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Hanna Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 3, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 25, 2011
An entertainingly nutty action thriller from the director Joe Wright.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 11, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 11, 2011
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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 9, 2011
This film is bound to give the home-schooling movement a bad name, unless, of course, you're running a home school for assassins.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 8, 2011
"Hanna" plays out as a visceral fairy tale about a naif discovering a world both fascinating and dangerous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 8, 2011
Saoirse Ronan is a talented young actress who tends to be better than the movies she's in. And that tendency holds true with "Hanna," an unsteady thriller that staggers when it should sprint.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 8, 2011
I gave up trying to keep track of the plot and wondered, Just what the hell is going on here?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 8, 2011
Hanna is far from perfect but, courtesy of star Saoirse Ronan and director Joe Wright, it's one of those imperfect pictures that manages to command and hold our attention straight from the opening frames.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 8, 2011
The forced coming-of-age parable that filmmaker Joe Wright laces with fairy-tale symbolism is heavy-handed from the get-go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 8, 2011
The film is never more than an amalgamation of other movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 8, 2011
Is it a great movie? No. Nagging questions and plot holes start appearing the minute the endorphins and adrenaline wear off. But it isn't a bad one, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 8, 2011
This J.V. "Salt" is effective only for a few minutes at a time, in some occasionally ripping action scenes set to a vivid Chemical Brothers score.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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William Goss
Film.com
April 7, 2011
An intriguing enough remix of well-established assassin-on-the-run routine whose greatest asset is its young star.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
April 7, 2011
It's a feast for the eyes, but we're still hungry.
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
April 7, 2011
"Hanna" is, on a certain level, ridiculous. But the way Mr. Wright conjures his images and parcels out his narrative is hypnotic and so seductive that wherever the film is heading we want to follow.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 7, 2011
A movie that, in the end, is no smarter than any other run-of-the-mill cinematic death fest, just grimmer, bleaker and sadder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
April 7, 2011
Too concerned with looking adult than being mature, and that's a death sentence for an action wannabe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
April 7, 2011
A chase-thriller for the art-house crowd, Hanna is brisk, satisfying and often surprising.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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April 7, 2011
Although its camera moves are fluid and its art direction elegant, Hanna doesn't travel anyplace unusual. The point of all its battling is just to battle.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 7, 2011
"Hanna" is almost a terrific movie, or a partly terrific one, but all its giddy, improvised wonder resolves into nothing more than a ruthless, symmetrical story about a murderous monster.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 7, 2011
It's only when Ronan takes over that the film discovers a still, focused center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 7, 2011
In the end there might not be much to this tale other than titillation, but there's plenty to be said for Ms. Ronan, who was the best thing about "Atonement" and holds her ground against forceful screen presences like Ms. Blanchett and Mr. Bana.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 7, 2011
The film is an uneven affair, good enough that you wish it had fully succeeded.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 7, 2011
Hanna rocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 7, 2011
There is not a single moment in the new film that is not striking or smartly put together or just plain considered. Wright leaves nothing to chance. I don't know that there's a better way to smother a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 7, 2011
The film exists in a peculiar no-man's land between Hollywood and art.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 7, 2011
Because they have nothing to gain from this, logic would dictate that they just stay put, but then the movie couldn't turn into a live-action video game with a preteen piling up bodies like Rambo.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 7, 2011
"Hanna" presents the problem of the well-made diversion that is, at its core, repellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 7, 2011
This fairy tale may be Grimm, but it's also quite gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 7, 2011
Hanna is a fairy tale of lightning speed, gritty action and shocking gravity, all driven by the electronic beat of a hypnotic score by the Chemical Brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 7, 2011
If the late director Krzysztof Kieslowski had made a mainstream film, it might have looked a lot like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 7, 2011
Wright combines his two genres into a stylish exercise that perversely includes some sentiment and insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 6, 2011
The fact that Ronan is this good at this young age is what's truly frightening here.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 6, 2011
It's Ronan who carries the film. She got a best-supporting-actress Oscar nomination for Wright's "Atonement," but here she's asked to do much more, and she nails it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 6, 2011
A picture-book story about complicated daddies, wicked stepmothers, and daughters who learn to be brave in the dark woods.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
April 6, 2011
"Hanna" is kinetic, vibrant, sometimes a completely insane adventure; one of the best times you'll have at the movies this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
April 6, 2011
Despite its 21st-century trappings and proto-feminist protagonist, Hanna strangely reverts to reactionary politics as usual.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 6, 2011
An intriguing, original thriller that owes as much of a debt to the likes of Frankenstein, the Brothers Grimm, David Lynch, and A Clockwork Orange as to The Professional and The Bourne Identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 6, 2011
The result is unbearable junk. What went wrong? Just about everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 6, 2011
Heart missed, but spine tingled.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
April 5, 2011
The surprising thing about Hanna is that for the first hour and change, it kind of makes you like the bill of goods it's selling...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
March 30, 2011
Joe Wright's Hanna is an exuberantly crafted chase thriller that pulses with energy from its adrenaline-pumping first minutes to its muted bang of a finish.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
March 30, 2011
Wright has got plenty of moves, but they seem applied rather than organic, noticeable in their own right rather than an inevitable part of the overall fabric.