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By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gory vigilante political thriller for adults only.

Movie R 2007 124 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 15+

Pulpy mildy fun thriller

Blood is briefly shown staining a window when a heli pilot is shot. 3 heads are sgot at the end. 2 are considerably goopy. One man has his arm shot off. Fairly bloody but not over the top. A man is shot with a shotgun in the chest, blood spalters on the door behind him. A soldier is shot in the head with an smg, we see blood stain the wall behind him. A man is shot twice in the chest and finished off in the head (some blood). A little blood at the very end during a vendetta assassination/break in. A couple other bloodless shootings, protagonist tends to a bloody wound in him. 10 F words.
age 15+

freakin awesome crime action thriller lol

shooter gets an instant 10, lots of bloody action, lots of gore, and lots of suspense, shooter will have you on the edge of your seat

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (21 ):

With a name like SHOOTER, you wouldn't expect this political thriller to be sedate and dignified. But you also might not anticipate the extent and graphicness of the movie's violence -- or its unrelentingly depressing message. Over-the-top violence aside, Shooter is determined to sell viewers on the belief that the U.S. government is rotten to the core. By the time Senator Charles F. Meachum (Ned Beatty) says "There's always a confused soul who thinks one man can make a difference, and you have to kill him to convince him otherwise," viewers aren't surprised -- they're nauseated.

That's not to say there aren't fun things about Shooter. It's like a combination of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, MacGyver, Syriana, and Rambo. People who love shoot-em-ups, explosions, and car crashes will be in heaven (no pun intended). And Pena is a standout as the sharp-minded recent academy graduate. He provides the heart in this otherwise bloody-but-heartless film.

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