'The Samaritan' Critic Reviews

34%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
22%
Rotten Tomatoes:   34 reviews
  • New York Times (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    [Jackson's] doleful revenant is in almost every scene, and this hardworking actor seems to know that the film around him should be a light-footed caper instead of a grim noir with a side order of deviance.
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  • Andrew Pulver Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    It wants to be a nimble-footed con movie, but also a bludgeoning (and bloody) revenge thriller, neither of which it succeeds in.
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  • Nick Schager Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Weaver's story slowly begins to buckle under the weight of its own self-seriousness and familiarity, concluding with a showdown and resolution marked by one implausible and unsatisfying been-here-done-that twist after another.
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  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    Way too much psychosexual melodrama, portrayed in performances that range from utterly bored (Jackson) to embarrassingly broad (Kirby).
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  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    60
    The theme's familiar, but The Samaritan's stylish palette -- the colors of corruption and despair -- paints it new.
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    "The Samaritan" isn't a great noir, but it's true to the tradition and gives Samuel L. Jackson one of his best recent roles.
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  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    If anything, this Canadian production misses a great opportunity to dig into its setting and examine the dark side of seemingly pristine Toronto, even as the script by Elan Mastai and director David Weaver labors over a mostly boilerplate storyline.
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  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    13
    "The Samaritan" proves that even Samuel L. Jackson can be boring.
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  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    Sets itself up as a crime thriller yet fails to deliver more than a twinge of surprise as it meanders toward a flaccid endgame swindle.
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  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    A scripted cliche: the ex-con who wants to go straight until the plot kicks in.
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  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A rock solid Samuel L. Jackson adeptly anchors the twists and turns of this noir crime thriller.
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  • Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    30
    The haphazard feeling of the narrative deflates any real tension.
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  • Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue.com
    What could have been an intriguing character study about redemption turns into an absurd series of eye-rolling plot twists that makes it impossible to take this mess seriously.
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  • Annlee Ellingson Paste Magazine
    45
    Director David Weaver and co-writer Elan Mastai's neo-noir script is just a shadow of the genre.
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  • Diego Costa Slant Magazine
    25
    It packs its narrative with a succession of increasingly cliched twists, one of which involves the sudden recognition that its main character, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson), is romantically involved with his own daughter.
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  • Kurt Loder Reason Online
    Even the spirited Ruth Negga can't lift this by-the-numbers neo-noir out of its dull parboiled rut.
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  • Jim Slotek Jam! Movies
    20
    It seems impossible that Jackson could go through an entire movie without ever raising his voice, but here he is.
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  • Robert Levin Film School Rejects
    63
    The experience of watching Samuel L. Jackson actually act is the only real pleasure to be gleaned from the movie.
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  • Stephen Whitty Newark Star-Ledger
    50
    It's not honest with its people, or its plot. And the only ones it really cheats are audience members.
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  • Norman Wilner NOW Toronto
    40
    Director David Weaver and co-writer Elan Mastai twist the movie in several different directions before settling for a professional but generic pulp thriller.
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  • Alison Willmore Movieline
    56
    The Samaritan takes a jarring turn right out of Park Chan-wook, and from there takes a tumble into ludicrousness from which it doesn't recover.
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  • Sam Adams AV Club
    34
    Jackson seems only interested in cashing his paycheck, even if it's not an especially large one.
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  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    34
    It's thoroughly mediocre, which feels like such a disappointment when one considers that the script's ingredients include murder, deception, sex, and ungodly sin.
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  • Chris Barsanti Film Journal International
    ...goes from mechanical to (unintentionally) hilarious, stopping frequently at the cliche shop along the way.
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