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By Sarah L. Thomson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Jolie's high-tech thriller falls flat.

Movie PG-13 1995 105 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Good vs Evil in the computer world

Common sense missed the premise of this movie and the positive messages it has in their review. The movie is about computer skills being used for good and for evil and the good over coming the evil. There's team work and loyalty in the friendship of these kids. There's consequences for legal conviction. Dade has to wrestle with doing something he loves and leaning the boundaries. There is some sexual content and foul language, beware. It's a fun movie that shows there is a world of good and evil in the computer industry and not everyone with "hacker skills" is evil.
age 14+

A good cheesy 1990s movie about computer hacking, that has the premise of a strong 90s culture & styles.

Though PG-13, it does contain some sexual themes. In one scene you can see a brief moment of Angelina Jolie breasts. There's lots of swearing and one use of the F word. Some teens throughout the movie drink and smoke cigarettes.

This title has:

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

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This attempt at cyberpunk suspense never gets any traction. Leaden scriptwriting, expressionless acting, and a startling lack of suspense leave HACKERS less than thrilling. The plot trickles along at a snail's pace, and the actors seem to be competing to see who can speak in the slowest monotone. Plague may well be the most whiny supervillain in the history of film; neither he nor a hapless FBI agent (obviously a bad guy since he can't speak computer lingo fluently) provide any real sense of menace.

The romantic subplot is equally flat, with lots of long, supposed-to-be smoldering looks between Dade and Kate to make up for the lack of either chemistry or interesting dialogue. Attempts at coolness only look contrived, and the high-tech edge is considerably blunted by the passage of time. (What, no wireless?) Posturing, silly, and above all, dull.

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