'This Means War' Critic Reviews

75%
MovieWeb:   6 reviews
26%
Rotten Tomatoes:   172 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    This Means War may have been hammered together by brute Hollywood force, but there's this going for it: It's game to throw in anything that'll keep the motor running.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Would be perfectly acceptable watched on the back of an airline seat or at home while you're doing housework.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    All sorts of laugh-free and unrelaxed shenanigans.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    McG can't seem to decide whether he's making a spy action flick with romance interspersed or a rom-com peppered with action.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Proves to be little more than the canned Spam of the movie world - bland, over-processed and cheap, even when it's spending millions engulfing highways in balls of ludicrous flame.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    25
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    By the time an extended epilogue brings back the characters that you've presumably fallen in love with for a curtain call, it only works as a chance for a head start to the parking lot.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    The kind of rom-com that insults its primary audience and panders to their dates, "War" is depressingly mean-spirited.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Moore Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    It's a brisk sprint over familiar ground with just enough appeal to action addicts and romantic-comedy lovers to amuse fans of both genres.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    30
    A droopy love triangle seriously short on sexual chemistry, not to mention the kind of playful self-awareness that can spice up even the blandest romantic comedy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Not a distinguished addition to director McG's oeuvre.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The director is McG, who allows no motion to pass without a musical energy boost.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    38
    If there's anything I hate more than a stupid action comedy, it's an incompetent stupid action comedy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    Note to Witherspoon: This Means War is the sort of consumer product you're supposed to test before you win an Academy Award, not after.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Pine, who expertly approximated William Shatner in the Star Trek reboot, seems to have picked up some of the actor's air of self-serious buffoonery, and it suits him well.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    Hardy is raffishly charming. But you don't send a grenade to do a feather's job. Which is exactly the mistake that McG, director of this earsplitting, hyperbolic love triangle, makes.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    13
    "This Means War" is the worst McG film yet. And good Lord, that is saying something.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    If you want some nice light yuks, "This Means War" should do the trick.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    Oh, it's OK, but you would think that with Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy on board for a romantic comedy, some sparks would fly.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    0
    Not even Ms. Witherspoon can save it. It is, however, high time she started thinking about saving herself -- and what's left of her film career.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    This screwball premise lives or dies by the chemistry between Pine and Hardy, who are too busy trying to out-appeal one another to make the buddy dynamic click.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    0
    Nearly totally laugh-, chemistry- and coherence-free, this fiasco from the director of "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle'' has a script whose sensible parts would fit on a napkin with enough room left over for the Gettysburg Address.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    Not even cutie-pie Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon can hold our attention for long in this ridiculous, bombastic romance.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    50
    Slides by on the strength of Tom Hardy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    It's a bad sign when a film which aims only for froth can't achieve more than moments of embarrassment, punctuated with sporadic agitation.
    Full Review » 2 years ago