Parents' Guide to

The Tax Collector

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Vivid crime movie done in by dull story, extreme violence.

Movie NR 2020 95 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+


even though the acting is bad it delivers good shows a lot about loyalty and that's what my kids need to learn despite the movie having pretty graphic violence
age 13+

Kids can watch

Ok so it says women are toppless and no they are not.One woman is shown taking a top off but it cuts scenes!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Despite its vivid L.A. backdrop and its interesting, dedicated performances, this crime drama is both too wearily familiar and too unrelentingly vicious to really succeed. After the dull thud of his movies Suicide Squad and Bright, director David Ayer returns to the streets with The Tax Collector, bringing along LaBeouf, who worked on Ayer's excellent Fury. LaBeouf reportedly got real tattoos for the role, but unfortunately, Creeper doesn't have much to do other than act psychotic and misogynistic. That kind of detail, which also includes LaBeouf's cauliflower ears and the sign language used by Uncle Louis and David, promises a much richer movie than what we actually get.

The plot of The Tax Collector consists of ancient elements from any number of action-adventures and Westerns; there's hardly a surprise in sight. And because things feel so manufactured, the performers, who do seem to be trying, tend to be stifled. They end up slavishly serving the story, rather than emerging as living, breathing characters. Even the slo-mo showdown feels just a little too tired, except for the insane levels of blood and violence. And given that so much of that is directed toward women, the movie moves past thrills and into cringeworthy territory.

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