'Killer Elite' Critic Reviews
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.
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.
Have fun, action junkies.
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Despite the presence of some notable acting talent, this not-Elite work turns out to be just another dumb Jason Statham film.
The permanently scowling Statham borders on caricature, while the talents of De Niro and Owen are completely wasted.
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.
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.
"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.
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!
[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.
grunt grunt grunt *glower* [insert mockney swearing] bash crash punch kick [insert closeup of unshaven stubble]
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Killer Elite has plenty of killing, but the only thing elite about it is the cast.
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...