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75
Without Costner's movie star equity, this thing could have fallen apart in the first 30 minutes. He keeps us involved, even as we're thinking: Wait, WHAT just happened?
63
Daft and sloppy as it is, 3 Days rarely fails to entertain.
63
Like Liam Neeson's "Taken" series, Costner's 3 Days to Kill finds its absentee-dad action hero facing off against hordes of goons and gorillas - not to rescue his loved ones, but to prove himself to them, and maybe get a little extra quality time, too.
60
It's all absurd in a way that is typical Besson. But it's also undeniably entertaining, and it marks a relatively pain-free way to kill, if not three days, at least a couple of hours.
58
The film's tone is wildly uneven.
50
McG may strip down his approach and serve up a variety of slick, well-paced shoot-outs and car chases, but his technical skill can't quite overcome the story's lazy sense of humor and incomprehensible account of international espionage.
50
3 Days to Kill is a comic variation on the "Taken" movies, which Besson also co-wrote and produced, starring Liam Neeson as a daughter-rescuing spy.
50
Although it's not impossible to mix humor and violence, as “Midnight Run” proves, it isn't easy - as 3 Days to Kill proves. Points for effort all the way around, and welcome back, Costner. Let's hope things get better from here.
50
Costner responds by bringing an easy integrity and seemingly effortless humanity to his part. And hence making a messy, meandering and silly movie rather more watchable than it deserves to be.
50
Actually, the only truly obnoxious thing about 3 Days to Kill is that the violent scenes are more congenial than the family scenes, because the teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) here is presented as a sour, nasty brat.
38
The result is a convoluted mess that has one good twist and two good car chases. But it's hardly enough to bring this spy flick in from the cold.
25
Besson provided the story and co-wrote the screenplay for a film directed by McG, who does his usual McGhastly job with action and is McGruesome when it comes to comedy.
25
3 Days to Kill is pretty terrible, but it's not really Kevin Costner's fault.
20
It only comes alive when the star briefly shows the casual looseness that once was his calling card.

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