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Jack Reacher (2012)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 168
Fresh: 103 | Rotten: 65

Jack Reacher is an above-average crime thriller with a smoothly charismatic performance from Tom Cruise.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 24

Jack Reacher is an above-average crime thriller with a smoothly charismatic performance from Tom Cruise.



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Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. He knows this shooter-a trained military sniper who never should have missed a shot. Reacher is certain something is not right-and soon the slam-dunk case explodes. Now Reacher is teamed with a


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Christopher McQuarrie

May 7, 2013


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All Critics (168) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (103) | Rotten (65)

There is a dogged leanness to Reacher's pursuit that lifts his adventures from the generic rut ...

January 21, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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If Cruise's fantasy superhero garners as many staunch fans ... we may be witnessing the birth of a new franchise.

January 2, 2013 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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Jack Reacher already feels as if it belongs to another era.

December 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Vulture
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A clumsily condensed mystery/thriller novel made into a movie that offers little more than every other clumsily condensed mystery/thriller novel made into a movie.

December 24, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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A workmanlike action thriller, competent but never particularly thrilling.

December 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The dialogue is often unintentionally funny and Cruise's performance is all wrong.

December 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard
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Usually McQuarrie keeps things light, letting us enjoy the fantasy of one man defending himself against five enemies with nothing but his fists.

July 13, 2013 Full Review Source:

Christopher McQuarrie's Jack Reacher is that rare blend of hard-hitting action and smooth-talking dialogue that makes for an entertaining film.

May 7, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Cruise does his best to keep a straight face and make himself halfway believable as a brainy roughhouser - think of a less intense Jason Bourne - but ridiculous plotting undermines his efforts.

May 7, 2013 Full Review Source: OK! Magazine
OK! Magazine

McQuarrie deftly intermixes observations on human nature - aware that in life, as in all great mysteries, people are not so easily described as "killer" and "victim." Part of why you root for Jack Reacher is his empathy for these foibles and follies.

May 5, 2013 Full Review Source:

Jack Reacher revolves around wild impossibilities and baffling motivations, and the conclusion is a whopper that outdoes everything I've discussed above.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

Another macho loner fights for justice

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

A violent adaptation of the bestselling novels about an Iraq War veteran turned vigilante investigator.

March 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

...a better-than-average modern-day thriller that hopefully marks the start of a promising new series.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Cruise may be getting older, but he's still the best action star in Hollywood. "Jack Reacher" is typical of the kind of smart choices he's making these days. We could really use more films like this one.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

'Jack Reacher' is a lot smarter than you've been led to believe by the ads.

February 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

It's easy to like the idea of a Jack Reacher movie; it takes a little more effort to like the one writer-director Christopher McQuarrie (who penned 'The Usual Suspect's) has made.

February 2, 2013 Full Review Source: KC Active
KC Active

Another notch on Tom Cruise's action hero belt and demonstrates why he is still one the most bankable action men in Hollywood

January 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

This is solid, enjoyable, formula-driven stuff designed to self-replicate into a film series, nothing more - and there's nothing wrong with that.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Reacher is a fascinating character, to be sure, both a virtuous crusader for justice and a cold-blooded killer. Here's hoping that any future big-screen installments might develop those conflicted sides into something with a darker edge.

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source:

An often outlandish, overly talky crime-procedural drama that seems like a vanity project its marquee star must have wanted to do with his director buddy while waiting for their next "Mission Impossible" collaboration.

January 9, 2013 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

So long as you accept that the twain will never meet between the film and book versions of Jack Reacher, you should be able to enjoy each exclusively if not necessarily as a compliment to one another.

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source:

(Cruise)... is assisted by a fine supporting cast that includes, besides Pike, Jenkins and Herzog, David Owelolo, Jai Courtney and Cruise's old buddy, the great Robert Duvall who, at age 81, continues to amaze.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: MediaMikes

Unless you cast Yao Ming as Bilbo Baggins, what bearing does height have on a characterisation? Thank Christ that Cruise has an unwavering sense of self, as Jack Reacher is old school action dynamite.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

Ultimately, the film rises and falls on Cruise's aggressively magnetic performance.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Jack Reacher

By-the-numbers standard crime thriller, with Cruise as the tough-as-nails investigator (leaned out 21st century style with no traditional trench coat, no traditional whiskey in the bottom desk drawer of a crummy second floor office, no traditional smokes, only plenty of whoop ass), Rosamund Pike as the babe (shimmering) and, of course, the usual cast of suspects.
Served hot.
April 19, 2014

Super Reviewer

The law has limits. He does not.

Very Good Movie! In truth Tom Cruise is very good in this role, the movie is fast paced and action packed, the writing is cleaver and spot on, so to those who would continue to pan this movie I say lighten up and relax. This was a very good movie, Tom Cruise was good in the lead role, the several one-liners were very cleaver and kept a sense of humor in a plot with plenty of violence and too close for comfort realism. This movie was good, it was entertaining, well acted, and should be viewed and enjoyed by all who watch it.

In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But instead of confessing, the accused man writes the words, "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for.
December 13, 2013
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

I can think of a few actors who could have played Jack Reacher just as well as Tom Crusie did but that said I thought he did a great job. I've not read the book so I can't make a comparison but I thought the story was thrilling and very clever. People who read my reviews will not be surprised at what I liked about it most, and I've been saying it for years, Werner Herzog can play the ultimate bad guy. This is all the proof you need. Every scene he's in he chills to the bone and you believe in him and believe the horrible things he's done and is going to do. The ending is very clever and well written. A very pleasant surprise!
September 27, 2013

Super Reviewer

I watched this, even though I hate Tom Cruise. Was this supposed to be an action comedy? I could not take it seriously at all. Maybe Tom Cruise tried too hard? I don't know. The acting was bad, the storyline was underdeveloped, and the action sequences were hard not to chuckle at. Some of the dialogue in this made me roll my eyes. I really did try to keep my mind open here, and give it a chance. Guess what? I still hate Tom Cruise....
September 2, 2013

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    1. Jack Reacher: Take the girl.
    – Submitted by Evan A (9 months ago)
    1. Jack Reacher: Pay your cheque first.
    2. Jeb: I'll pay later.
    3. Jack Reacher: You won't be able to.
    4. Jeb: You think?
    5. Jack Reacher: All the time. You should try it.
    – Submitted by Bogdan G (12 months ago)
    1. Jack Reacher: Yout think I'm a hero? I am not a hero. I'm a drifter with nothing to lose.
    – Submitted by Bryan O (13 months ago)
    1. Emerson: Awkward meeting you.
    2. Jack Reacher: Likewise.
    – Submitted by Evan M (15 months ago)
    1. Emerson: A stitch in time saves nine.
    – Submitted by Tom C (15 months ago)
    1. Jack Reacher: How about the inside of an ambulance?
    – Submitted by Peter G (15 months ago)
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