'Killer Elite' Critic Reviews
Film School Rejects
The picture entertains, at times legitimately and at others in a cheesy, '80s action sort of way
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.
Pockets of really interesting action in a sea of tedious exposition.
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.
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.
Christian Science Monitor
De Niro, in what amounts to an extended cameo, is radically miscast. That's still no excuse for his nonperformance, which is beyond lackluster.
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.
While the film has decent action sequences, the film is overly convoluted and very hard to follow at times. Wait for the rental!
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
First time director Gary McKendry adopts a gritty visual style and puts together a solid direct-to-dvd offering that wouldn't have likely seen a theatrical release but for its impressive cast.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
I'll admit that nobody goes to a Statham movie hoping the script will be erudite, but could it at least make a little bit of sense?
I don't think Killer Elite is going to blow anyone away, but it's a solid action movie with a slightly-smarter-than-average script.
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Statham, Owen and De Niro all give their best effort, but even they can't conquer a poorly written script.
This is the kind of clunky, badly-written action thriller that you would expect to head straight to DVD.
Television Without Pity
It's not even that the film is an unwatchable disaster -- it's just a big disappointment.
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.
The filmmakers claim their 'Killer Elite' is based on a true story. My bet is everything else about it is phony.
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.
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.
Mark Reviews Movies
A mess from the bottom up.
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
...ust another middle-of-the-road, choppily edited, unsatisfying mess of an action movie. Think of it as The Killer Mediocre.
This mucho macho testosterone-propelled action thriller is undermined by its formulaic execution.
Philadelphia Daily News
The movie is all attitude, successfully delivered by Statham, De Niro, and Dominic Purcell...
It's not about aesthetics, and it's certainly not about people, so the film settles on a lot of chaos and whirring bullets. "Killer Elite" is a waste of time and resources.
Killer Elite is too formulaic to overcome a been-there, done-that feel.
Rote and joyless, an exercise in disposability.