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This Means War (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 121
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 90

A career lowlight for all three of its likable stars, This Means War is loud, clumsily edited, and neither romantic nor funny.

24

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 26

A career lowlight for all three of its likable stars, This Means War is loud, clumsily edited, and neither romantic nor funny.

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Movie Info

The world's deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman. Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever - each other. -- (C) Fox

$19.2M

Twentieth Century Fox

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All Critics (121) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (90)

"This Means War" is the worst McG film yet. And good Lord, that is saying something.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comments (2)
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The best you can say about This Means War is that it would make a good date movie for couples in the witness protection program.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comment
Christian Science Monitor
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Slides by on the strength of Tom Hardy.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comment
Film.com
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And we have our first lock for the Worst of the Year list.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comment
Richard Roeper.com
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Not even cutie-pie Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon can hold our attention for long in this ridiculous, bombastic romance.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment
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You can imagine how the ball got rolling on "This Means War.'' You can also imagine how the folks who rolled the ball started to lose their minds.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comment (1)
Boston Globe
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a frothy romp of a popcorn flick brightened by witty writing and a cast that get laughs by expertly playing it straight with a plausibly implausible plot.

February 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Comment
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A trio of talent makes this rom com much better than it should be

February 20, 2012 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Comment

The cast deserves better and certainly audiences do as well.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Comment
Three Movie Buffs

Three fun stars seem to be enjoying the ride in this fast-paced romantic romp.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Comment
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

As for the resolution of the romantic triangle angle ... well, let's just say that the filmmakers would have been hard-pressed to come up with a worst ending.

February 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Comment
Creative Loafing

I didn't want either of the two guys to earn her affections. They're both superficial jerks - an opinion that didn't change throughout the entire film.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Comment
ABC Radio Brisbane

Guns fire. Cars careen. Paintballs hit crotches. Reese Witherspoon bugs her eyes. Chris Pine acts like an ass. Tom Hardy looks disinterested. Repeat. Vomit.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Comment
Suite101.com

While the premise had potential, the execution leaves a lot to be desired and strands three charismatic performers up on the screen trying to make something of it. They don't. (Parental Movie Review also available)

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen It! | Comment
Screen It!

Pine and Hardy have about as much chemistry going on as a high school where all the science teachers are out sick.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Flixist.com | Comment

Witherspoon is a delight and those new franchise guys (Pine with Trek 2, Hardy the upcoming Dark Knight sequel) make engaging frenemies.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: E! Online | Comment (1)
E! Online

Judging by the evidence, it isn't easy making a good romantic comedy, even if it has a high-concept premise like this one...

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks | Comment
Leonard Maltin's Picks

It takes a special kind of ignorance to make Tom Hardy boring, to make Chris Pine unlikable, and to make Reese Witherspoon unattractive.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Twitch | Comment

The boneheaded, humorless This Means War cranks out clich�s with such frequency that it easily qualifies as an early contender for the most awful film of 2012.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Comment

It's an absurdly bright, peppy affair that's clearly been test-screened to death in order to find the "perfect" balance of action and romance.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Comment
Film School Rejects

This means wah?

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Comment
Boston Herald

I guess we should call this a spy-comedy-action-romance. Or just call it what it is: dreadful.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Comment
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Audience Reviews for This Means War

The star power trifecta works on saving it from being godawful, but it comes nowhere close to saving This Means War from being a shamelessly silly excuse for an action-romantic comedy genre blend.

December 31, 2011
Tyler Christian

Super Reviewer

Pleasantly surprised by this - it really looked ghastly from the previews. And don't get me wrong, the spy stuff was - nonsensical and like watching a music video. That this movie actually works is down to Reese. She is actually quite funny here and the movie is best on her scenes (luckily that's a lot of it). Some

February 17, 2012
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