'xXx' Critic Reviews

80%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   177 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    17
    Even in the summertime, the most restless young audience deserves the dignity of an action hero motivated by something more than franchise possibilities.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Elvis Mitchell New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    This is perhaps the silliest movie ever to certify the arrival of a major star since, well, The Fast and the Furious, the last Cohen-Diesel collaboration.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    Vin may not yet be a Bond, or a Terminator, or even Conan the Barbarian. But he's got presence and charisma.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    The director piles on one expensive but impersonal action scene after another.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Watching [Diesel] ... is a lot more fun than staying with the ever-feebler Pierce Brosnan in his decrepit adventures as MGM tries desperately to keep the creaking Bond franchise upright.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Essentially a dumb guy's day in Heaven.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    The racially ambiguous Diesel cuts a fine action figure. He has the glacial swagger left over from his bouncer days and looks as if he's been bench-pressing Sylvester Stallone since he was 12.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Michael Atkinson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Plotted like a first-person shooter but with vast savannahs of unidimensional exposition between the tar-oil fireballs and improbable stunts.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Bruce Westbrook Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    42
    For all its alleged youthful fire, XXX is no less subservient to Bond's tired formula of guns, girls and gadgets while brandishing a new action hero.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Gary Dowell Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    59
    A hoot to watch so long as you don't pick at the plot holes or forget to suspend your disbelief.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Steven Rosen Denver Post (Top Critic)
    50
    The pretensions -- and disposable story -- sink the movie. And Diesel isn't the actor to save it.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    In its own punk way, XXX is as good as a good Bond movie, and that's saying something.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Suit #1: Sold. OK, set up the product placements. Call Motorola for a video cell phone doohickey. And have MTV play preview programs and ads on the hour.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    It's got the brawn, but not the brains.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    Now I know what XXX stands for:Xtremely Xcruciating Xperience.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    The first of doubtless several editions of XXX is ideally tuned to young guys with short attention spans who fantasize alternately about big guns and hot babes.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Jonathan Foreman New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Unfortunately, its efforts to pander to this pubescent demographic are often laughable.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    It's more fun than The Sum of All Fears, sexier than Mission: Impossible, gutsier and more macho than the wan Bourne Identity.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    40
    Rather than 'a new breed of secret agent,' the makers of XXX have created a dumber version of Rambo, and I have just one question: YYY?
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Ultimately, this is a movie as generic as its title.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    In XXX, Diesel is that rare creature -- an action hero with table manners, and one who proves that elegance is more than tattoo deep.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    This is action without tension, explosions without the concussion.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • David Hunter Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Pitifully written, with flagrant disregard for reality in the fashion of a spoof.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    50
    Cohen ... loads the film with pow.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    More busy than exciting, more frantic than involving, more chaotic than entertaining.
    Full Review » 12 years ago