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Kick-Ass (2010)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 244
Fresh: 187 | Rotten: 57

Not for the faint of heart, Kick-Ass takes the comic adaptation genre to new levels of visual style, bloody violence, and gleeful profanity.

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 14

Not for the faint of heart, Kick-Ass takes the comic adaptation genre to new levels of visual style, bloody violence, and gleeful profanity.

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Adapted from Mark Millar's hyper-violent comic book of the same name, director Matthew Vaughn's (Layer Cake) vigilante superhero film tells the tale of an average New York teenager who decides to don a costume and fight crime. Comic book geek Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) may not have good coordination or special powers, but that doesn't mean he isn't a fully capable crime fighter. After purchasing a flashy wet suit on the Internet, Dave starts busting up baddies with nothing but brute force. He

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

Aug 3, 2010

$20.0M

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All Critics (244) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (187) | Rotten (57) | DVD (15)

Most of the lessons in Kick-Ass are juvenile, but Lordy are they stylishly told.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
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I found it mighty painful sitting through all the bone crushing and blood-letting.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (18)
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I know it's all supposed to be tongue in cheek and lots of fun, but frankly this turned my stomach.

April 19, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (120)
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When filmmakers nudge a child into viewing savagery as slapstick, are we not allowing them to do what we condemn in the pornographer -- that is, to coarsen and inflame?

April 19, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (86)
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Kick-Ass is some kind of twisted fun.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Everything you've likely heard about Kick-Ass is true, providing you've heard it's profane, outlandish, ultra-violent, shocking, funny and wildly entertaining.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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A tremendously fresh experience.

August 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

It could be argued that you can't have your cape and eat it, but for the most part Kick-Ass is witty, knowing and hugely fun.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

With its electrifying action sequences, a killer storyline and a maverick comic sensibility, the brilliance of Kick Ass will hit those who want to see it like a thunderbolt.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

If you're not too put-off by lots of violence and profanity, and enjoy a good action-filled popcorn flick, then chances are you're going to love "Kick-Ass."

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

If you want to get serious, you could say that Kick-Ass is the movie that could finally drag comic-books into the credible mainstream. But being serious is to miss the point of Kick-Ass completely.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
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Where do I stand on Kick-Ass? On the fence, goggling with a mix of appalled fascination and guilty pleasure at the film's dark comedy and over-the-top violence.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Kick-Ass gains significant momentum in its second half, once it abandons the arch origin-story material and starts staking a claim as a straight-up action flick.

July 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Fast, funny, and a hell of a lot of fun, Vaughn's film does, indeed, live up to the brash punch of its title.

June 2, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

... It feels fresh, with an edge about it that allows you to think anything can happen to any character at any time.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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Defiantly irreverent and gleefully violent.

April 5, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The movie just decided that thoughtlessness and splatter was its own reward. I'm okay with that.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Never has a title been so true, so funny, and so simple as that of Kick-Ass.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comments (2)
What Culture

Kick-Ass is so refreshingly iconoclastic, it's a wonder it was made at all.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Kick-Ass is such an exciting, refreshing development in comic book filmmaking that I want to shout it from the rooftops

January 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
Bangitout.com

Kick Ass is about as exciting as movies get. Not just because it is a (mostly) anarchic splatter-fest that celebrates (nay, encourages) acts of ridiculous violence, but also the fact that it was made completely outside of the studio system.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

A bait-and-switch movie that lucks out because its switch is so much more appealing than its bait.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Comments (2)
Window to the Movies

Your appreciation will depend in how much you can appreciate it's utter wrongness as a twisted virtue.

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com | Comments (2)
Seanax.com

America could probably use a good laugh just about now, what with all the problems plaguing this society. But the exploitation of children even if they are actors and the special effects are occasionally awesome, is way beyond just not cool.

July 25, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comments (41)
NewsBlaze

A genre dress-up play date from hell.

July 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Comments (6)
Projection Booth

Audience Reviews for Kick-Ass

A ton of non-ironic overacting, stilted dialogue ("deprecating a bunch of guys" ?), and weirdo genre shifts (copying a dumb studio superhero film cliche isn't a joke in itself if the film doesn't say anything about said trope-- that just gives your film a legitimately hollow and dumb cliche) can't sway me from not being head-over heels about this movie: the anarchy is just so tasty.
August 20, 2013
Kevin Cookman

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Amazing on many levels! Lives up the title and goes beyond! A visual treat combined with comic-like violence and a hint of every superhero story that is out there in the world today. The stabs at cliches in this film are far beyond brilliant, but after a while that is all this film does until the end, which is great, but it keeps it from having that "loving" type of feel. This movie is Hilarious, Gory, Dramatic, and Action Packed, what more could you want? This is one of the best films of 2011 for entertainment reasons, and I can watch it over and over again. Aaron Johnson kills it in the main role and the supporting cast all have their share of big moments as well. This is a great Superhero film, but that title is definitely up for debate. I love "Kick-Ass" for everything that it is, and everything that it is not.
August 15, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

"With no power comes no responsibility. Except, that wasn't true."

Kick-Ass does what it promises and delivers a story that is so rousingly awesome, and has such a great narrative flow to it, that you'd regret to look away for a single second.

I love all the comic-book references and the very conscious, stylistic directing. Not to say the music, the acting and visual effects; all of supreme caliber and working in perfect harmony. Especially as it comes to the soundtrack, which features a great, eclectic mix that adds a lot to the overall effect of the film.

As for the action, it certainly pulls no punches. However rompish it may appear at face value, it holds the brutality-level of a Tarantino flick and is just as violently well-crafted.

So if you're expecting something along the lines of Superhero Movie, then you're in for a real surprise. This is bigger, better and so much cooler that the two of them don't even compare.

After countless re-watches, still my favorite film of 2010, and one that not only cleverly satirizes the superhero genre, but passionately pays homage to it.

If you haven't seen it yet, make sure you do. Because this is about as good as an ass-kicker of said category can get.
August 14, 2013
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    1. Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass: Die Mother fuckers!
    – Submitted by Josť Pablo G (2 months ago)
    1. Mindy Macready/Hit Girl: Show's over, motherfuckers.
    – Submitted by Jose G (6 months ago)
    1. Damon Macready/Big Daddy: Now you know how it feels. You won't be scared when some junkie asshole pulls a glock.
    – Submitted by joseph j (8 months ago)
    1. Damon Macready/Big Daddy: Take cover child.
    – Submitted by joseph j (8 months ago)
    1. Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass: [narriting] If you think I would have to servive cause I'm talking to you now... Stop being such a smart ass.
    – Submitted by Connor N (16 months ago)
    1. Chris D'Amico/Red Mist: A world full of superheroes, eh?
    2. Chris D'Amico/Red Mist: As a great man once said... wait 'til they get a load of me.
    – Submitted by Jacob S (17 months ago)
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