Parents' Guide to

Bullet to the Head

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Over-the-top violence, nudity, drugs in dark Stallone movie.

Movie R 2013 91 minutes
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this movie is 1,000 times better than parker

this movie is what parker should've looked like, just nonstop balls to the wall action, bullet to the head is a badass guy's flick

Is It Any Good?

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BULLET TO THE HEAD's strength is certainly not in the writing. Nothing in this story feels fresh, and it falls back on clumsy exposition, questionable morals, bad cross-cultural jokes, and general sloppiness. Director Walter Hill (The Warriors) is an old-school legend, a maker of rough-and-tumble, tough-guy action movies and genre pictures, usually involving cops, criminals, boxers, soldiers, and cowboys. In his first teaming with Stallone, the tone of the filmmaking comes to match that of the main character: jaded, grim, and ruthless.

Conversely, the movie's pleasures (for mature action aficionados, anyway) are purely visual: The violence is outrageous, extra noisy, and extra bloody. Wild parties are filled with crazy costumes, topless women, and heavy drinking, and characters come with tattoos and walking sticks. Fights take place in empty warehouses, bathhouses, and bars. Through it all, Hill knows exactly how to pace the movie for maximum visceral punch. It's a throwback to old-fashioned pulp filmmaking, and it works.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 1, 2013
  • On DVD or streaming: July 16, 2013
  • Cast: Jason Momoa, Sung Kang, Sylvester Stallone
  • Director: Walter Hill
  • Inclusion Information: Indigenous actors, Polynesian/Pacific Islander actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Run time: 91 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use
  • Last updated: June 2, 2023

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