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action & adventure

Academy Award-nominee John Travolta ("A Civil Action", "Primary Colors") stars in this action thriller as a charismatic and dangerous CIA operative disillusioned with American bureaucracy.

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4 out of 5

Cool explosions are the best thing here.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a true R movie, with very strong language, nudity, sexual references and situations (including using a woman like property and ordering her to service Stanley sexually in front of other people), and a lot of violence. Many people are killed, and there's an extended close-up of a grisly corpse.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the Bentham-esque conundrum posed by Gabriel. If you could wipe out cancer by killing one child, would you do it? Should Stanley have violated his parole and broken the law in order to get his daughter back? How is what he did when Ginger was being threatened make him different from Gabriel?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Simply too inane to be anything more than a formulaic Hollywood blockbuster.

- Neil Smith, BBC, Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Audience Reviews

3 stars

it was good and had a cool twist at the end but it wasnt great. B-

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 28, 2010

2 stars

I didn?t think much of this at the time, I don?t really think much of it now. You do get to see Halle's Berrys though, but it?s not enough. 9/11 must have screwed their DVD sales no end, seeing as now, post terrorist attack, it makes no sense what so ever!

- SirPant, Friday, September 18, 2009

3 stars

Dominic Cena, fresh off of Gone in 60 Seconds, delivers Swordfish, which is just a better than decent crime thriller with action.The story does have some meat to it and it involves hacking as one of its driving points. On the other hand, a lot of elements throughout the film come across as a little corny and seem they are thrown in just for the heck of it. Fortunately, the pacing is quick and this 100 minute movie tends to fly by.The opening sequence is actually pretty impressive and the ending isn't too shabby as well. It is everything in the middle that takes a bit of a dive. I ain't just talking about the hookers going into the pool either. The action seems unnecessary, although it can be entertaining at times. The big explosions and heavy machine gun in the street is just too much for a film like this. At least watching guys take a spill down a large steep slope is a fun watch.The casting is a bit of a letdown. Hugh Jackman doesn't impress and John Travolta isn't anything new. However, fans of Travolta will probably like him in here. Halle Berry, on the other hand, has a great character and it isn't just because of the nudity. Don Cheadle has too little airtime, but is good with what he has. Vinnie Jones and the rest of the supporting cast are forgettable.Swordfish, while having a good start and ending, is just another movie to pass the time. Mildly entertaining for at least 1 or 2 watches.

- skactopus, Wednesday, April 29, 2009