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XXX


"With a voice that sounds like gravel and biceps almost as big as his self-regard, Mr. Diesel bestrides the screen like a giant. He's all charisma and disaffection. And he manages to deliver every single line as if he didn't care...Where 'XXX' does do something radical is in having two men of color as catalysts for the action...seeing Mr. Diesel and Mr. Jackson take center stage is heartening--and truly the mark of a new era...'XXX' isn't exactly a movie--it's more like the world's biggest reset button." --

Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

"Diesel--whose range of expression pushes Sylvester Stallone up closer to John Gielgud on the evolutionary scale of thespians--is being courted as a catch, a brand to invest in...People! People, wake up before it's too late!...Triple-X/Vin Diesel is a golem, an automaton, a man of clay! Run, run for your lives!...Even in the summertime, the most restless young audience deserves the dignity of an action hero motivated by something more than franchise possibilities. Movies like 'XXX'--a big 000--don't deserve our $$$." --Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"Diesel himself has the personality of a golem and a knack for dialogue delivery that suggests recent oral surgery." --Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

"With a star named Vin Diesel and a title like 'XXX,' the last thing you'd think this James-Bond-for-the-extreme-sports-generation enterprise would do is take itself too seriously, but that seems to be what's happened...fun is something this film surprisingly lacks...More busy than exciting, more frantic than involving, more chaotic than entertaining, 'XXX' is primed to be the latest success story in Hollywood's 'Sensation of the Week' sweepstakes, but that doesn't make it a happy experience." --Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

"In its own punk way, 'XXX' is as good as a good Bond movie, and that's saying something...Diesel's gruff, monosyllabic style is refreshing as a counterpoint to the gung-ho action, and the romantic scenes with the beautiful Yelena consist of two kisses, because Xander has a world to save...Is 'XXX' a threat to the Bond franchise? Not a threat so much as a salute... Now all he has to work on is the kissing." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"As junky as the movie is, you've gotta love its immersion in the preposterous and its naive hope that street credibility and attitude, along with a need for speed, are all that's really necessary in this big, bad world...Everything in this sure-to-be-a-hit is outsize, beginning with the trunklike neck that braces Diesel's big, bald head." -- Jami Bernard, The New York Daily News

"...an often successful attempt to update the James Bond formula for today's adolescent boys by pumping it up with steroids, adding tattoos and hip music, and by divesting the secret agent hero of all that posh, adult stuff like tuxedos, verbal dexterity and sexual promiscuity...the dialogue of 'XXX' is often so atrocious, it's impossible to deliver with anything resembling conviction...With no sex but lots of bone-crunching violence, the movie seems aimed at an audience that's less interested in girls than in gadgetry, explosions and steroidal machismo." --Jonathan Foreman, The New York Post