Elektra Reviews

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July 14, 2015
There isn't a whisper of spontaneity.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 14, 2015
The movie's dominant visual tone is bronzed grunge, and its emotional tone is depressive.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 5, 2007
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.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 5, 2007
Everything comes back to Garner, though -- and even when the movie takes itself too seriously, thankfully she never does.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 6, 2006
Elektra shoves Frank Miller's eponymous cold-blooded assassin into a PG-13-friendly adventure.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A none too Marvel-lous spin-off from Daredevil.
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Benjamin Strong
Village Voice
January 25, 2005
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 24, 2005
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 20, 2005
Jennifer Garner should have used an alias instead of putting her name on this breathlessly boring spinoff of Daredevil.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 15, 2005
The sad thing about Elektra is that it reveals that for all the millions of dollars now spent on them, comic-book movies are being made with no more distinction than the cheapest old Saturday-afternoon serials.
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Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
January 15, 2005
That she is in fact a hired assassin on a $2-million contract killing is charmingly offset by the fact that she wears no makeup and ties her (albeit ridiculously) long brown hair back in a ponytail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 14, 2005
What it suffers from most is the sense of offhand storytelling that lies halfway between creative laziness and cost-cutting sloppiness.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 14, 2005
The constant talk and tease of Elektra is sure to cause even more male frustration than Catwoman and Tomb Raider, where the femmes were similarly dolled up and then sexed down to appease the nanny censors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
January 14, 2005
It's opaque where it should be clear (motivations; fight scenes). It's clear where it should be opaque (what happens next).
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 14, 2005
[Garner] is ... gloriously in gear, ready to kick some Hand.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 14, 2005
Another inert, soul-dead action drama that turns actors into zombies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 14, 2005
The film's multi-writer screenplay struggles vainly to hide its plagiarized themes and action beats.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 14, 2005
Half of it feels like pure, Saturday-morning cartoon show. Half feels like an attempt at an actual relationship drama. They should have listened to the first half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 14, 2005
Resembles nothing so much as a dumbed-down, PG-13 version of Kill Bill, put together by a team tone-deaf to bad dialogue, atrocious acting, cheesy special effects and clumsily staged action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
January 14, 2005
Elektra is stripped of the unrepentant ferocity that made her a crossover hit in the first place. Here, she quickly succumbs to her gooey, maternal side -- which means if ever there's a sequel, she'll have no edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
January 14, 2005
Garner has no trouble looking sexy, and teen boys should enjoy Elektra's many gratuitous costume changes, but she's hopelessly unconvincing in this icy role.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 14, 2005
Hmmm, where have I seen this before? Oh, yes, I saw it Wednesday night on television. Except her hair was pink. And I had eight more bucks in my wallet.
| Original Score: D+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 14, 2005
Elektra the movie is a lot like Elektra the assassin. It executes its mission with considerable precision but never feels truly alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 14, 2005
Plays like a collision between leftover bits and pieces of Marvel superhero stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 14, 2005
[Garner] does all the stuff you can see her do on Wednesday nights -- namely, some of her own stunt work in outrageous costumes -- but without an ounce of zeal, charisma, or purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 13, 2005
Garner, adept as she is at physical stunts and action moves, is far more appealing when she's playing charming and adorable, as she did so winningly in 13 Going on 30.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
January 13, 2005
Would it kill a tough girl to crack a smile or eat a Twinkie or make a pass once in a while? Does she have to be a squinty jerk with intimacy issues in order to be considered super?
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 13, 2005
The latest Hollywood movie to give comic books a bad name, Elektra stars Jennifer Garner as a superheroine who dons fetish-wear the color of blood before laying waste to every man in sight.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 13, 2005
It's listless, lame and sloppy enough to make last year's Catwoman seem agile.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 13, 2005
Kill Bill without irony, and without Quentin Tarantino's flair for cool dialogue and chop-socky action (and without Uma Thurman, for that matter).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 13, 2005
A ponderously inert, disjointed drag that's anything but live action.
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
January 13, 2005
Garner's one-note performance isn't the only thing crippling this undercooked comic-book adventure. There's a patchy script that bumps along in fits and starts, but never comes to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 13, 2005
What might have been at best a silly Xena-style martial-arts adventure meanders listlessly through swaths of relationship drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 13, 2005
Without a viable screenplay, there's nowhere for the character to go, and no way to avoid making her look silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 13, 2005
The unremittingly dour screen adaptation of the Marvel Comics character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 13, 2005
Devotees of awful filmmaking can't go wrong with this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 13, 2005
True to form, Garner creates a strapping action character with as many foibles as muscles.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kim Morgan
L.A. Weekly
January 12, 2005
Comic book franchise or Victoria's Secret commercial?
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Brian Lowry
Variety
January 12, 2005
Alternately too talky to triumph as an action vehicle and too frenetic to be fleshed out to succeed as a drama.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 12, 2005
Elektra girds her loins with less intensity of purpose than if she were scanning the darkness for signs of copyright infringement.
Full Review | Original Score: D+