Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 26
  2. Negative: 13 out of 26
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    Each actor does his own thing for his own audience demographic.
  3. A violent, dumb, offensive mess.
  4. 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.
  5. 30
    Soulless, sleekly executed product.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. A secondhand action movie that retreads all the tired staples of the 1980s and '90s.
  9. 30
    It's saying something when Tom Arnold's performance is among the movie's highlights.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Jon Caramanica
    20
    Li barely has enough lines to qualify for a SAG card.
  12. 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.
  13. Replete with audience-insulting writing and blatantly hateful jokes, storytelling like this makes most video game plots look like "Moby Dick."
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Sep 30, 2014
    8
    A fun action thriller with impressive special effects.
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