Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 31
  2. Negative: 12 out of 31
  1. What isn't scary--or exciting, amusing or fun--is XXX: State of the Union, a movie so preposterous, cliché-packed and over the top that it makes the original "XXX" seem as good as the original "State of the Union."
  2. 38
    One can give Ice Cube props for attitude, but not much more.
  3. The special effects excite at first but wear out their welcome.
  4. 30
    10 times too much, a nonstop orgy of bullets, bombs, and booty that aims low and hits the bull’s-eye with enough firepower to sink the Bismarck.
  5. Critics are inclined to describe the action in films like "XXX" and Lee Tamahori's sequel, XXX: State of the Union, as "cartoon violence." I'll resist doing that out of respect for cartoons.
  6. The most gratifying thing about xXx: State of the Union is that nobody wastes much time on character, motivation, plausibility, dialogue or sex -- all that slow stuff that drags down ordinary movies.
  7. Has to be one of the most absurd of all big-budget action movies, and that's saying something. It's just a blink away from over-the-top self-parody, and I'm pretty sure it's not trying to be.
  8. The makers of State of the Union subscribe to the Jerry Bruckheimer big-bang theory of action (big, bigger, biggest), but they don't share that maestro's attention to detail, or apparently his deep pockets. The state of this cinematic union is shabby indeed.
  9. So primitive, it must have been written in lizard blood on animal skin.
  10. How bad does it get? How far past the basement can one elevator go?
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 113 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 38
  2. Negative: 18 out of 38
  1. May 9, 2013
    6
    I like Ice Cube, but the biggest flaw with this movie is you expect Vin Diesel. It`s ok but feels wrong for the most part. I think they would be better off changing the name and a few things in the movie to separate from the series. Full Review »
  2. Jan 7, 2013
    10
    epic
  3. Jan 7, 2013
    10
    epic