Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 26
  2. Negative: 13 out of 26
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  1. 75
    This is a ride, a video game, a soundtrack -- unapologetic and clearly labeled as such. It has no middle speed.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    The biggest strength of Cradle 2 the Grave is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Brown
    By the time Li enters the obligatory ''ring of fire'' to face his final opponent, you realize just how forthrightly rote and businesslike ''Cradle'' is. And you don't mind. Because business, it turns out, is good.
  4. When you pay good money to see an action movie, it's understood that you want it to be action-packed. You do not want it to be action-enhanced or action-flavoured or featuring accents of action.
  5. Ultimately, it's the hip cast that keeps things hopping.
  6. 60
    Martial arts hero Jet Li takes on all comers--with one hand in his hip pocket most of the time--in this absurd but breathlessly paced actioner.
  7. 60
    Relentless, infantile and impossible to dislike.
  8. Even throwing in a spunky fight between female sidekicks (Gabrielle Union and Kelly Hu) isn't enough to float this film over clumsy dialogue and the feeling we've seen it before.
  9. 50
    The film itself is on autopilot and overdrive at the same time: It does nothing original, but does it very rapidly.
  10. Reviewed by: C.W. Nevius
    Between the off-center comic riffs of Tom Arnold and the wildly improbable hair's-breadth escapes, the whole business dissolves into amiable action farce.
  11. 50
    Cradle boasts a couple of bravura fight and chase scenes but they're stranded amid the predictable and the pedestrian.
  12. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Choreographed by long-term Li collaborator Corey Yuen, the martial arts confrontations supply plenty of spark, though they lack the more exhilarating stylistic flourishes of those in "Romeo."
  13. Tom Arnold and Anthony Anderson become an official comedy duo as they deliver an extraneous (and questionably funny) comedy riff, as they did in "Exit Wounds" over the film’s closing credits.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Each actor does his own thing for his own audience demographic.
  15. I also wondered how the movie got the title Cradle 2 the Grave. Nobody used the phrase; it didn't apply to any characters; it didn't even turn up in a song. Maybe the filmmakers were saving "Rotten 2 the Core" for the sequel.
  16. A violent, dumb, offensive mess.
  17. Would be a perfectly decent B-action movie if it weren't shipwrecked in the last act by laughably ridiculous plotting and a lazily executed climax.
  18. A secondhand action movie that retreads all the tired staples of the 1980s and '90s.
  19. The cinematographer-turned-director likes his MTV-style editing so much that in his drive for hyperkinetic overkill he sacrifices coherence to wallow in barely contained chaos.
  20. With so little trust and even less dialogue to back him up, it's no wonder Li rarely takes his left hand out of his pants pocket. His fists aren't furious; they're on strike.
  21. 30
    Soulless, sleekly executed product.
  22. 30
    It's saying something when Tom Arnold's performance is among the movie's highlights.
  23. Overall the tone is dark and nasty, exemplified by the inelegant signature kung-fu move of the good guys -- a backward kick to the groin.
  24. Reviewed by: Jon Caramanica
    Li barely has enough lines to qualify for a SAG card.
  25. 10
    Its creepy use of DMX's daughter is reprehensible, but the film is otherwise so unrelentingly sleazy that its use of the child-in-danger gambit actually qualifies as one of its subtler moves.
  26. Replete with audience-insulting writing and blatantly hateful jokes, storytelling like this makes most video game plots look like "Moby Dick."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. May 16, 2015
    Cradle 2 the grave is far from Jet Li's best action picture. The plot is alright but is nothing ingenious and DMX
    is an average actor. The
    Cradle 2 the grave is far from Jet Li's best action picture. The plot is alright but is nothing ingenious and DMX
    is an average actor. The producers should have cast a better partner for Jet in the movie. The most exciting parts of this movie are the action scenes and there are enough to satisfy fans of Jet. If you're watching the movie solely for the action, you will be pleased. I'll give credit to DMX for some of the action in the movie because he has some cool action scenes. The dialogue and story could've been better but it's no surprise.
    Overall the movie is enjoyable and it is on the level of Romeo Must Die. This movie isn't on the level of Unleashed and Kiss Of The Dragon. Those movies have excellent plots and terrific action scenes. This movie is what you'll expect from an action movie. However if you are seeking an original plot with A list actors and inventive action scenes this isn't your action movie. I recommend this movie to everyone but it is no masterpiece. On a scale of 1 to 10, a 7 is more than fair.
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