'Killer Elite' Critic Reviews

84%
MovieWeb:   5 reviews
25%
Rotten Tomatoes:   125 reviews
  • 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
  • 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
  • Grae Drake Movies.com
    60
    Have fun, action junkies.
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Robert Levin Film School Rejects
    75
    The picture entertains, at times legitimately and at others in a cheesy, '80s action sort of way
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kevin Williamson Jam! Movies
    40
    Ask yourself: Would The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor be better with scissor kicks? Are The Conversation and Marathon Man a few dislocated bones short of greatness? Even if you answered yes, you should lower your expectations.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Widgett Walls Needcoffee.com
    30
    Pockets of really interesting action in a sea of tedious exposition.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Tallerico HollywoodChicago.com
    20
    Features characters less three-dimensional than most cartoons doing and saying things that are only done and said in movies. Bad movies. Really bad movies.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matthew Razak Flixist.com
    I'm always a fan of more Yvonne Strahovski in my life, but her useless character in the film should have been the first thing to go when they were cutting this convoluted mess down to a reasonable running time.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
    50
    De Niro, in what amounts to an extended cameo, is radically miscast. That's still no excuse for his nonperformance, which is beyond lackluster.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ian Buckwalter NPR
    35
    Jason Statham is enjoyable enough to watch that he can occasionally make one forget just how silly and dull a movie like Killer Elite really is.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kevin McCarthy BDK Reviews
    50
    While the film has decent action sequences, the film is overly convoluted and very hard to follow at times. Wait for the rental!
    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
  • MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher
    grunt grunt grunt *glower* [insert mockney swearing] bash crash punch kick [insert closeup of unshaven stubble]
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Boxoffice Magazine
    30
    Killer Elite has plenty of killing, but the only thing elite about it is the cast.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kristian M. Lin Fort Worth Weekly
    Look closer at Killer Elite, and you'll see an inky portrait of a world that has lost all moral compass. That's stronger stuff than most action thrillers give you.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    25
    Isn't a terribly convincing movie, and while it's difficult to take lightly, it's best to approach the picture as a brainless creation out to quicken pulses. Accepting any of this as serious business is only going to lead to a headache.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Dujsik Mark Reviews Movies
    25
    A mess from the bottom up.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeff Meyers Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
    42
    ...ust another middle-of-the-road, choppily edited, unsatisfying mess of an action movie. Think of it as The Killer Mediocre.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Susan Granger SSG Syndicate
    50
    This mucho macho testosterone-propelled action thriller is undermined by its formulaic execution.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Gary Thompson Philadelphia Daily News
    59
    The movie is all attitude, successfully delivered by Statham, De Niro, and Dominic Purcell...
    Full Review » 3 years ago