xXx: State of the Union Reviews

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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
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Peter L'Official
Village Voice
May 3, 2005
Explosions abound, along with expository dialogue and a ham-tastic triad of performances from Sam Jackson, Willem Dafoe, and Peter Strauss.
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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
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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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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
April 29, 2005
You'd need a crane to suspend your disbelief.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 29, 2005
So devoid of craft, it looks as though it were filmed by robots.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 29, 2005
Its action scenes are too absurd and too computer-generated to produce any kind of rush. The dialogue, not just amateurish, fails even to approximate something resembling human interaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 29, 2005
Perfectly mindless fun, where the emphasis is on the mindless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 29, 2005
There are bound to be pictures bigger, dumber and more punishing than this one released during the summer, but at least the warm weather also will bring a wider range of alternatives.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 29, 2005
Mostly an excuse for cramming as much gratuitous violence as possible into a PG-13-rated flick running only 92 minutes.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 29, 2005
The chases, shootouts and explosions in this deafening, lamebrained wreck of a movie make the Road Runner cartoons look like National Geographic specials.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
April 29, 2005
The part of me that wasn't rolling my eyes really wanted to know which media bad boy would be next in line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 29, 2005
The most gratifying thing about xXx: State of the Union is that nobody wastes much time on character, motivation, plausibility, dialogue or sex -- all that slow stuff that drags down ordinary movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
April 29, 2005
This is just a warm-up as the summer movie season gets an early start. Big, loud and stupid, XXX: State of the Union isn't so much a sequel as a preview of coming attractions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 29, 2005
This is garbage, fun garbage at times, but action-bang trash nonetheless.
| Original Score: C-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 29, 2005
A humorless foray of noise and fast-cuts signifying nothing much.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 29, 2005
To say that Tamahori (Die Another Day) panders is to understate his capacity for bread-and-circus-style filmmaking.
| Original Score: D+
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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
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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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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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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 28, 2005
At least this movie seems more aware of its trashiness than National Treasure was. It's therefore freer to have some off-the-cuff fun the way Steven Seagal's more tolerable vehicles once did.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 28, 2005
This xXx seems to know exactly how stupid it is, and this kind of self-knowledge helps nudge it toward the guilty pleasure bracket, even if it never quite makes that leap.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 28, 2005
As a rating, XXX is used to warn people away from objectionable material. For this movie, it's more like ZZZ.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 28, 2005
The producing team behind this sequel to XXX has apparently decided that the only place to go is over the top way over the top.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 28, 2005
The film's story remains as defiantly impervious to logic as its hero is to bullets.
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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.
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 28, 2005
The plot swings between pathetically implausible and aggressively stupid.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 28, 2005
Like an actual State of the Union address, there is nothing in State of the Union you haven't encountered already.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
April 28, 2005
The only thing that really matters is whether the action scenes push the envelope -- and they don't, especially compared with the extreme sports style of the first XXX.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 28, 2005
This flashy atrocity, clearly a lost cause from the first five minutes, offers viewers no option but to assume crash position and brace themselves for the worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 28, 2005
This new XXX has a story that may break all recent records for rampaging cliches and utter nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 28, 2005
Like the original, it's ultra loud and often looks like a PlayStation game. But when the fast and furious bludgeoning and blow-ups wane, the screen may as well be tuned to channel zero.
Full Review | Original Score: D-