'Hanna' Critic Reviews

75%
MovieWeb:   11 reviews
71%
Rotten Tomatoes:   214 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    50
    While the sum of its parts do not add up, Saoirse Ronan shines brightly in this film.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    A picture-book story about complicated daddies, wicked stepmothers, and daughters who learn to be brave in the dark woods.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    In the end there might not be much to this tale other than titillation, but there's plenty to be said for Ms. Ronan, who was the best thing about "Atonement" and holds her ground against forceful screen presences like Ms. Blanchett and Mr. Bana.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    The body count is phenomenal and the overall effect polished, weightless and unmemorable.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    After a strongish start, the film doesn't so much sag as utterly collapse - each audience member will feel like someone who has flung himself into a hammock that isn't tied at either end.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Too concerned with looking adult than being mature, and that's a death sentence for an action wannabe.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Is it a great movie? No. Nagging questions and plot holes start appearing the minute the endorphins and adrenaline wear off. But it isn't a bad one, either.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    There is not a single moment in the new film that is not striking or smartly put together or just plain considered. Wright leaves nothing to chance. I don't know that there's a better way to smother a movie.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Eric Hynes Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Despite its 21st-century trappings and proto-feminist protagonist, Hanna strangely reverts to reactionary politics as usual.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    The forced coming-of-age parable that filmmaker Joe Wright laces with fairy-tale symbolism is heavy-handed from the get-go.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John Anderson Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    "Hanna" is, on a certain level, ridiculous. But the way Mr. Wright conjures his images and parcels out his narrative is hypnotic and so seductive that wherever the film is heading we want to follow.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Gary Dowell Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    A chase-thriller for the art-house crowd, Hanna is brisk, satisfying and often surprising.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    "Hanna" plays out as a visceral fairy tale about a naif discovering a world both fascinating and dangerous.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    60
    The surprising thing about Hanna is that for the first hour and change, it kind of makes you like the bill of goods it's selling...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    What keeps us hooked is Ronan, a young actress of seemingly limitless abilities, and the tension she creates between Hanna's inhumanly agile body and quizzical eyes, which turn cold only when she pulls the trigger.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    An entertainingly nutty action thriller from the director Joe Wright.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Wright combines his two genres into a stylish exercise that perversely includes some sentiment and insight.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    "Hanna" presents the problem of the well-made diversion that is, at its core, repellent.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Because they have nothing to gain from this, logic would dictate that they just stay put, but then the movie couldn't turn into a live-action video game with a preteen piling up bodies like Rambo.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    Hanna rocks.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    The film is an uneven affair, good enough that you wish it had fully succeeded.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    42
    Saoirse Ronan is a talented young actress who tends to be better than the movies she's in. And that tendency holds true with "Hanna," an unsteady thriller that staggers when it should sprint.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    It's Ronan who carries the film. She got a best-supporting-actress Oscar nomination for Wright's "Atonement," but here she's asked to do much more, and she nails it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    25
    The result is unbearable junk. What went wrong? Just about everything.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    Joe Wright's Hanna is an exuberantly crafted chase thriller that pulses with energy from its adrenaline-pumping first minutes to its muted bang of a finish.
    Full Review » 3 years ago