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Patriot Games

action & adventure, drama, thrillers

When CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge.

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common sense

ON for kids age 16
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
4 out of 5
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5

Spy thriller mixes nonstop violence with pro-family message.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Patriot Games is a spy thriller adapted from the Tom Clancy novel of the same name, and it's the sequel to The Hunt for Red October with different lead actors. It contains numerous scenes of violence and bloodshed, dozens of deaths, high peril, and frequent use of weapons, particularly assault rifles. It depicts multiple scenes of a pregnant mother and her child put in grave danger, including their injury and near-death. Language is an issue: Explicit profanity, such as "f--k," appears. Elsewhere, milder profanity and harsh, threatening language is used, from expressions such as "Jesus" and "bastard" to threats of "slit his throat" or "put a bullet in his head." There are several suggestive scenes but no nudity.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how films glamorize the role of CIA agents and spies. Do you think real-life spies really live this way? What seems untrue about the way the film portrays government work?
  • How does the film show us different types of family loyalty and how they play out? Is one kind better or worse?
  • How does patriotism factor in to which acts of violence in the film is shown as justified and which are shown as terrorism?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- David Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Derek Adams, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006

Rotten: Director Phillip Noyce, who made the gripping thriller Dead Calm, has earned his directorial hack license here.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Having recently seen Salt, by director Phillip Noyce, I became curious to find out what other movies he's made. So I did what I always do when in need of such info: I turned to IMDB. It was then that I stumbled upon this film. A thriller not unfamiliar to me, but one I've (for some reason or another) neglected until now. At any rate, there's a lot to like about the cast in this film. Not only does it star one of my all-time favourite actors, Harrison Ford, but it also includes a superb Sean Bean, and great supporting roles by actors like James Earl Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. That in hand with some riveting drama bits and suspenseful action scenes, makes this into (to use a military metaphor) another medal on Phillip Noyce's uniform. Maybe not a golden one, but shiny nevertheless.

- CloudStrife84, Wednesday, August 25, 2010

2 stars

I thought I had seen this. But I hadn't. But now I have. How do I feel about that? Pretty neutral. I still think Alec Baldwin was the best Jack Ryan. I have a hard time thinking of Harrison as anyone other than the president (when he's being part of the American government, that is. He can still be Han or Indy, of course.)

- Julie, Friday, April 9, 2010

4 stars

A great political thriller, with a priceless performance by Harrison Ford. The story is highly entertaining and enjoyable, it doesn't get too politically one sided. It has a nicely crafted suspense element that keeps you hooked.

- ythelastman89, Friday, November 20, 2009