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70
Film Threat
The biggest strength of Cradle 2 the Grave is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
When you pay good money to see an action movie, it's understood that you want it to be action-packed. You do not want it to be action-enhanced or action-flavoured or featuring accents of action.
50
Even throwing in a spunky fight between female sidekicks (Gabrielle Union and Kelly Hu) isn't enough to float this film over clumsy dialogue and the feeling we've seen it before.
50
Chicago Sun-Times
The film itself is on autopilot and overdrive at the same time: It does nothing original, but does it very rapidly.
50
Between the off-center comic riffs of Tom Arnold and the wildly improbable hair's-breadth escapes, the whole business dissolves into amiable action farce.
38
Each actor does his own thing for his own audience demographic.
38
Charlotte Observer
I also wondered how the movie got the title Cradle 2 the Grave. Nobody used the phrase; it didn't apply to any characters; it didn't even turn up in a song. Maybe the filmmakers were saving "Rotten 2 the Core" for the sequel.
30
Washington Post
A secondhand action movie that retreads all the tired staples of the 1980s and '90s.
30
The cinematographer-turned-director likes his MTV-style editing so much that in his drive for hyperkinetic overkill he sacrifices coherence to wallow in barely contained chaos.
25
New York Daily News
Overall the tone is dark and nasty, exemplified by the inelegant signature kung-fu move of the good guys -- a backward kick to the groin.

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