Parents' Guide to

Jack Reacher

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Serviceable but forgettable Cruise thriller is very violent.

Movie PG-13 2012 130 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 18+


I saw no mention in the reviews of the multiple mentions of rape and sexual violence that start early on in this movie. Having a character tell a man who faces prison "I hope you get passed around until they can't tell your fart from a yawn", and describing a "rape spree with women aged 11 to 55" to me makes the movie unacceptable for children. This site should consider adding a category of sexual violence for general tracking purposes, as it is a particularly disturbing and dangerous brand of violence for young, impressionable minds.
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age 18+

pg-13 What the heck!!!

Now this was a very good movie with a good plot and good action scenes but is BRUTAL (Jabbing a mans eye out finger seen in socket, Killing a young girl by chocking,Murder of 5 inoccent people one holding child,torture,point blank shooting of an old man in the head, making someone bite fingers off then shooting them in head, fist fights) it is very violent but then againg that is what we came to see Tom Cruise kick some people dead

This title has:

Too much violence
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (43):

This movie is muscley but ultimately forgettable entertainment. The story in Jack Reacher has enough twists to keep viewers interested, and Cruise playing stoic, confident, and extremely competent is always watchable. Plus, there are a few set pieces that are good fun. (Watch as Cruise, weary and wary, takes on five punks after warning them they're in for more than they expect -- no spoiler, he wasn't lying.)

But the film lacks momentum. It moves quickly through the action sequences and then too slowly as Cruise and Pike knit together the clues. The villains, led by a shadowy Russian, are generically evil, yet their motivation is unclear. Pike in particular has little to do other than look anxious in her damsel-in-distress role. And the movie seems indulgently violent. Besides the extended opening sequence of one murder after another, there are plenty of other sequences that leave both men and women battered, bloody, and broken. In short, Jack Reacher works as a serviceable thriller, but a masterpiece of the genre? Now that's a reach.

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