Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 34
  2. Negative: 16 out of 34
  1. 38
    This is one of those would-be blockbusters that wants to have it both ways: It includes enough political commentary to have pretensions of seriousness, yet it's engineered to satisfy the explosion cravings of Schwarzenegger action fans, if any are left.
  2. A mind-numbing carnival of violence.
  3. 30
    Intermittently, in attempts to articulate a coherent argument, Collateral Damage shifts from pulse-pounding mode to something more migraine-conducive.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    30
    It's another dumb vengeance picture -- "In the Bedroom" for meatheads.
  5. Five months after Sept. 11, the movie inevitably echoes those events, but in a loud and extremely cheesy way.
  6. Head-scratchingly ordinary, given Schwarzenegger's need to prove he's still a virile (i.e., non-aging) action hero.
  7. There's nothing special about this movie -- it's just business as usual for today's debased action-movie genre.
  8. Exploits and trivializes public anxiety for entertainment and commercial gain. They've been doing it for years. But this little piggie didn't get to the market in time.
  9. 25
    Collateral Damage isn't jingoistic; it also isn't exciting. It's a depressed rabble-rouser.
  10. 20
    Plays like a bad adolescent revenge fantasy on Ritalin, all jagged editorial edges and silly, pumped-up testosterone.
  11. 20
    Quickly plunges into boggy terrain from which it can never extricate itself.
  12. 20
    Manages to squeeze in several different endings — like a bad pop song that doesn't know when to fade out. But as Mr. Schwarzenegger's stature as an action figure diminishes, his effort to retain a piece of the market is touching.
  13. 20
    Ludicrous revenge thriller.
  14. 10
    Abort! Abort! It's that time of year when Hollywood releases movies it should never have made in the first place.
  15. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    10
    More than an embarrassment, it's an insult.
User Score
4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 6 out of 14
  1. Jan 26, 2011
    6
    You can tell that Schwarzenegger was losing a step filming this movie, that or the editors need to find a new profession, because some of the fighting scenes were so off they were laughable. If you can overlook that you have an enjoyable action movie that isn't anything special but good enough for a movie for guys. Leguizamo adds some flair to the movie with his quick tongued delivery as a drug trafficker. Full Review »