Assassins (1995)



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Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner helms this action-adventure yarn in which Robert Rath (Sylvester Stallone), a veteran, burned-out hit man for hire who's looking to leave his profession, meets a younger, crazier, more ambitious competitor, Miguel Bain (Antonio Banderas), who is out to best Rath and make him a target in the process. Rath signs on for one last hit, but complications ensue when he falls in love with the mark, a beautiful, mysterious woman named Electra (Julianne Moore). Bain … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
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Written By: Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, Brian Helgeland
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On DVD: Sep 30, 1997
Warner Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Assassins

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (8)

There's so much dead air floating around in this icy-cool thriller that the director, Richard Donner, seems to be trying for an art-house version of his Lethal Weapon series (The 400 Blows to Your Head?).

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A not-much-fun high-tech actioner.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

An unusually serious, almost sombre thriller from the versatile action producer Joel Silver in which Stallone's a jaded assassin haunted by the past but unable to face the future.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Although he lets Assassins run on too long, Mr. Donner gives it a dependably slick big-budget style.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

In addition to Stallone's inflexible facial expression, the film is saddled with a preposterous script and hideous dialogue. Plus, it weighs in at a too-long one-hundred thirty-two minutes.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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This movie is filled with such preposterous impossibilities that Forrest Gump could have improved it with a quick rewrite.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Assassins

06/07/2012 (DVD)

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

An explosive and pulse-pounding edge of your seat action-packed thriller. It packs a full-clip of riveting suspense and fast-paced action from start to finish. It`s smart, tense, terrific and energetic. A wickedly cool and exhilerating assassin-thriller with well-drawn characters and swift execution. Director, Richard Donner crafts one of his best films ever. Slyvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas are just pure dynamite. Stallone gives a strong and effective performance. Banderas gives a sensational and electrifying performance that shows a side of himself we havent seen before.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Devoid of substance and plausibility, but for the better part a decent action flick. Altough the action bits are really good, there's too many flaws to get past for me to rate it any higher. One such defect is the absence of intelligent dialogue. Or perhaps I should say dialogue altogether, as the characters almost spend more time talking to themselves than to eachother. None of them are particularily relatable either, and I didn't care much for who made it out alive by the end. I suppose Stallone's characters is meant to be some kind of anti-hero, but he is too stiff and emotionless for me to feel prompted to root for him. As for Antonio Banderas, well, he overplays his character so much that he often became a mere annoyance. The only saving grace in the cast is Julianne More, who at least gives a little effort in her acting. Anyhow, I couldn't help but draw parallels to Bangkok Dangerous, which is like a modern equivalent to this film, that suffers from similar plot problems. Gratefully, however, this isn't as bad. In conclusion: Fairly exciting, but nothing beyond the average.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

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