'Killer Elite' Critic Reviews

84%
MovieWeb:   5 reviews
25%
Rotten Tomatoes:   125 reviews
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kurt Loder Reason Online
    The plot keeps unfolding beyond the point where you might wish it to end.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matt Pais RedEye
    38
    The movie opens with text telling us that 'The world is in chaos,' which is so helpful ... all of the gunfire and violent revenge would have suggested that everyone's hunky dory.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nell Minow Beliefnet
    42
    The fight scenes are brutally authentic while the non-fight scenes are laughably ridiculous.
    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