Parents' Guide to

9 Bullets

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent, faith-tinged thriller has little saving grace.

Movie NR 2022 91 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Nine Bullets of Worthlessness.

Another example of what it seems we can expect from wannabe moviemakers (Gigi Gaston) who looks like she grew up watching third-rate movies by trendy low-lives. It can’t get much worse than this movie re-tread of several other films, which at least, treated the now overly-familiar theme with more conviction. It’s also surprising Sam Worthington accepted this poor excuse for writing --unless of course, he didn’t bother to read the script-- from here on, he now risks being labeled Sam Worthless. A scant story about a jaded stripper (dances to Silent Night, how jaded can you get!) taking the child victim of a gangland family murder on a road trip, to find someone to plant him with - is ludicrously fraught with grotty situations and swear-fest, ultra-cheap dialogue. No one comes off in any way well from this trashy entry. These cheap productions made by little-talented moviemakers, simply place a few well-known names in sub-standard material, then pad out scenes with boring pop songs and convoluted editing, substituting for any solid story, then foolishly expect audiences not to be appalled. Take a look at the endless viewer bagging and begin to show them more respect, before losing them altogether. A stinker in every sense.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

There's irony in the fact that a film that's ostensibly about redemption has no redeeming value. One thing that's (sort of) original? Gypsy is a stripper who has to find her heart of gold. She's initially inhumanly selfish. When she discovers Sam hiding in her house after watching his family get slaughtered in front of his eyes, covered in blood, she lets him know that the killers are after him, too, and then tries to stick him on a bus with no supervision. It's heartless and makes no sense, nor do any of the choices made by any of the characters.

The script is incomprehensibly bad, but what's most disturbing is that it's not just poorly constructed, it's poorly intended. Every skeevy, repugnant idea that you don't want to see on the screen is here -- and just when you think the imagery can't get worse, it does. Like a gun put to the head of a small dog. Or a baby dying on-screen. Or Gypsy having sex with a despicable killer to save the lives of those in her care, and then being shown to really, really enjoy it. And then there's the fact that the locations on Gypsy and Sam's journey don't match a logical route from Los Angeles to North Dakota. Or the idea that Gypsy went to Princeton, but when we see her manuscript, she writes about the pain of "loosing a child." Looking at the big-name talent involved with the production (Barbara Hershey! Sam Worthington! Diane Warren!) of 9 Bullets indicates that someone involved with the project is good at writing ... writing checks, that is.

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