'Killer Elite' Critic Reviews

84%
MovieWeb:   5 reviews
25%
Rotten Tomatoes:   125 reviews
  • Ethan Alter Television Without Pity
    It's not even that the film is an unwatchable disaster -- it's just a big disappointment.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan
    The violence is over-the-top and becomes superficial. I found it all too boring, looking at my watch more than once.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Verniere Boston Herald
    0
    The filmmakers claim their 'Killer Elite' is based on a true story. My bet is everything else about it is phony.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Common Sense Media
    60
    It's an uneven mix, though it still delivers in fits and starts.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Whitty Newark Star-Ledger
    63
    The movie's not stupid. And that makes it more than bearable and often a little fun.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Derek Malcolm This is London
    40
    The plot is over-complicated, the screenplay limp and some of the subsidiary acting is hardly up to the mark.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jim Judy Screen It!
    Filled with action but not terribly engaging and certainly not surprising, this is a mediocre action film at best. (Parental Movie Review also available)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    63
    Killer Elite has enough good scenes to satisfy action fans, as well as those looking for a bit more depth, but as a cohesive whole, it's rather mixed.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Willie Waffle WaffleMovies.com
    50
    There is so much testosterone in this movie, women walk into the theater looking like Taylor Swift, but they walk out looking like Chaz Bono.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Radheyan Simonpillai NOW Toronto
    40
    Though the film tries to achieve Bourne-style grit and depth, it lacks the intelligence and flair that made the Matt Damon franchise so compelling.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Boo Allen Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
    40
    Despite the presence of some notable acting talent, this not-Elite work turns out to be just another dumb Jason Statham film.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Grae Drake Movies.com
    60
    Have fun, action junkies.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Terry Staunton Radio Times
    40
    The permanently scowling Statham borders on caricature, while the talents of De Niro and Owen are completely wasted.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Sobczynski eFilmCritic.com
    40
    The only remotely surprising thing about the new thriller Killer Elite is just how resoundingly unsurprising the entire enterprise is and as it plods on and on.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Rogers Suite101.com
    50
    "Killer Elite" sticks to the ribs when it sticks to simple skullduggery and Stathamian standards of busting heads. Whenever it strives for warrior poetry, it's more like a Nantucket-esque limerick scribbled in a London pub's bathroom.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rob Humanick Slant Magazine
    63
    Killer Elite is a throwback to an era when action movies still had balls, when muscular bravado easily overcame banal screenwriting and corny narrative earnestness.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Giles-Keddie Real.com
    40
    The big names are all present ... but all within an overly complex, erratic thriller framework that has moments of viable tension, but others of dramatic silliness.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Geoff Berkshire Metromix.com
    50
    An uneasy mix of hard-charging action and high-minded 'true story' drama
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Edwards Daily Mirror [UK]
    60
    Comes with enough geezahs!, shootahs! and mouthy nonces! to make the forthcoming Sweeney remake look positively redundant.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bob Westal Bullz-Eye.com
    40
    Killer Elite had potential to be a really interesting, action-heavy political thriller. Sadly, it never really tries to be anything more than another vehicle for Jason Statham.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeff Shannon Seattle Times
    63
    It's an analog thriller that benefits from refreshing injections of low-tech adrenaline.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Daniel Eagan Film Journal International
    Mercenaries target ex-SAS agents who committed Middle East atrocities in a confusing, unsatisfying action thriller.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    42
    Its visual and narrative emptiness is almost beyond comprehension, but there seems to be an audience for such brainless actioners out there.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Gibron Filmcritic.com
    60
    much of Killer Elite is flummoxed by its own make-up
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nathan Rabin AV Club
    25
    [It] purports to be based on actual events, chronicling the sinister machinations of a shadowy military organization. But this clumsy action movie feels too generic to be real.
    Full Review » 3 years ago