Jack Reacher Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Plain, cleanly directed meat-and-potatoes action filmmaking that aspires to competence and simplicity. A nice change of pace.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 13, 2013
Usually McQuarrie keeps things light, letting us enjoy the fantasy of one man defending himself against five enemies with nothing but his fists.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
May 7, 2013
Christopher McQuarrie's Jack Reacher is that rare blend of hard-hitting action and smooth-talking dialogue that makes for an entertaining film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
May 5, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 3, 2013
A violent adaptation of the bestselling novels about an Iraq War veteran turned vigilante investigator.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 24, 2013
...a better-than-average modern-day thriller that hopefully marks the start of a promising new series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
February 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 3, 2013
'Jack Reacher' is a lot smarter than you've been led to believe by the ads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
January 21, 2013
There is a dogged leanness to Reacher's pursuit that lifts his adventures from the generic rut ...
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
January 20, 2013
Another notch on Tom Cruise's action hero belt and demonstrates why he is still one the most bankable action men in Hollywood
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 16, 2013
This is solid, enjoyable, formula-driven stuff designed to self-replicate into a film series, nothing more - and there's nothing wrong with that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
January 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
January 6, 2013
(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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
January 6, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle
January 4, 2013
Ultimately, the film rises and falls on Cruise's aggressively magnetic performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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
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