Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
July 6, 2010
If you like your action comic-book style, with the emphasis more on slapstick than on blood and gore, this silly but slick sequel is a great way to get your fix.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 1, 2010
French parkour-action sequel - featuring David Belle, one of the inventors of the sport - to the kinetic dystopian 2004 film District B13, features lots of incredible stunts that at least look as though they weren't accomplished by the use of green screen
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
April 14, 2010
Adrenaline-filled, high-flying and brutal. A truly impressive action film that will hit you in the chest with awesome.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 4, 2010
Evildoers vs. parkour-running underdog heroes
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 5, 2010
No need for CGI when you've got sweet moves, fast feet and a bottomless hoard of adrenaline.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 5, 2010
Mission accomplie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
February 26, 2010
the film is an enormous amount of fun and it provides everything that one could possibly want in a piece of straightforward cinematic eye candy
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
February 25, 2010
This sequel to the French actioner District B13 (2004) offers more of what made the original such a sublimely stupid pleasure.
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 25, 2010
If anyone is going to persuade fanboys to attend a movie with French subtitles, that man is Luc Besson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
February 23, 2010
The parkour action doesn't get old --- it just becomes more amazing.
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 18, 2010
While it doesn't match the bombastic, bone-breaking brio of its predecessor, 2004's District B-13, this sequel imaginatively spices up the leftovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 18, 2010
This is the first action movie in which bombs serve a humanitarian end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shaula Clark
Boston Phoenix
February 18, 2010
If you enjoyed the first installment, Ultimatum will probably be right up your alley...not to mention your fire-escape railing and your rooftop ledge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com
February 18, 2010
The start-stop rhythm lets you know when you can focus less on the obvious plot mechanics and governmental conspiracy stuff, and recharge for the next ridiculous and acrobatic Parkour sequence.
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 12, 2010
This tale of conspiracy and corruption, directed with adrenalized pleasure by Patrick Alessandrin and written by a reinvigorated Luc Besson, has a brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 12, 2010
It's easy to call this film a video action game starring real people, but that "real" part means a lot. I'd rather see a world-class martial artist like Raffaelli do his thing instead of a CGI simulacrum.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
February 11, 2010
Those inclined to want to see a couple guys exercise cat-like martial arts moves against a loosely egalitarian sociological narrative backdrop will spark to the movie, and its sloppy embrace of joie de vivre.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Andy Klein
Brand X
February 10, 2010
That Besson's screenplay seems almost computer-generated isn't really a problem. The story's sole function is to provide an excuse for dazzling action scenes in the Jackie Chan mode -- which are again handily worth the ride.
Simon Abrams
New York Press
February 10, 2010
Raffaeli and Belle still lack the charm that would make their tight-lipped line deliveries memorable, but they still run, kick and hop around like nobody's business.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
February 8, 2010
Solid, B-level popcorn entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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