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xXx: State of the Union Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 28, 2005
Plays less like a sequel to XXX than a parody of it and the whole action genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 29, 2005
Perfectly mindless fun, where the emphasis is on the mindless.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2005
A childish movie of the shoot 'em up/blow 'em up/here come the flame throwers and the cool-looking weapons genre.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 28, 2005
Did I enjoy this movie? Only in a dumb mindless way. It has whatever made the original XXX entertaining, but a little less of it. Does it make the slightest sense? Of course not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
April 28, 2005
There isn't a fresh moment in the entire 100-minute running time. The tediousness is impossible to dispel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 29, 2005
A humorless foray of noise and fast-cuts signifying nothing much.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 28, 2005
There's no wit or imagination, just the thump thump thump of exposition and explosions.
Read More | Original Score: C
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
May 1, 2005
A completely generic action film with nothing to hold your attention and no one for you to care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
April 29, 2005
'Rather then saying the film strikes out I think I'll use a little bowling jargon to sum it up: "XXX" is a turkey!'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Weinberg
April 29, 2005
xXx: State of the Union is better than the first entry, which is sort of like saying a mallet to the scalp is better than a hammer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 29, 2005
Functions less as a movie than an overactive adrenal gland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
April 29, 2005
So generic and derivative...that it's hard to turn your brain off and even enjoy the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 28, 2005
The stunts and explosions are effective, but the dialogue and characters are not.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Gilchrist
April 29, 2005
Now, rather than looking tough, former NWA badass Ice Cube simply seems constipated, and rather than being intimidating he is strangely ingratiating.
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
May 6, 2005
As for female characters, in the xXx franchise, there are only two types of women: the ones with big breasts, and the ones with even bigger breasts.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 28, 2005
The plot swings between pathetically implausible and aggressively stupid.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 27, 2005
Despite its title, XXX: State of the Union is neither pornographic nor political.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
June 20, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Eric D. Snider
April 28, 2005
The sequel, rather than being big and dumb, is just dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 29, 2005
So primitive, it must have been written in lizard blood on animal skin.
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