Movie review by
Sarah L. Thomson, Common Sense Media
Hackers Movie Poster Image
Jolie's high-tech thriller falls flat.
  • PG-13
  • 1995
  • 105 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

Computer hacking. The creation of destructive viruses is celebrated.


Suggestive dancing; explicit sexual fantasies.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Smoking and some drinking; no consequences.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's a little drinking, a fair amount of smoking, and some quite explicit sexual fantasies in this film. The anti-authoritarian culture of computer hacking is glorified, and little distinction is made between harmless pranks and destructive viruses.

User Reviews

Adult Written byRick S. December 8, 2010

Has mixed messages, yes, but the overall theme is positive.

Good film. I find it odd that the "Common Sense" profile for this film states that the film supports "The creation of destructive viruses is cele... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byNetvorMcWolf October 19, 2015

Content Review, "Pretty good movie in my opinion"

!Very small amount of spoilers! Review: The movie is pretty good... Kinda liked it Sexy Stuff: Girl and a boy kissing on a bed while the protagonist and his... Continue reading

What's the story?

Super-hacker Dade Murphy (Jonny Lee Miller), infamous for his creation of a destructive virus at age eleven, has just moved to New York City. A high school senior, Dade wins the respect of a group of teenage hackers and struggles to start a romance with sexy Kate (Angelina Jolie). When a member of the crowd hacks into a corporate computer system, Dade and his friends draw the attention of the FBI and of "Plague," a former hacker turned corporate security officer. Plague launches a virus designed to create oil spills and frame the kids while covering up his own multi-million dollar scam. The teens (with help from hackers everywhere) must dash to stop the virus, unmask Plague's villainy, and keep themselves out of jail.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about computer hacking and the ethics of the online world. Should information be shared freely or controlled? How would you feel if somebody hacked into your computer or if a virus damaged your files? This might be an opportunity to find out what your kid thinks about common activities like downloading music -- is it wrong to shoplift something from a store but okay to download music without permission?

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