Cradle 2 the Grave
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A thief and a lawman join forces to hunt down a common enemy in this action thriller. Tony Fait (DMX) is a master thief who, along with his crew (Gabrielle Union, Anthony Anderson, and Drag-On), pulls off a major score when they steal a cache of highly valuable black diamonds. However, the hard-as-nails Tony has a soft spot for his young daughter Vanessa (Paige Hurd), and Ling (Mark Dacascos), a former detective turned ruthless criminal, kidnaps Vanessa, demanding a ransom from Tony for her return -- the stash of black diamonds. The jewels have already been stolen, however, from Tony's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[DMX] acts like he raps -- in fits and starts, with heaps of ruff growling. Li barely has enough lines to qualify for a SAG card."
‑ Jon Caramanica, Village Voice
"A secondhand action movie that retreads all the tired staples of the 1980s and '90s."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"While it aspires to be cinematic junk food, the picture is relentlessly moronic, eschewing B-movie thrills to wallow in Z-movie production achievements."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Absurdity is one of Cradle 2 the Grave's two fatal flaws. The other is predictability."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"Unlike many films of this genre, it has a plot that makes sense and it has characters that are least defined, if not developed."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"This is just a horrible film, waste of time. Please, please avoid it."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"It's saying something when Tom Arnold's performance is among the movie's highlights."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"A mess. Don't try to make it make sense."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"You'll have to check your brain at the door, but as long as you remember to pick it up on the way out, you should be fine."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"A movie about stealing pricey diamonds rather than strutting around in them, it pits ghetto jewel thieves against martial arts secret agents and high-stakes shopaholics."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"If all this leaves viewers more drained than exhilarated, that's the nature of this particular beast."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"In Cradle 2 the Grave, producer Joel Silver returns with gusto to the mix of martial arts action and urban attitude that proved so potent in Romeo Must Die."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"When the film features a steel cage brawl between Li and a gaggle of Ultimate Fighting Champions, an ATV chase with DMX, and a kick-ass girlfight between Kelly Hu and Gabrielle Union, enduring the dreck is a relatively small price to pay."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Cradle 2 the Grave will rock you into a deadly stupor."
‑ Terri Clark, Apollo Guide
"...gratuitous violence at its most sublimely ridiculous."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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