at the wheel, it delivers all the adrenaline a junkie could ever want. Just don't pay too much attention to anything else going on in the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 29, 2005
There are really only two kinds of big-budget action movies: stupid, and good and stupid. Surprisingly, XXX: State of the Union is good and stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fred Topel
April 28, 2005
One of the best sequels ever made without the star of the original... The only reason to criticize is if you just don't like big, unrealistic action.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
April 28, 2005
Cacophonous, ridiculous, and overblown, but it got on my good side.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mack Bates
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 28, 2005
Ice Cube brings his trademark charisma and street sensibility to a film that wouldn't be nearly as entertaining without it, though he gets considerable help from better-than-the-material-deserves performances by Jackson and Dafoe.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2005
Opens explosively and never lets up, with Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day) in full command of the action and Simon Kinberg an equally astute writer with a flair for linking socko action set pieces with terse characterization.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
April 28, 2005
James Bond's producers aren't going to like Die Another Day director Lee Tamahori delivering a sleeker, more contemporary thriller than he made for them.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 28, 2005
Ice Cube keeps the action-movie franchise alive with a pleasing one-two punch of humor and burly physicality.
Urban Cinefile Critics
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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Ebert & Roeper
May 14, 2005

Boston Phoenix
May 14, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
May 13, 2005
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