Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic 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. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Feb 16, 2012
    63
    The film's focus on the contest between the two agents does throw the film off-balance.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 15, 2012
    63
    This Means War is not funny enough to succeed as a comedy. It's not emotionally deft enough to succeed as a romance. And it's not exciting enough to succeed as an action film. It's a high-energy, fast-paced explosion of moments that can be edited together to make a compelling trailer.
  4. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Feb 27, 2012
    60
    Smart, funny and really quite hot, this is worth a look no matter what you think of "Charlie's Angels."
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 15, 2012
    58
    At least This Means War is an equal opportunity misfire, with as much appeal for men as women, compared to a one-sided weeper like "The Vow."
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 17, 2012
    50
    The best you can say about This Means War is that it would make a good date movie for couples in the witness protection program.
  8. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Feb 17, 2012
    50
    This Means War is a Valentine's date dud: Think wilted roses, squashed chocolates and flat champagne.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 16, 2012
    50
    Silly action sequences grow tedious and rarely blend with the wannabe madcap comedy.
  10. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Feb 16, 2012
    50
    Perfectly acceptable watched on the back of an airline seat or at home while you're doing housework.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Feb 16, 2012
    50
    Even by the standards of light entertainment, This Means War is meaningless.
  12. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Feb 16, 2012
    50
    Pine, who expertly approximated William Shatner in the Star Trek reboot, seems to have picked up some of the actor's air of self-serious buffoonery, and it suits him well; as Witherspoon's best pal, late-night TV comedian Chelsea Handler holds down what might be called the Nora Ephron part, dispensing an endless stream of bawdy man jokes.
  13. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Feb 15, 2012
    50
    Individually they are all good here, though Hardy's skills don't necessarily translate that well to romantic comedy -- which could have been used to good effect, but McG doesn't have the touch to pull that off.
  14. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Feb 14, 2012
    50
    If you can get past the gross invasion of privacy issues that would exist if this were real life and not just a frothy confection, what you have is some bittersweet fun peppered by bursts of sharp patter, the best between the boys.
  15. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Feb 14, 2012
    50
    This Means War seems so concerned with being the best product, it doesn't even know how to be good trash.
  16. 50
    The gut-whomping, high-concept romantic thriller This Means War is not a distinguished addition to director McG's oeuvre.
  17. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Feb 16, 2012
    40
    Technically, movies don't give off a scent, but This Means War is so smarmy that it seems to reek of cheap cologne.
  18. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Feb 16, 2012
    40
    Bromance or romance, This Means War feels like something scrawled by enterprising teenagers who developed their concepts of love and espionage from films and TV shows they caught over a few weekends of basic cable surfing.
  19. 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.
  20. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Feb 14, 2012
    40
    The cocky presumption of charm that isn't actually there is precisely the problem with action-comedy This Means War.
  21. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 10, 2012
    40
    This screwball premise lives or dies by the chemistry between Pine and Hardy, who are too busy trying to out-appeal one another to make the buddy dynamic click.
  22. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Feb 16, 2012
    38
    As this sloppy, scattered, utterly synthetic piece of Hollywood widgetry unspools, it becomes increasingly clear that the romantic tension at play exists mostly between the men in question.
  23. 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.
  24. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 15, 2012
    38
    If there's anything I hate more than a stupid action comedy, it's an incompetent stupid action comedy. It's not so bad it's good. It's so bad it's nothing else but bad.
  25. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Feb 20, 2012
    30
    Reese Witherspoon is a woman, aged thirty-five, with a bundle of grownup roles behind her. Yet in order to retain her slot in romantic comedy, it appears, she must reverse into her teens. What makes the transition yet more depressing is the memory of Tracy Flick. [27 Feb. 2012, p.86]
  26. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Feb 20, 2012
    25
    The action, which bookends the movie, is atrocious, defying all laws of gravity and physics and machine gun-edited into incomprehensible lunacy.
  27. 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.
  28. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 16, 2012
    25
    Pure, witless discombobulation.
  29. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 15, 2012
    25
    Given the creepiest rom-com premise this side of "Addicted To Love" - which at least had the wisdom to reflect on its camera-obscura voyeurism - director McG tries to turn This Means War into a cool pop confection along the lines of his Charlie's Angels movies. But pouring on the douchey hipness and charm only makes things worse.
  30. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Feb 14, 2012
    20
    Charmless and histrionic, this mean-spirited movie takes place in the toyscape of McG (Charlie's Angels), a monomonikered director who makes Michael Bay seem thoughtful.
  31. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 14, 2012
    20
    "War" is depressingly mean-spirited.
  32. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Feb 10, 2012
    10
    This perfectly dreadful romantic action comedy manages to embarrass its three eminently attractive leading players in every scene, making this an automatic candidate for whatever raspberries or golden turkeys or other dubious awards may be given in future for the films of 2012.
  33. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Feb 21, 2012
    0
    With the material they're given, they mostly just seem foolish for showing up to the movie to begin with. Audiences would do well to avoid the same mistake.
  34. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 16, 2012
    0
    An ugly, misguided exercise.
  35. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Feb 14, 2012
    0
    Nearly totally laugh-, chemistry- and coherence-free, this fiasco from the director of "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle'' has a script whose sensible parts would fit on a napkin with enough room left over for the Gettysburg Address.
  36. 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."
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 138 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 47
  2. Negative: 7 out of 47
  1. Feb 22, 2012
    9
    The probable reason that critics are generally not favorable to this movie is because they are "critics". We are not, we aim to enjoy the movie. It is undeniable that the movie is extremely illogical, but indeed it's ridiculously fun. The plot is highly predictable but if you want to have good laughs, this movie is your choice. Full Review »
  2. Aug 1, 2012
    4
    "This Means War" is downright bland. Reese Witherspoon's acting can't get any **** and so goes to the weak triangular chemistry between the main characters. Subtract out the action and what do you get? A **** romantic comedy. Full Review »
  3. Feb 23, 2012
    6
    As I've asserted in the past, knowing what the critics think about a movie is a great way to moderate your expectations for a movie. In this case, I liked the trailer, but hesitated when the critics dogged it. But I caught a late show anyway, with mega-low expectations, and was pleasantly surprised - I actually laughed throughout this film. I mean there's BAD (see Katherine Heigl's "One for the Money"), and then there's light humor and McG-style action with a heart. This movie delivers the latter in spades. I have a feeling that some of the pro critics shut it down before the movie even got going, because this is not a "red" film. I'd even recommend it - again, for what it is! Full Review »