Jack Reacher Reviews

Anthony Lane
New Yorker
Top Critic
January 21, 2013

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

Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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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
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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December 24, 2012

Jack Reacher already feels as if it belongs to another era.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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December 24, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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December 24, 2012

A workmanlike action thriller, competent but never particularly thrilling.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Kois
Slate
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December 24, 2012

Jack Reacher is an absurdly self-confident, sociopathically laser-focused detective-bot. That is to say, he's a hero that only Tom Cruise could love.

Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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December 23, 2012

The dialogue is often unintentionally funny and Cruise's performance is all wrong.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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December 21, 2012

This movie is a turkey gone rancid.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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December 21, 2012

Werner Herzog, better known as one of the finest living directors, plays a bad guy with Teutonic relish. If he doesn't watch it, he'll have a whole other career for himself playing dead-eyed villains.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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December 21, 2012

This is brisk, attention-grabbing, and generally unpretentious -- basically an old noir programmer inflated to blockbuster proportions.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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December 21, 2012

It only ends up reminding us of how much better Cruise's riskier, more personal work - particularly his outside-the-box performances in pictures like "Tropic Thunder," "Magnolia" and "Rock of Ages" - truly is.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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December 21, 2012

Reacher is limited by a lack of originality and hampered by thematic clichés and generic action sequences.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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December 21, 2012

Cruise is too mature, diminutive and fine-looking for the role, even if he has gym-sculpted abs, which he manages to show off.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Long
Detroit News
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December 21, 2012

See Tom fight. See Tom shoot. See Tom in some other movie.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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December 21, 2012

It's touching beyond measure to see an ex-jarhead and a former soldier putting aside their differences in a display of mutual respect, understanding and shooting bad guys in the face.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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December 21, 2012

A wildly ill-advised miscalculation, with Cruise's virtually unstoppable appeal butting uncomfortably against Reacher's alternately cocky and downright crude cynicism.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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December 20, 2012

An average action film, made slightly better by Cruise, and more bizarre by Herzog, and more watchable by Pike, but still within the average range, a silk purse that still says oink.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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December 20, 2012

No worse and maybe a little better than most of the vigilante movies that clutter the multiplex.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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December 20, 2012

As the details mount, and the star does what stars do, it starts to seem like a good bag of potato chips. There's no nutritional value, but darned if you don't keep eating.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Stephanie Zacharek
NPR
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December 20, 2012

The picture is joyless and perfunctory. Call it Mission: Possible.

Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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December 20, 2012

My enjoyment of Jack Reacher winds up outweighing my dislike, but it was a bumpy road to get there.

Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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December 20, 2012

The movie is muscle-car chase-scene Chevy heaven, with Reacher tearing around in a cherry vintage Chevelle.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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December 20, 2012

This movie is the height of by-the-book dullness.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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December 20, 2012

The actor can do cool and calculating, it's the meaning behind it that never flickers to life. "Jack Reacher" plays like Cruise on cruise control.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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December 20, 2012

[Cruise] doesn't turn in his finest work, frankly, but he's still a solid presence who holds together an otherwise generic thriller.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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December 20, 2012

The violence is plenty, and pointless.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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December 20, 2012

There's a fine line between macho wish fulfillment and delusional fantasy, and "Jack Reacher" crosses it.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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December 20, 2012

What the movie sorely needs is a more intriguing detective - a hero human enough to sometimes make mistakes.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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December 20, 2012

It's intended to expand a popular fiction franchise into film, but the workmanlike direction of Christopher McQuarrie, although sporadically entertaining, may doom this flick to one-off status.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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December 20, 2012

The self-confident, supercompetent Reacher is a character Mr. Cruise could play in his sleep, which is pretty much what he does.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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December 20, 2012

"Jack Reacher" does its work sleekly and well.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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December 20, 2012

Jack Reacher isn't much of a man, and Jack Reacher isn't the story of a man. It's mythmaking for self-satisfied sociopaths.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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December 19, 2012

This film is deader than the corpses that litter the screen.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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December 18, 2012

Even when the film is cool, it manages to be wrong.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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December 18, 2012

Besides being a mind teaser, "Jack Reacher" offers the muscular thrills of a `70s action flick ...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
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December 18, 2012

Logic is rarely the point in movies like this (and the novels that inspire them). There's much to enjoy here ...

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
December 18, 2012

This is Cruise's show. And he nails it. The patented smile is gone, replaced by a glower that makes Jack Reacher a dark and dazzling ride into a new kind of hell.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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December 18, 2012

It's hard not to laugh.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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December 14, 2012

Jack Reacher stumbles around looking for a unifying narrative tone, while the star soldiers on, offering up his generic action-hero stance of calm, opaque concentration.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
December 10, 2012

Tom Cruise is in fine form.

Peter Debruge
Variety
Top Critic
December 10, 2012

Whereas the hyperkinetic actor looks best on the run, Reacher is a slow-moving, six-and-a-half-foot enforcer -- the kind of guy Cruise should be outwitting, not playing.