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xXx: State of the Union Reviews

May 3, 2005
Explosions abound, along with expository dialogue and a ham-tastic triad of performances from Sam Jackson, Willem Dafoe, and Peter Strauss.
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
April 29, 2005
So primitive, it must have been written in lizard blood on animal skin.
April 29, 2005
You'd need a crane to suspend your disbelief.
April 29, 2005
So devoid of craft, it looks as though it were filmed by robots.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
April 29, 2005
Perfectly mindless fun, where the emphasis is on the mindless.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 29, 2005
Mostly an excuse for cramming as much gratuitous violence as possible into a PG-13-rated flick running only 92 minutes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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
April 29, 2005
Functions less as a movie than an overactive adrenal gland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
April 29, 2005
This is garbage, fun garbage at times, but action-bang trash nonetheless.
Read More | Original Score: C-
April 29, 2005
A humorless foray of noise and fast-cuts signifying nothing much.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 29, 2005
To say that Tamahori (Die Another Day) panders is to understate his capacity for bread-and-circus-style filmmaking.
Read More | Original Score: D+
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
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
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
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
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-
April 28, 2005
As a rating, XXX is used to warn people away from objectionable material. For this movie, it's more like ZZZ.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
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
April 28, 2005
The film's story remains as defiantly impervious to logic as its hero is to bullets.
April 28, 2005
Ice Cube keeps the action-movie franchise alive with a pleasing one-two punch of humor and burly physicality.
April 28, 2005
The plot swings between pathetically implausible and aggressively stupid.
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
April 28, 2005
Like an actual State of the Union address, there is nothing in State of the Union you haven't encountered already.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
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
April 28, 2005
This new XXX has a story that may break all recent records for rampaging cliches and utter nonsense.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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-