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5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 143 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 69 out of 143
  2. Negative: 67 out of 143
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  1. kharagh
    Sep 6, 2005
    5
    It wasn't that bad. More entertaining than Stealth.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Feb 15, 2006
    6
    The film has some entertaining moments that thrill in the grim sense. Some racist puns are decent, as with some of the action. So is jacking a tank. The final CG sequence is so embarrassingly fake, it's an embarrassment. Just go for the first XXX.
  3. ChadS.
    Jun 24, 2005
    4
    You decide. What's more absurd: the bullet train that allows the Secretary of Defense to make a speedy getaway, or the Venice streets in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"? The special effects in this final action set-piece looks half-finished, and wouldn't be wholly out of place in "Logan's Run". Its as if the the filmmakers ran out of money. As for the story, You decide. What's more absurd: the bullet train that allows the Secretary of Defense to make a speedy getaway, or the Venice streets in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"? The special effects in this final action set-piece looks half-finished, and wouldn't be wholly out of place in "Logan's Run". Its as if the the filmmakers ran out of money. As for the story, don't ask. Let's just say that only a shark can take out Samuel L. Jackson. With Ice Cube on board, and Jackson having played Shaft in John Singleton's mounting of the prototypical blaxploitation film, "XXX: State of the Union" does have an intriguing subtext in regards to film history. According to the IFC documentary "Badasss Cinema", black cinema helped save Hollywood from going under and didn't get the credit it deserved. When Stone calls for backup, he enlists his inner-city buddies from the chopshop to help save America from Willem Dafoe. And when the job is done, Stone doesn't officially get his due. The president (Peter Strauss) knows, just like the studio heads of yesteryear knew, who saved America (Hollywood). Expand
  4. Jan 21, 2015
    6
    This is really good action schlock. If you like The Fast And The Furious and movies like that, this is for you. They've even got some good jokes mixed in, which is a bit of a rarity for movies like this.
  5. 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.
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.