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Parents' Guide to

Swordfish

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Cool explosions are the best thing here.

Movie R 2001 99 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Jackman is almost convincing...lots of explosions.

A VERY convoluted plot that you want to get into and want to follow and then you give up and watch thing after thing go boom. The acting is hanging by a thread, as is the plot....boom. Although Jackman manages to make it somewhat convincing and then boom something else explodes.
age 15+

Shallow guilty pleasure

The movie makes no sense. No more violent than Marvel. 30 f words. Topless Halle Berry and the bizzare use of oral sex as torture. Fun.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

If attitude and very cool explosions were enough to make a movie worthwhile, then this one would win an Oscar. But movies generally require something along the lines of characters and plot, and there this movie lets us down. The dialogue is supposed to be hip and sardonic, but it is just third-rate Tarantino. Swordfish tries for a vibe that is cool, amoral, and ambiguous, but what it gets is a vibe that is manipulative and insincere.

Jackman and Berry do their best with criminally underwritten parts, but Travolta never makes us believe that his character has two dimensions, much less three. All that's left are the explosions and chases which are well handled, but we care so little about the outcome that they barely matter.

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