'Killer Elite' Critic Reviews

84%
MovieWeb:   5 reviews
25%
Rotten Tomatoes:   125 reviews
  • 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
  • Jonathan W. Hickman Daily Film Fix
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) St. Paul Pioneer Press
    25
    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?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Drew McWeeny HitFix
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeanne Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan
    Statham, Owen and De Niro all give their best effort, but even they can't conquer a poorly written script.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Caroline Jowett Daily Express
    40
    This is the kind of clunky, badly-written action thriller that you would expect to head straight to DVD.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    25
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald
    50
    Killer Elite is too formulaic to overcome a been-there, done-that feel.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Movieline
    56
    Rote and joyless, an exercise in disposability.
    Full Review » 3 years ago