Exit Wounds

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Very violent honest-cop corruption story.
  • R
  • 2001
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


Extreme and prolonged violence, some very graphic.


Erotic nude dancing in night club.


Very strong language, including the "N" word (in soundtrack).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters deal in drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie is very violent, with graphic injuries and the death of at least one major character. There is also the obligatory nightclub scene with erotic topless dancers smearing something all over each other. Characters use strong language and there is even stronger language in the soundtrack, including repeated use of the n-word.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byIT 2 March 16, 2020


i don't think anyone under 17 should be watching this as it is a very strong horror.
Adult Written byPres December 27, 2019
Teen, 16 years old Written byDonny A October 9, 2016

This violent crime thriller is definitely not for kids

My rating: R for some violence and strong language througjput
Teen, 17 years old Written byoctober1985 July 8, 2009
I am a Steven Seagal fan and this was a good comeback movie for him(though after this his career went to hell). It's a good movie and is almost as good as... Continue reading

What's the story?

Seagal plays a break-the-rules cop who takes on a whole team of commandos to save the vice president and then gets dressed down by his commanding officer ("You don't follow orders! You're unmanageable!") and assigned to the toughest precinct in town as punishment. He even gets put on traffic duty and sent to anger management class by the gorgeous precinct commander. But somehow, wherever he goes, trouble finds him.

Is it any good?

Steven Seagal is definitely in "Fat Elvis" mode in EXIT WOUNDS, a color-by-numbers honest-cop against corruption story. Seagal has aged since his "Under Siege" days, and he now does more shooting than kicking. The movie tries to help him out with a lot of support from talented co-stars. Rapper DMX has a very strong screen presence, though it wavers when he has to say more than a dozen words at a time. It is always a pleasure to see Isaiah Washington, who deserves a leading role the next time around. Michael Jai White makes the most of his brief time on screen.

Tom Arnold and Anthony Anderson (quickly becoming the movies' favorite fat funny sidekick) are there to provide comic relief. Their raunchy improvised dialogue that accompanies the credits is one of the movie's high points. The low point is certainly the plot, which has logic holes big enough for Seagal, Arnold, and Anderson to jump through, followed by the dialogue, which is pretty much cut and pasted from a dozen other scripts of this genre. The title is just a menacing term that has nothing whatsoever to do with the story, further evidence that no one involved really cares very much about this movie.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about real-life cases of police corruption and the temptations presented to people who risk their lives for low pay and little thanks. They may also want to talk about how we decide whom we will trust, and what happens when that trust is violated, and about "anger management" and how it works.

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