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Hanna (2011)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 211
Fresh: 151 | Rotten: 60

Fantastic acting and crisply choreographed action sequences propel this unique, cool take on the revenge thriller.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 18

Fantastic acting and crisply choreographed action sequences propel this unique, cool take on the revenge thriller.



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Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is 16 years old. She is bright, inquisitive, and a devoted daughter. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her widowed father Erik (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of North Finland. Erik has taught Hanna to hunt, put her through extreme self-defense workouts, and home-schooled her with only an encyclopedia and a book of fairy tales. Hanna has been living a life unlike any other teenager; her

Sep 6, 2011


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While the film as a whole may be episodic and wayward, and not always in a good way, the action scenes are uniformly sharp, inventive and gripping.

May 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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An entertainingly nutty action thriller from the director Joe Wright.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Blessed with considerable virtues, including a clever concept, crackling filmmaking and a charismatic star, it ultimately squanders all of them, undone by an unfortunate lack of subtlety and restraint.

April 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comments (10)
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What keeps us hooked is Ronan, a young actress of seemingly limitless abilities, and the tension she creates between Hanna's inhumanly agile body and quizzical eyes, which turn cold only when she pulls the trigger.

April 11, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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This film is bound to give the home-schooling movement a bad name, unless, of course, you're running a home school for assassins.

April 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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"Hanna" plays out as a visceral fairy tale about a naif discovering a world both fascinating and dangerous.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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not terrible, but not great

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

It's like an amusement park ride operating in the middle of a rave in which The Chemical Brothers provide a no-one-gets-out-alive thrust of unimpeded propulsion.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Jason Bourne meets Run Lola Run in a movie that brings terrifying new meaning to 'child abuse'.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

"A furious neck-snapping thriller that summons up memories of a dozen other movies and manages to improve on most of them."

January 9, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Teenage assassin trained as a killing machine since birth? Unless your movie has Nicolas Cage dressed like Batman with a paedo-tache, you're fighting a losing battle from the start.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

For a film that is supposed to be a thriller, the thrills are few and far in between. What "Hanna" really ends up being is a missed opportunity.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source:

Having already long proven her acting chops, Ronan shows a bright future as a bona fide movie star.

April 8, 2012 Full Review Source:

While the plot has some minor flaws, the incredible performances, characters, soundtrack and action beats of Hanna more than make up for it.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

The ingredients are there for success, but as we build toward resolution (or even increased conflict) Hanna fails to develop at a rate to match the sum of its parts.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source:

Sometimes a gritty, unpolished, and decidedly European-style thriller is exactly what you're looking for.

January 9, 2012 Full Review Source:

As a thriller, this strange, at times hypnotic, fable about a damaged little girl severely disappoints.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

A sour, empty graphic novel of an escapade from the man who once helmed 'Atonement,' 'Hanna' gets intensely more godawful as it approaches its climax.

November 27, 2011 Full Review Source: GreenCine | Comments (2)

'Hanna,' 'Salt' and 'Colombiana' should all merge together for a sequel.

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

[Joe] Wright is a natural successor to the late Anthony Minghella, able to deftly mix visual panache with small-scale emotion.

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

This cool, calculated who's-hunting-who piece brings home all the requisite tension, gunplay and fighting with a great deal of cinematic style.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Joe Wright leaves behind everything he has previously done. He seems hardened and full of fury, perhaps a response at the unfair way his The Soloist (2009) was received. Hanna is stripped-down, fast, and fantastic.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

...most of the time Wright simply throws everything he can think of at the screen like the promo director he used to be. Great soundtrack, though.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source:

A flashy but disposable exercise in style over substance... [Blu-ray]

September 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Comment (1)
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Hanna is a perfect example of visual filmmaking elevating a substandard story.

August 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Moviedex

A kinetic action thriller of high quality, Hanna is as visually strong as it is emotionally engrossing, thanks to strong central performances and a welcome change of pace from director Joe Wright.

August 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Hanna

An exciting, action-packed and intelligent change of pace for director Joe Wright. None of the action is needless or mindless, the whole production feels very real and never does it feel in the least bit predictable. I thought the cast and their performances were really good too, what's not to like about a Gay 1980's obsessed Tom Hollander with his two neo-Nazi henchmen? Saoirse Ronan is living up to the hype surrounding her.
January 2, 2014

Super Reviewer

Mixing together the fetish details of fairy tales and the rogue Euro-friendly devices of action films, "Hanna" is a deceptively overdone genre of film that gives a few groans and a few shudders. The premise of the film is enticing, framing a young girl (Ronan), outlawed by society and made to be a weapon of destruction by her father (Bana) in the German wilderness. She has no social queues, no indicators of normality, and also fights with complete loyalty towards her father. There's a larger conspiracy at work between her father and several secret government organizations. We only get a taste for what this conspiracy is, in the first twenty minutes of the film, which spurs the action and drives the characters intuitions. The face of the evil organization is Agent Marissa Heller (Blanchett) a mysterious woman who seems to have an unbreakable tie to Hanna and her father. She hunts them down, and we're not completely sure whether or not she really is the evil entity that Erik (Bana) supposes, until we're farther into the film. Instead of being a cat and mouse tete a tete, the film mostly follows Hanna as she adjusts to a wandering life, often co-mingling with an Australian family on holiday. Her interactions with the children and parents take up a large section of the film, and she rarely has to fight the gang of assassins that tail her. Near the end the events turn very whimsical, and that's where everything kind of melts down. The fantasy elements are intriguing: a prophetic, special girl, who looks very predatory and yet fairylike in appearance. A father who is overly protective and keeps her hidden in the woods. A pulse pounding soundtrack over all the action, and fantastical settings, including an abandoned park, serve to remind us of the underlying sentiments of the film. Ronan is amazing as Hanna, giving very little exposition, and yet portraying a feral young girl trying to cope with the instability of her situation. Blanchett is creepy in her role, malevolent as a Disney villain, and yet enjoys a complexity that never gets explained. Marissa Heller is the one part of the story that never gels. We're not sure if she cares for Hanna, or wants revenge, or even why she ultimately stalks her like prey. There's definitely a seedy element to her character that isn't covered by governmental status, and yet it ends with emotional dependence on the young girl. The ending feels stale and useless compared to the rest of the film, and that's because we're unsure of who Heller ultimately is. This film uses its elements effectively, and has a certain style and tone, but it doesn't have a very useful or interesting plot.
December 31, 2013

Super Reviewer

An outstanding, and fiercely directed "coming-of-age/revenge-flick", this little movie is, by far, the best one of the year. The action is so realistically choreographed that it would give big-budget action films a run for their money. The actors are in top form, but it is Ronan who delivers the killing punch (Literally!).
May 21, 2013
Jose Cruz

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A retired spy who has trained his daughter in seclusion her entire life unleashes her upon the world to revenge herself upon the former handler who betrayed him and murdered her mother. It's the turn of teen photo love stories to be Bourne again in this girly-girl version of the action-spy movie. Hanna actually begins really strongly with some beautifully shot scenes set in an Arctic wilderness, but when Saoirse reaches the outside world it seems to become a teen travelogue featuring some awkwardly self conscious attempts at humour and a "my first kiss" soap opera. The whole tone of the film reminded me very much of a big budget kids' TV programme which does not sit well with some of the rather graphic violence that occurs at strategic intervals to remind us that we are not watching The Sarah Jane Adventures. This is not helped by the pumping pop soundtrack and supporting cast of wacky hitmen (the uber-camp, mascara smeared Tom Hollander in a lemon yellow tracksuit accompanied by two skinheads is particularly embarrassing) and even Cate Blanchett struggles with her drawling stereotype of a character. It's a shame really because it's actually a very promising idea, but the whole thing just falls apart under the weight of its own completely misjudged hotch-potch of incompatible ingredients.
October 3, 2012
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    – Submitted by In Your D (21 months ago)
    1. Rachel: I love the countryside. The city stifles me. Emotionally. Creatively. Spiritually. Places like this bring us closer to god.
    2. Rachel: Well, not in any monotheistic sense. Buddha, Krishna, the 'God Within'. Whatever you believe in. What do you believe in, Hanna?
    – Submitted by In Your D (21 months ago)
    1. Sophie: Is 'kraut' an ethnic slur? Like 'queer' or 'lesbo'? I think I'd quite like to be a lesbian.
    – Submitted by Johnny D (23 months ago)
    1. Hanna: Come and find me.
    – Submitted by Patrick B (2 years ago)
    1. Moroccan Hotel Owner: Where do you come from?
    2. Hanna: The forest.
    – Submitted by Patrick B (2 years ago)
    1. Sebastian: So Hanna, is your mum and Dad still together?
    2. Hanna: My mother is dead.
    3. Sophie: [to Sebastian] Nice one, Dad.
    4. Sebastian: I'm sorry to hear that. I lost my mum when I was very young, so...
    5. Hanna: It's all right. It happened a long time ago.
    6. Rachel: Hanna, what did your mum die of?
    7. Hanna: Three bullets.
    – Submitted by Patrick B (2 years ago)
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