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Haywire (2012)


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 181
Fresh: 145
Rotten: 36

Critics Consensus: MMA star and first-time actress Gina Carano displays ample action-movie chops in Haywire, a fast-paced thriller with a top-notch cast and outstanding direction from Steven Soderbergh.

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 37
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: MMA star and first-time actress Gina Carano displays ample action-movie chops in Haywire, a fast-paced thriller with a top-notch cast and outstanding direction from Steven Soderbergh.


Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 42,193


Movie Info

This dynamic action-thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh boasts a talented cast that includes Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas, Michael Angarano; and introduces MMA superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, in a demanding lead role that has her performing her own high-adrenaline stunts. Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. … More

R (for some violence)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Lem Dobbs
In Theaters:
May 1, 2012
Box Office:
Relativity Media - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Haywire

All Critics (181) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (145) | Rotten (36) | DVD (9)

Steven Soderbergh continues his occasional practice of using actors as found objects in his perfectly enjoyable formula action-thriller Haywire.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Mixed martial-arts star Carano puts major muscle, if minor acting ability, into this enjoyable action flick.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Top Critic

Carano is strong, fast, relentless. She's not much of an actress yet, but Soderbergh hides her weaknesses well...

Full Review… | January 24, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

There's a good deal of pleasure to be had in the clockwork precision of her hand-to-hand combat, which Soderbergh often shoots in profile to showcase her wall-climbing backflips.

Full Review… | January 23, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Carano is nothing special as an actress - but darned if it matters when she's supported by a killer screenplay, a sharp cast, and Steven Soderbergh's unmistakably sly, mordant direction.

Full Review… | January 21, 2012
Top Critic

If "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" was a fancy top-shelf cocktail, this is Polish vodka, neat.

Full Review… | January 20, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

It may seem like this is merely an exercise in style and to be honest, it is. Soderbergh's clearly fascinated by the physicality of Carano as a fighter and Haywire's sole reason for existence is to highlight those skills.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013

Soderbergh rocks this genre and Carano gives any male action star a run for his money.

Full Review… | September 25, 2013

I bet Soderbergh secretly considers this one of his favorite films.

Full Review… | July 2, 2013

A maze that keeps leading to surprising places.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Austin American-Statesman

A lean and vastly entertaining picture.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Haywire rips along at a fair old pace, crunches all the right bones and is capable of drawing sharp intakes of breath during the fantastic fight scenes, so in that regard, Steven Soderbergh can call it a success.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013

"Don't think of her as a woman. That would be a mistake," says an s.o.b. late in this sexy, jazzy exercise, and he couldn't be more wrong. The action film as a love letter to a lethal goddess.

November 5, 2012
Projection Booth

Haywires shortcomings don't detract from the minute to minute onscreen ride - featuring Carano's fresh (and uncompromising) action work.

Full Review… | October 1, 2012

The film does have style, but unfortunately the focus on that element seems to have come at too much of a cost.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012

Haywire is a Bourne Identity-inspired spy vs. spy action flick that isn't quite the kick in the head it should be.

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
We Got This Covered

It's impressive that something so utterly familiar can feel this refreshing. This is Le Samourai for the Steven Seagal crowd.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

Gina Carano manages to display swift blows and quick thinking as well as masterful kicks to the guts of her enemies while retaining a sensuality that is just bold and absolutely irresistible.

Full Review… | August 8, 2012
Cinema Crazed

Steven Soderbergh devised the film especially for his kickboxing champion leading lady Gina Carano, who kicks her way through a line of leading men, all coming off a poor second best.

Full Review… | July 21, 2012
Urban Cinefile

If you're a fan of the action-thriller genre, Soderbergh superbly nails what thrills it takes for those films to work so well.

Full Review… | July 17, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The movie is really only bursting at the seams during its fight scenes. Instead of rapid-fire cutting to accentuate the danger, the camera just stops and pays witness to the action.

Full Review… | June 1, 2012

... we just wait for her to click back into fight mode. Her body language tells us more about her character than any dialogue exchange.

Full Review… | May 19, 2012

Haywire is a tired spy thriller that meshes the three styles of Steven Soderbergh - pop, clinical and indie - into one messy, sometimes dull B-movie.

Full Review… | May 17, 2012

While it remains to be seen where Carano goes from here in her film career, she certainly makes a memorable and quality first impression.

Full Review… | May 6, 2012

Audience Reviews for Haywire


When a freelance black ops agent is betrayed by her employer she must evade capture by both the police and her erstwhile colleagues whilst tracking down the traitor to exact revenge. The plot to Haywire will never win any awards for originality but Steven Soderbergh's foray into Bourne territory is a nicely taut, no frills exercise in cold war style action that is a million miles from the glitz and bonhomie of the Ocean's franchise. He has clearly been watching the likes of From Russia With Love and Get Carter as the film has a very old school feel, with some bone crunching and brutal fight scenes. The striking but not implausibly beautiful Gina Carano is completely believable in her part as a tough as nails, no-nonsense she-Bond who is a coldly professional hard case who also happens to be a woman. The rest of the quality ensemble cast are also very solid, although I did feel that the unavoidably likeable Ewan McGregor was rather miscast in his part and Tatum appears and disappears again without warning and seemed only to be there as an excuse for some narrative flashbacks. These are relatively minor points though as Haywire is a quality post-Bourne thriller that harks back to Soderbergh's early career as cinematographer to the Coen brothers and is one of his better efforts of late.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


Everyone is in this movie. Seriously. It's a fun ride, with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing.

Julie B

Super Reviewer

What a pile of rubbish, it had a very odd pace, with long terrible music to go with the fight scenes that look scripted rather than a realistic look!

It was boring and uninteresting!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


'Haywire'. A stripped down revenge tale with enough of a convoluted plot to carry the action forward. A fine vehicle for Gina Carano's talents.


Super Reviewer

Haywire Quotes

You should not think of her as a woman. That would be a mistake.
– Submitted by 'Sky W (2 years ago)
Mr. Kane:
She called to tell me she was going to Barcelona.
What did she say?
Mr. Kane:
I'm going to Barcelona.
– Submitted by Wayne S (2 years ago)
I'm assuming the motive of everyone involved is strictly professional.
Paul, the motive is money. The motive is always money...
– Submitted by Tysha L (2 years ago)
There's a deer in the car.
– Submitted by Jeremy F (2 years ago)
Now we've got ourselves a real twizzler here.
– Submitted by Moe J (2 years ago)
You're the eye.
– Submitted by Jonathan R (2 years ago)

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