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Elektra (2005)

tomatometer

10

Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 150
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 135

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

13

Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 33

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

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30

liked it
Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 256,143

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Movie Info

Daredevil's main squeeze gets resurrected in her own flick with this spin-off martial arts actioner from director Rob Bowman (Reign of Fire, The X-Files: Fight the Future). Jennifer Garner returns to the role of Elektra Natchios, a hired assassin whose origins are finally revealed after her old ninja clan the Hand brings her back from the dead to serve their evil purposes. Reunited with her old sensei, Stick (Terence Stamp), Elektra leaves the past behind her and is eventually given an

PG-13,

Drama, Action & Adventure

Raven Metzner, Zak Penn, Stuart Zicherman

Apr 5, 2005

$24.3M

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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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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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.

March 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
Chicago Reader
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Everything comes back to Garner, though -- and even when the movie takes itself too seriously, thankfully she never does.

March 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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A none too Marvel-lous spin-off from Daredevil.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Offers no surprises, and whether or not you'll appreciate its modest charms depends entirely on whether you too have been anticipating Garner's new outfit.

January 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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They should have just called this movie Contractually Obligated Sequel staring Jennifer Garner because I can see no other reason why someone as talented and as smart as she is would want to do this film.

January 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Violent comic book movie with lingerie costumes.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Some comic properties should just be left on the page.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

An utterly embarrassing misfire with poor performances, contrived elements, and a weak premise.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

For all its slow-mo kick-flying and computer-generated mysticism, the story is tissue-thin and simple to the point of being simpleminded.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

What's missing in this Elektra is a certain sense of play and imagination.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

It felt like I was back in my childhood watching serial chapters at a Saturday matinee.

March 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As for Garner, she remains a lovely screen presence, but it's impossible to buy her as an emotionless killing machine.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

During a fight, a character declared "Enough! It ends now." And I thought It's about time! Now there's a sure sign of an action movie falling short of its potential.

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

Garner may justify her reputation as an action woman, but fails to prove that sais matter.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

There's a skeleton of a cool fantasy story here, but the clatter and clunk of its fleshless bones is dispiriting.

February 7, 2006 Full Review Source: MTV

Never mind giving 1000 chimps 1000 typewriters and having them produce a script in a week. Instead, give 1000 chimps $US100 million and see how long it takes them to come up with a blancmange blockbuster such as this.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Absent an established fan base or cadre of recognizable villains, filmmakers are forced to shoehorn in superfluous back story and excessive inner turmoil.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Much like the onslaught of sword-and-sandal epics, the comic-book-adaptation boom has resulted in a decreased effectiveness of the subjects.

August 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

The curse of the new Bennifer has birthed a deformed fury that not even sexy red ninja lingerie could save

July 6, 2005 Full Review

Could you please create a lead villain whose best move doesn't involve flying bed sheets?

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
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Audience Reviews for Elektra

Made by people who have never read an Elektra comic obviously. I'm glad Marvel have got their act together these days as no one wants to see this kind of drivel anymore. It is spectacularly dull. What was Terence Stamp thinking? Rob Bowman is also a better director than this, maybe he's just too used to being told what to do.
January 9, 2013
SirPant

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.
May 5, 2012
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.
April 7, 2011
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Dean McKenna

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    1. Abby: Her name's Elektra dad.
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (8 months ago)
    1. DeMarco (Uncredited): I guess it's all true. The red outfit, the knives. What happens now? You just kill me, straight out, just gulp?
    2. Elektra Natchios: Don't worry. Death's not that bad.
    3. DeMarco (Uncredited): How do you know?
    4. Elektra Natchios: I died once.
    – Submitted by Lorenzo V (2 years ago)
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