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Assassins (1995)


Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 38

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 8
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 59,797



Movie Info

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

Mystery & Suspense , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Brian Helgeland , Larry Wachowski , Andy Wachowski
In Theaters:
Sep 30, 1997
Warner Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Assassins

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (38) | DVD (4)

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
Top Critic

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

Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas seem as if they didn't know quite what to do to make this implausible action drama a kick.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Noisy, shallow and glibly violent.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The plot becomes increasingly silly, and while some pleasure can be had in the improbable set pieces, this is not nearly as much fun as it should be.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012

The action is stilted and infrequent, reduced to indifferent gun play, car chases and one standout explosion when a gas main ignites.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Empire Magazine

It's numbingly cold and pointless.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The further into the action we get, the more ludicrous things become.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
Movie Metropolis

...a decent 80-minute thriller that somehow manages to chug along for over two hours.

Full Review… | August 17, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

If I had to describe this movie in two words, I'd say "long" and "boring".

Full Review… | April 7, 2006
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Suspenseless, plastic and contrived. Rent Best Seller, The Professional or The Mechanic instead, all far superior films about professional hit men.

March 3, 2006

Entirely confused and annoyingly confusing action inanity. Donner should know better.

April 3, 2005

Face-clawingly awful; a textbook example of everything that's wrong with Hollywood.

January 13, 2005
Flipside Movie Emporium

Good early script by the Wachowski brothers that falls apart in the finale.

March 26, 2004
New Times

Has the word "ass" in the title twice; entire plot based on "who is number one," yet entire movie is large number two.

March 24, 2004
New Times

At times, tense, junky fun.

Full Review… | January 13, 2004

It is about what you would expect.

Full Review… | March 23, 2003
Laramie Movie Scope

a thriller that's almost as exciting as a Read-A-Thon

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Assassins is a film that shines for its thrills, color, humor and suspense that lasts right to the very end.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

Imagine my surprise to find a nicely-crafted action thriller that does not feature Sylvester Stallone making a bunch of "witty" remarks.

Full Review… | June 10, 2001

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


A cool fun film, great lead characters, never tire of watching it.

Dean !

Super Reviewer

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