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Wanted

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers


James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie star in Wanted, a turbo-charged thrill ride critics are calling the most visually inventive, trailblazing action film of its kind.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    71%
  • Audience Score
    69%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5

Explosive action film is extremely violent.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this over-the-top action film -- which stars Angelina Jolie and is based on a series of comic books, both of which will up its appeal with teens -- is loaded with extraordinarily explicit, extensive, stylized violence, including lots of bloody shootings, beatings, and more (blood and brain matter splatter are shown). The movie's style owes a debt to The Matrix, but it's much more graphic than that sci-fi epic. The film also suggests that the central character's transformation from corporate cog to killing machine is a positive thing to be admired. Also expect lots of swearing, some cigar smoking, and some pretty passionate scenes (including male and female rear nudity).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of action films. Why does violent entertainment have such a grip on the public imagination? Talk with your kids about the difference between real life and fantasy -- even teens. Point out that consequences exist -- even if it makes you feel humorless. The fact that violent movies stimulate parts of the brain bears some commentary from the parental units. Families can also contrast Jolie's positive public work as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations with her professional work in violent action films. Do the two roles fight against each other, or are they simply different aspects of the same person? Which do you think is the "real" her?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    71%
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  • Audience

    69%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Wanted has the kind of irresistible summer-movie allure that makes studio executives drool in anticipation. Even its title must swim before their eyes and transform into 'Want-to-See'.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Friday, June 27, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Not even an oscar winner can pull off saying "Loom of fate." Seriously. Loom of fate?? Sorry, can't get over that.

- Julie, Thursday, August 26, 2010

0 star

Why did I watch this piece of shit? It is an immoral pornography of violence, and the main revenge plot is hardly logically motivated. The ending is simply insulting. The basic point of the movie seems to be that if you're not killing people, then your life is wasteland of boredom. What ridiculous ridiculousity.

- hunterjt13, Thursday, August 19, 2010

4 stars

From the very beginning, its Fight Club envy shows - the self-loathing of the humdrum, meaningless, comfortable life; the narration that is remarkably similar both in content and tone; the sudden appearance of a stranger who can break you free of this mediocrity and let you truly live through pain and violence... From there the story kicks into gear, and is quite enjoyable. It's just that first 10 minutes (and a snippet at the end) that are trying too hard to make the movie someting it is not and be a social commentary. The director has a flare for staging some crazy action, and creates some amazing visuals. Unfortunately, the movie, entertaining as it may be, is much emptier than than the film I suspect he thought it was. It's a case of style over substance, though not to the extent of, say, 300 - another movie that was great fun and had extraordinary visuals, but was light on substance. What it is, is exactly what the trailers sold it as: a great over-the-top suspend-your-disbelief actioner in the spirit of things like Transporter and Crank. Leave your brain at the door and just enjoy it.

- shiftyeyeddog, Wednesday, July 21, 2010