Elektra (2005)



Critic Consensus: This comic book movie is an inert muddle that takes itself much too seriously.

Movie Info

Ordered to assassinate Mark Miller, the deadly female ninja Elektra opts instead to defy her orders and defends both Mark and his daughter Abby against all comers.

Rating: PG-13 (for action violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Zak Penn, Stuart Zicherman, Raven Metzner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 5, 2005
Box Office: $24.3M
20th Century Fox - Official Site



as Mark Miller

as Abby Miller

as Kirigi

as Stone

as Meizumi

as DeMarco (Uncredited)

as Young Elektra

as Nikolas Natchios

as Hand Ninja #1

as Hand Ninja #2

as Roshi Servant

as Pool Shark

as Young Elektra's Moth...

as Glowering Ikuren

as Glowering Ikuren

as First Paramedic

as Second Paramedic

as Third Paramedic

as Fight Instructor

as Weatherman
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Critic Reviews for Elektra

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (39)

Garner's charms extend beyond the mere physical. Simply by showing up, she makes Elektra far more entertaining than it has a right to be.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Top Critic

This doesn't exactly set the world on fire, but I was charmed by its old-fashioned storytelling, which is refreshingly free of archness, self-consciousness, or Kill Bill-style wisecracks.

Full Review… | March 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Everything comes back to Garner, though -- and even when the movie takes itself too seriously, thankfully she never does.

Full Review… | March 5, 2007
Associated Press
Top Critic

Elektra shoves Frank Miller's eponymous cold-blooded assassin into a PG-13-friendly adventure.

Full Review… | October 6, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

A none too Marvel-lous spin-off from Daredevil.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Violent comic book movie with lingerie costumes.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Elektra

Good fight scenes and a much more plausible story line than I expected. I think this movie gets slammed far more than it should.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

By far, the absolute worst Marvel movie to date. "Elektra" is a spin off of "Daredevil" and completely goes off the tracks with a bad story, and horrible acting. Jennifer Garner stars as "Elektra" a hired assassin who has come back from the dead and reunited with her old sensei Stick(Terence Stamp). She's hired to kill a father and daughter, but her conscience kicks in and she protects them instead of killing them. "Daredevil" is a superhero movie that is over the top, but in a lot of ways based in reality. Here, "Elektra" just moves into this supernatural-esque world, that doesn't make any sense. There's a guy with tattoos that come to life, a woman who turns people to stone(kind of) with a kiss, it just seemed so fake and ridiculous, it's hard to take any of this movie seriously. I know, I know, how can you say this is fake when you love a movie like "Thor?" Watch both of them, and tell me which seems more realistic. Garner may be hot, but my god she can't act in this movie. She just has this pouty look on her face the whole time, and the father/daughter duo, I was hoping like hell they would die. Skip this absolute turd of a movie, and watch "Daredevil" again, or any other movie for that matter.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer


Jennifer Garner is a sweet-faced assassin and she works hard in the fight scene. But this version of the Marvel Comics character, and spin-off from 2003's Daredevil, lacks backbone.
On the plus side, rival assassins such as Tattoo, whose tattoos turn into fighting accessories, are imaginative; the photography is first-class. But the film stalls in ridiculousness: for example, Elektra's corset-and-heels fight outfits.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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