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Ninja Assassin (2009)



Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 113
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 84

Overly serious and incomprehensibly edited, Ninja Assassin fails to live up to the promise of its title.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 21

Overly serious and incomprehensibly edited, Ninja Assassin fails to live up to the promise of its title.



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V for Vendetta director James McTeigue re-teams with that film's producers Larry and Andy Wachowski for this action-packed tale of a skilled assassin who was trained by a mythical secret society, and patiently awaits the day he will avenge the death of his best friend. Swept off the streets as a young boy, Raizo (Korean pop star Rain) is transformed into an unstoppable killing machine by a secret society known as the Ozunu Clan. The Ozunu Clan is so proficient at keeping their existence a secret


Drama, Action & Adventure

Matthew Sand, J. Michael Straczynski

Mar 16, 2010


Warner Bros. Pictures/Dark Castle Ent.

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All Critics (114) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (84) | DVD (7)

A garish and poorly filmed chop-socky frolic that makes about as much sense as an Escher painting viewed through Vaseline-smudged Ray-Bans.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Perhaps such phenomenal slaughter is best left to the imagination.

December 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The problem is that the fight sequences -- the only reason anyone sees a movie like this in the first place -- are muddy, chaotic and boring. Even diehard fans of this genre would be well advised to skip this one.

November 30, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (14)
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This saga, set in Berlin, is more committed to its bloodletting than to any of its characters.

November 25, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (4)
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A movie that provides plenty of jolts but precious little pleasure.

November 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This movie knows exactly what it is: Gonzo silliness about bodies turned into human salsa.

November 25, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (5)
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Nothing more than an excuse for violent ninja fighting with a huge body count and plenty of blood - real and CGI.

July 21, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Ninja Assassin re-opens the door to a genre that has either been absorbed into conventional action movies via pilfered fight choreography or completely forgotten as a viable, creative foundation for interesting stories.

February 15, 2012 Full Review Source:

It would be hard to expect any surprises from a film called Ninja Assassin, but on the other hand, it would be hard to be disappointed by it either. It does exactly what it says on the tin.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source:

Has too much story for one movie and ends as merely a mildly entertaining ninja actioner...

April 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

... it's like a music video of violence that has lost the beat and doesn't care.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source:, long, martial-arts fight.... Given the talents involved, we have to mourn what might have been.

March 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

Decent ingredients but, as a whole, this is lacking in choreographic flair and plot substance.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comments (2)
Empire Magazine

Ninja Assassin is final proof that the once innovative Wachowski Brothers have indeed lost their creative mojo.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

The fight scenes are uninspired and I suspect post-pubescent audiences will be very bored.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian

The fight scenes are mostly great. And Rain, so dashing in Speed Racer, is something to behold. His precisely rippled and defined body is awe-inspiring.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Comments (3)
Daily Telegraph

It truly wouldn't take much - a minor re-edit, a few arch looks to camera, a wiseacre sidekick named 'Shortballs' - to inch this utterly mystifying throwback into spoof territory.

January 22, 2010
Little White Lies

Ninja Assassin is little more than a sporadically diverting disposable movie that will probably spawn several straight-to-DVD sequels. The butcher's shop window is still a more fulfilling proposition though.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

The bulk of the fight sequences take place at bed-time so it's difficult to see exactly what's going on - it's like putting a colony of bats in a Magimix. In the dark.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Comment (1)
Sky Movies

As it geysers forward from that claret-soaked opening scene, V For Vendetta director James McTeigue's mega-violent B-movie packs shock and gore and, to be frank, not much else.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Since the fights are all digitally conjured up anyway, genuine thrills are at a minimum and the copious sprays of pixelated blood quickly pall.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

For a film about silent assassins, it's phenomenally noisy. But if you're into swearing, decapitation and sliced-off limbs, and your brain has been reduced to mush by sitting in front of violent video games, this is the movie for you.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Comments (3)
Daily Mail [UK]

Despite an insanely visceral opening sequence in which limbs are severed amid fountains of claret, we're all too soon left with a tedious police procedural, sprinkled with the odd fight scene that confuses more than thrills.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

When the slicing and dicing and blood-spurting become as unstoppably frenzied as they do in the course of Ninja Assassin, one's instinct is less to take fright than take 40 winks and hope to wake up when it's all over.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent

The first time we see heads roll it's entertaining. The second time it's boring. The eighth time...

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Audience Reviews for Ninja Assassin

June 1, 2013
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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An oddly boring film, considering there is Ninja action basically non-stop, incredibly nasty wounds and deaths (even though clearly CGI ones). The problem is that there is not much of a story, or the one that's presented leaves us little to care about. A great example of how plenty of gore and violence does not equal entertainment.
April 29, 2013

Super Reviewer

A ninja who has turned his back on his clan fights to defend an Interpol researcher who is trying to uncover them and seek revenge upon his erstwhile master. No-one has the right to complain about the lack of depth or characterisation in this film. It's called Ninja Assassin for christ's sake. Essentially it's a mish-mash of ideas that are just an excuse for wildly over the top action sequences in which bad guys are sliced, diced and eviscerated left, right and centre; it has the "gangsters fighting against an invisible assassin" format of the Predator films, the "come with me if you want to live" character dynamic of The Terminator and the soldiers vs afore-mentioned invisible assassins finale that's straight out of Aliens. But unlike Doomsday which managed to completely balls up this mix of "influences", Ninja Assassin sticks to what it knows and presents a non-stop frenetic gorefest that's actually a lot of fun. The result reminded me of a Wachowski-fied version of Blade that's a bit thin on plot but makes up for it with above par effects and finely executed action. In fact the bad guys are very much in the vein of The Hand from the Wolverine comics and I would have been a lot happier if the Wolverine film had been handled in a similar way. Switch brain to neutral and enjoy.
February 1, 2013
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    1. Lord Ozunu: Wherever you are, wherever you may go, you must never forget who you are. You are part of me, as I am part of you. This is the truth of your lives, and it will remain true after death.
    – Submitted by Kyle S (2 years ago)
    1. Raizo: The breath I take after I kill you will be the first breath of my life.
    – Submitted by Shelinda F (2 years ago)
    1. Mika: I took a Tae Bo class once, but that is the extent of my kung-fu abilities.
    – Submitted by troy r (3 years ago)
    1. Lord Ozunu: Most children are disappointments. Not worth the effort to raise.
    – Submitted by troy r (3 years ago)
    1. Kingpin: Its going to take more than a knitting needle to fuck me up boy!
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Maslow: I've investigated World Bank organizations, drug cartels, arms dealers, I've never faced this kind of thing! For Ninjas its fucking unbelievable!
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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