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  • Summary: The world's deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman. Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesisThe world's deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman. Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever - each other. (20th Century Fox)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 36
  2. Negative: 15 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Feb 15, 2012
    75
    As is true in most buddy pictures, the real love in This Means War is between FDR and Tuck. Pine and Hardy are an odd choice as Men Who Bond. Pine behaves like a player on Entourage; Hardy broods as if he thinks dating is torture. But as a result, they're kind of cute in an itchy and scratchy way, ­bumping shoulders in a pantomime of what men do in love and war.
  2. 60
    A dating fantasy for girls and an action bromance for guys, This Means War wins the Valentine date crowd in swoops and strokes, but does it lead to swoons? Not really.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 16, 2012
    50
    Silly action sequences grow tedious and rarely blend with the wannabe madcap comedy.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Feb 15, 2012
    40
    But Pine playing 1960s-era Shatner – sometimes subtly, sometimes not? That's a terrific gag. Really, it is. Totally inspired. It's just not enough to save this otherwise cookie-cutter bromantic comedy from being anything other than what it is: an inoffensive yawn.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 16, 2012
    38
    A trio of appealing actors is trapped in an action-spiked romcom death-sentenced by a lack of humor, heart and a coherent reason for being.
  6. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Feb 16, 2012
    25
    It's got both a soap opera plotline and a Chuck Norris-load of taxpayer-financed gadgets and gear. It also has Reese Witherspoon in another terrible part.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 14, 2012
    0
    The result is 98 minutes of moronic stupidity already being labeled on the Internet as "the worst movie of the year."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 56
  2. Negative: 10 out of 56
  1. Feb 20, 2012
    10
    I think this movie is exactly what it promises to be. If you think you're going to like it, you probably will. If you think you'll hate it,I think this movie is exactly what it promises to be. If you think you're going to like it, you probably will. If you think you'll hate it, you should probably see something else. It was a completely predictable entertaining bromance. The focus was more on the friendship between the two men, then the love triangle, and the action was very entertaining and tongue in cheek. If you want suspense and mystery, do not watch this movie. If you want something light, and funny, this is a good pick. Expand
  2. Nov 29, 2012
    9
    I thought this movie was outstanding. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy are both great in their roles. Reese Witherspoon is stunning as usual. But theI thought this movie was outstanding. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy are both great in their roles. Reese Witherspoon is stunning as usual. But the best character was Chelsea Handler. She was absolutely hilarious and really provided the best laughs in the film. The story was also pretty cool and the action sequences were explosive, though not quite realistic. Still, it's not meant to be all about realism. It is exactly what it set out to be; A lighthearted film with lots of laughs and explosions. It wasn't perfect but it's definitely one of my favorite movies I've seen this year. Expand
  3. Feb 18, 2012
    8
    More of a chick-flick than an action movie, but for couples on a date not wanting to go see Beauty and the Beast it's a good alternative withMore of a chick-flick than an action movie, but for couples on a date not wanting to go see Beauty and the Beast it's a good alternative with some action, comedy and skin. Expand
  4. May 28, 2012
    6
    A decent film that does what it's supposed to. It's pretty entertaining and has some funny moments, I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it,A decent film that does what it's supposed to. It's pretty entertaining and has some funny moments, I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it, its the sort of film I'd enjoy watching with friends. Hardy and Pine make a good double act. Expand
  5. Aug 3, 2012
    5
    This Means War is an OK movie, but thats about it. Its the perfect movie to see if there is really nothing else to see or do because at itsThis Means War is an OK movie, but thats about it. Its the perfect movie to see if there is really nothing else to see or do because at its core it provides some entertainment particularly at its mid term. Otherwise, this is a bland movie that falls under a predictable and (kind of boring) route. Theres some decent chemistry between the characters, but nothing too outstanding or good for that matter. The action sequences are laughable, and the romance falls into merely believable. What saves the movie is its actual main hook of two best friends fighting for an undecided woman using their arsenal of agency weapons and espionage which does provides some entertaining moments. The problem is when it changes its pace and tries to cover other more in-depth areas, which it doesnt do effectively. In fact, some of the scenes seem unnecessary, some just end with no reason whatsoever without accomplishing anything important- leaving the feeling that it was unnecessary. Overall, this is not bad, but it is not good either, and to be completely honest it strives more into bad than good. Watch it if there is nothing else. Expand
  6. Jan 1, 2014
    4
    The trailer told me this was an action comedy which it is to a degree but contains spaced out violence, hit and miss humour and lets be honestThe trailer told me this was an action comedy which it is to a degree but contains spaced out violence, hit and miss humour and lets be honest its a bit cheesy. Tom Hardy was the only decent thing about this film. Expand
  7. Mar 14, 2012
    0
    McG is a poor mans Michael Bay, which is pretty damn bad. If you don't see the ending coming from a mile away, you must be slow. Predictable,McG is a poor mans Michael Bay, which is pretty damn bad. If you don't see the ending coming from a mile away, you must be slow. Predictable, unfunny and for an "action rom-com" the action is pretty **** and the comedy is lacking, only thing is the "romance" which seems to be more of a "bro-mance" if anything. No chemistry between either lead male and Reese. Train wreck, but no where near as bad as any Adam Sandler movie from last year. Expand

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