Jack Reacher Reviews

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 4, 2013

A less robotic lead would have been appreciated, but McQuarrie has delivered an efficient action-crime film with Reacher as the sort of unstoppable, ultracompetent reluctant hero once played on the B-movie circuit by Chuck Norris.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
January 4, 2013

CSI: Tom Cruise

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
January 3, 2013

Rosamund Pike's underwritten role mostly requires her to goggle at Reacher's deductive genius and swoon at his pecs, but even if Jack Reacher won't leave nonpartisan viewers weak at the knees it still delivers straightforward genre thrills.

Simon Foster
Screen-Space
January 3, 2013

As the melodrama unfolds, Jack Reacher might occasionally feel like a minor work in Tom Cruise's filmography; hindsight may reveal it to be one of his most accomplished and defining characterisations.

Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
Top Critic
January 2, 2013

If Cruise's fantasy superhero garners as many staunch fans ... we may be witnessing the birth of a new franchise.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
January 2, 2013

He may not look the way Lee Child described him in his books, but for movie fans Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
December 31, 2012

Jack Reacher tips constantly into self-parody and doesn't know how to signal it, like someone trying to wink at you without the benefit of eyelids.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
December 30, 2012

[Cruise] seems more overreacher than Reacher, while the dependable Jenkins and the seductive Pike drift through the action with nothing to get a purchase on.

Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 29, 2012

The acting is very strong in this film and the action scenes are handled well. The story is fairly standard, but the characters are not, particularly Reacher, who is very mysterious and interesting.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Pete Vonder Haar
Houston Press
December 28, 2012

I know I'm not the only one who appreciates a lack of ambiguity when watching a dude get his testicles crushed.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Terry Staunton
Radio Times
December 27, 2012

A workmanlike caper that makes for an underwhelming start to a potential franchise.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
December 27, 2012

Cruise delivers on the action front and the script from Usual Suspects writer Chris McQuarrie, who is also on directing duty, gives proceedings just the right level of knowing humour.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]
December 27, 2012

It delivers some refreshingly dark down-to-earth crime action.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
December 27, 2012

[A] flaccid thriller adapted by Christopher McQuarrie from Lee Child's series of novels.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 27, 2012

It's high-gloss tripe with noir pretensions.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
December 26, 2012

What's missing? Chutzpah.

Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
December 26, 2012

There's no room for Reacher in modern cinema's action crowd.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
December 26, 2012

Child's more open-minded readers and those unfamiliar with his ex-military hero can rest assured that Cruise's Reacher is a character of considerable screen substance.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
December 26, 2012

Entertaining thriller that serves up an unusual but effective blend of cheese and violence ...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
December 25, 2012

Cruise has created a protagonist that is full of personality. He has a sharp sense of humour (evidenced in so many scenes) and a smart, calculating mind.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
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