Parents' Guide to

Honest Thief

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Lean, entertaining, but violent Neeson revenge/action movie.

Movie PG-13 2020 99 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

Ok movie. Watched it based off of reviews. Language is stronger than what reviews suggests. What's not stated is there is one use of F***
age 10+

Great movie has less violence then suspected!

This movie is the best and has one of the best actors (one of the favorite), Liam Neeson! This movie surprisingly has less violence than normal Liam Neeson movies! Violence: Fighting and guns though there is only two scenes where they actually shoot the guns, once when they are in the house and they shoot a fbi cop (which I would advise to skip) and when there is a car chase, the "bad" people shoot at the car though nothing happens, and a house blowing up with nobody inside. Language: the language is in frequent but contains two s-words and one use of god also one muffled f-word that kids could probably not hear unless they were trying really hard to hear. I think that an 10 or 11 yr old can handle this movie (It has way less violence than any marvels or mission impossibles), as been said I think that you should skip one scene, the scene is placed in a house where two fake cops are pointing a gun at liam neeson and then an fbi agent comes in the house and says wait whats going on... after that like two seconds later the fake cop shoots the fbi agent in the chest and there is some red mist for 1 second and then liam neeson runs to the Boston police station, if you want to see this scene for yourself then look at the trailer. This is probably the most violent scene of the whole movie and I would advise you to ask your son to look away. Otherwise its just shooting guns at cars (Which result win nothing). Great movie and as I said I think a 10 or 11 yr old can handle this! Thanks for listening to my review!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Simple and effective, this action/revenge movie races along on the most basic, primal emotions, and, thanks to the unpretentious performances, is so "honest" that it's easy to forgive its silliness. In Honest Thief, Neeson once again capitalizes on the unique blend of lovable everyman and dangerous tough guy that's made him an action star, perhaps not unlike the early days of Charles Bronson. Tom's meet-cute with Annie is as adorable as his snarly line reading of "I'm comin' fer you" is exhilarating. Walsh is a good match for him, funny and spunky (her character's dire fate is the movie's one sour note).

Ramos is also appealing as an FBI agent whose conscience catches up with him, and Robert Patrick is likable as a trusting senior FBI man. (Courtney's one-note bad guy is a weak spot, but he still pulls it off in a brutish, brick-hard way.) The movie's best touch is Jeffrey Donovan as a good, wry, unflappable FBI agent who's inherited his wife's dog in their divorce and ends up bringing the dog on his investigation. At the helm, director Mark Williams keeps up a decent pace for a trim 99 minutes, and Honest Thief never takes itself too seriously. It's one of the lightest and most unapologetically entertaining movies of Neeson's career, and it may just steal your heart.

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