Box art for The Bone Collector

The Bone Collector

action & adventure, drama

Two cops (WASHINGTON and JOLIE) on the trail of a brutal killer. They must see as one, they must act as one, they must think as one, before the next victim falls.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

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

Grisly thriller with great performances; not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that while the thriller elements revolve around a gruesome serial killer, much of the plot revolves around a paralyzed forensics expert who, at the beginning of the film, is planning his assisted suicide with the help of friends. There is a lot of very graphic and grisly violence, with dead bodies aplenty. Characters are shot, stabbed, crushed, bitten, and killed in horrific ways. There is also frequent profanity and some drug references.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the challenges facing the severely disabled -- as well as the options, and support, they also have available. Talk about the ethics of physician-assisted suicide, as well as the kinds of injuries and hopelessness that would make this an option.
  • Discuss the popularity of fiction about inventive, diabolical serial killers, in spite of the much more prosaic reality of the phenomenon. What makes these characters such popular villains for Hollywood entertainment?
  • Families can talk about the popularity of police procedurals and forensics as an engine of suspense and drama; what does this say about our culture's thoughts about law and order?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews


- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Friday, April 27, 2007

Fresh: Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie muster enough electricity to make The Bone Collector a watchable thriller.

- Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Rotten: A desperate send-up of authentic evil, a True Crime! tabloid 'zine thriller packaged with all the subtlety and restraint of children's toothpaste.

- Brent Simon, Entertainment Today, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A very good cat and mouse thriller as an ex-cop teams up with a rookie to investigate crime scenes to track down a serial killer.

- Deano78, Saturday, August 21, 2010

4 stars

after like my 5th viewing or so, i still really enjoy this film. far fetched and a bit forced at times, but this film balances thrills well with charm and entertainment at a high level.

- sanjurosamurai, Saturday, May 8, 2010

3 stars

This mainly gets such a low rating due to the fact that it is one of the most predictable movies ever. It is completely ruined within twenty minutes. Denzel Washington also gives the same old boring performance, essentially the only standout is Angelina Jolie. She did a great job and makes the movie at least fun to watch.

- ythelastman89, Monday, January 18, 2010