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Push

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers


A future-seeing Watcher (Dakota Fanning) convinces a telekinetic Mover (Chris Evans) to help steal a briefcase that holds a billion-dollar secret.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    23%
  • Audience Score
    42%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Sci-fi thriller has more style than story; some iffy stuff.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi thriller about a group of psychic "supeheroes" stars Dakota Fanning and features lots of special-effects violence. Guns and other weapons are used, people are attacked with blasts of telekinetic force, bloody wounds are shown, and overall, the atmosphere is quite grim. Characters also smoke and drink; alcohol helps Fanning's 13-year-old character "focus her visions." Expect some swearing (including "f--k") and implied sex as well.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether teen drinking seems less serious in a sci-fi setting. How does the movie portray Cassie's use of alcohol? Does it seem realistic? What would the consequences be in real life?
  • Families can also discussthe onoing appeal of superhuman fantasies. Why are they so popular? Howdoes this movie compare to ones like Sky High and Spider-Man?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    23%
    reviews counted: 29
    see all Push reviews
  • Audience

    42%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Aaron Hillis, Village Voice, Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rotten: Push is an empty calorie extravaganza and demands a crooked concentration it doesn't earn to sufficiently piece this mess together.

- Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Belle... is blank as a page, and the intended romantic chemistry between her and Evans is never in evidence.

- Christopher Orr, The New Republic, Friday, February 6, 2009

Audience Reviews

5 stars

A great concept. They didn't feel the need to make the characters with powers too superheroish. It was very much in a real world, which was sort of a nice break from something like Heroes. Chris Evans did a great job and it was nice to see Dakota Fanning not in a kid-like role. The concept is pretty mature for being a superpower-oriented film and wasn't corny like so many of the adaptions have been (spider-man, daredevil, Elektra, Blade).

- ythelastman89, Tuesday, November 17, 2009

3 stars

Take an episode of "Heroes" that you didn't think too much of smush it together with the safe and boring movie "Jumper" add in some plot lines that make no sense and mix that with a way of getting to the end that is impossible to follow as there is nothing to tie it together and you have..."Push." Much like "Jumper" I had really high hopes for this movie. Great concept (though this one we have seen), decent effects (in this case just barely decent), and a really poor execution. We have telekinetics playing with guns that so obviously look like they are on strings (I kid you not). I thought I was watching marionette mutant mafia in one scene...you'll know which one if you watch this. "Watchers" whose powers are barely defined. "Sniffers" who-well they were kind of cool. They had so many chances to take this movie so much farther and just didn't! This is a bunch of good ideas thrown together and only a few stick. The plot twists were contrived and dumfounding and not in a good way, but the entertainment factor was high when I was not getting too frustrated with the inconsistencies. Check it out if you like, but let;s hope the sequel is better as they seem to be gearing up for one. Almost 3 stars for entertainment factor only.

- Camus123, Monday, October 26, 2009

2 stars

Nothing special, the directing style kinda make the story a little confusing to be consumed..

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Wednesday, July 24, 2013