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Killer Elite (2011)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 122
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 91

A rote, utterly disposable Jason Statham vehicle that just happens to have Clive Owen and Robert De Niro in it.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 22

A rote, utterly disposable Jason Statham vehicle that just happens to have Clive Owen and Robert De Niro in it.



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A match-up made in tough-guy heaven -- Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro star in Killer Elite. Based on a shocking true story, Killer Elite pits two of the world's most elite operatives - Danny, an ex-special ops agent (Jason Statham) and Hunter, his longtime mentor (Robert De Niro) - against the cunning leader of a secret military society (Clive Owen). Covering the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East, Danny and Hunter are plunged into a highly dangerous game of


Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

Gary McKendry

Jan 10, 2012


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All Critics (122) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (91)

I had a reasonably good time, on the whole...

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)
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Jason Statham cements status as top-level action star.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Richard | Comments (3)
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De Niro, in what amounts to an extended cameo, is radically miscast. That's still no excuse for his nonperformance, which is beyond lackluster.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (6)
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Statham is just good enough to make one wish he'd challenge himself.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Jason Statham is enjoyable enough to watch that he can occasionally make one forget just how silly and dull a movie like Killer Elite really is.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR | Comment (1)
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The movie's not stupid. And that makes it more than bearable and often a little fun.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (4)
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It doesn't ask much of the audience, and nor should it: This is a series of pictures of men planning, running, punching, shooting, kicking and scowling at each other.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

A cartoony and messy narrative that is mostly style over substance.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

"Killer Elite" came close to earning a recommendation, but because of the problems with the script and a bit of a drawn-out storyline, it didn't quite get there.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source:

The Killer Elite is a flabby, cheap looking, mess that has a saving grace in the performance of Deniro.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

McKendry doesn't pull off either the action nor the drama to any satisfaction.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source:

While it promised to rock us like a hurricane, Killer Elite instead bores us with action movie clichés aplenty and uninspired action sequences.

February 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

It's an extraordinary (and almost plausible) story, and we can only wish that the filmmakers had told it better ... a great cast and plenty of tension, action and gunfire, but unless you know the basic story it is rather confusing, jumpy and jumbled

February 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Fascinating but often frustrating, this Australian co-production rips along at a frenetic pace with edge-of-seat thrills as the action hots up, but loses its sizzle by a jumpy, clumsy screenplay and direction

February 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Far more than just another Transporter clone, and far less than the sum of its parts, the result is an oddity you couldn't make up.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source:

Stale and bland, Killer Elite is an emotionless, assembly-line actioner with little to keep even the hardest of hardcore fans interested.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD uncompromising, better-than-average actioner that gets the job done on an impressively consistent basis.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

a theatrical release with the star power behind this movie should have delivered something much better

January 11, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Even die-hard De Niro fans may be disappointed in his choice this time around. 'Killer Elite' does indeed present an ensemble of terrific actors trying to kill each other. Problem is, this adds up to a serviceable actioner but nothing more.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

While not an elite action film, and overall disappointing, its stars compliment a witty script, a couple of cool fight scenes, and exotic locales.

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The film works well enough, despite the twisted plot, because of some nice performances by a talented cast and some well-staged action scenes.

October 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

[Jason Statham] may be going the way of Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Gary McKendry's 1980s period piece is admirably hard-nosed, but hamstrung by its rather routine action sequences and its utterly clichéd 'meaningful' dialogue ('Killing isn't hard. Living with it is,' intones Statham).

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Can't even manage the not-terribly-artful task of being a good "Jason Statham growls and beats people up" picture.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The Killer Elite was one of Sam Peckinpah's worst movies, but even that 1975 dud was better than this.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

I don't know which is more risible: Clive Owen's mustache, which would have been the envy of any 70s-era porn star, or the fact that someone as tough and charismatic as Owen could possibly be saddled with the name Spike.

October 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Killer Elite

Some exciting bits and a superficially intriguing plot, complemented by passable acting from Statham and Owen (not to mention De Niro, on his way into the sunset), but about halfway through I just got bored. It had what appeared to be a fine ending around the 1:15 mark - might have left some plot holes, but I was ready for it to end - after which it continued wending its way toward a nearly two-hour runtime. Good effort, pleasing to watch, but in all it's the epitome of mediocrity.
January 4, 2014

Super Reviewer

A retired black ops killer for hire is pulled back into the business when his friend is held hostage by an oil sheikh seeking retribution against the SAS for assassinating his sons. On the surface of it, Killer Elite is very much an example of business as usual for Jason Statham in what appears to be just another bone-headed but watchably efficient, testosterone-fuelled action thriller. What marks it out from the majority of Statham's action canon is the above par cast and the fact that the implausible plot is actually based on true events. This fact gives the film more credibility than it would have and as so becomes far more interesting. The result is kind of like The Bank Job meets Mission Impossible and thanks to the strong action sequences and watchable stars it's strangely compelling despite some dubious casting decisions. Undeserving of the critical savaging it suffered on its release, Killer Elite should satisfy action junkies and those looking for a more off-beat political thriller both.
December 24, 2013
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With a a messy script full of expository dialogue, confusing motivations and plot holes, this uninteresting and generic movie is also only able to move forward by relying on stupid characters who are no more a killer elite than a bunch of incompetent amateurs.
December 25, 2012

Super Reviewer

An excellent and explosive action film that puts story, substance and characters before the spectacle. A strong, edgy, solid and powerful movie. It packs some intense punch and great character development. It`s smart, hard-boiled, intense and wickedly entertaining. A top-notch action-packed edge of your seat thriller. A heat-seeking missal of a roller-coaster ride that dosent stop. A riveting, thrilling and utterly breathtaking movie. A tremendously enjoyable film that`s loaded with heart-pounding suspense and non-stop action. This movie was nothing but flat-out awesome from start to finish. It`s the real deal. Director, Gary McKendrys fiery directional debut is nothing short of sensational work. The all-star cast takes the cake with their powerhouse performances. Jason Statham is at his absolute best, giving an outstanding performance. Clive Owen is magnificent. Robert De Niro is fantastic. De Niro, Owen and Statham are amazing in this film adding alot of strengths to their characters and develop them very well. An unforgettable adrenaline-rush.
October 30, 2012

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    1. Davies: Show me a good looking woman and I'll show you a man that's sick of her shit...
    – Submitted by John B (2 years ago)
    1. Spike: This ends today.
    – Submitted by Jeffers K (2 years ago)
    1. Danny Bryce: You and I got a lot in common.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Hunter: I gotta cover my expenses.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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