Cradle 2 the Grave
Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: February 28, 2003
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2003
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dumb and by-the-numbers, but serviceable.

Jon Caramanica
Village Voice

[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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A secondhand action movie that retreads all the tired staples of the 1980s and '90s.

Brian Orndorf

While it aspires to be cinematic junk food, the picture is relentlessly moronic, eschewing B-movie thrills to wallow in Z-movie production achievements.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

This is just a horrible film, waste of time. Please, please avoid it.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

It's saying something when Tom Arnold's performance is among the movie's highlights.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A mess. Don't try to make it make sense.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

If all this leaves viewers more drained than exhilarated, that's the nature of this particular beast.

David Rooney

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.

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Michael Dequina

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
When cinematographers turn their hand to directing, the films that result often look appealing but lack the substance or storytelling skill of the films which… More
Candy Rose
This movie is like Rush Hour without the comedy. Good action movie. Jet is a cop from Taiwan who has come to the US to retrieve black diamonds that were stolen… More
Eugene Bernabe
It may boast more conventional action sequences and Jet Li's combative performance, but Cradle 2 the Grave is just another simplistic and poignant… More
Dan Schultz
Saw enough of it to say IT SUCKS
Chris Weber
Even when I first saw this, I felt it kind of hard to buy that a common thief and an Asian law enforcment officer would team up to fight a common enem, but… More
Dean McKenna
Jet Li and DMX are amazing in their well-crafted, hard-working action flick. The stunts are inventive, including bike chases and martial arts fights.