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The Mechanic (2011)


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 156
Fresh: 82
Rotten: 74

Critics Consensus: Jason Statham and Ben Foster turn in enjoyable performances, but this superficial remake betrays them with mind-numbing violence and action thriller cliches.

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: Jason Statham and Ben Foster turn in enjoyable performances, but this superficial remake betrays them with mind-numbing violence and action thriller cliches.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 56,729


Movie Info

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a 'mechanic' - an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed - he wants those responsible dead.

His mission grows complicated when Harry's son Steve (Ben … More

R (for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Karl Gajdusek
In Theaters:
May 17, 2011
Box Office:
CBS Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Mechanic

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (82) | Rotten (74) | DVD (5)

Statham, he of the chiseled physique and sexily receding hairline, holds his own here, doing what he has to in scenes and no more -- which is perfect for a movie like this.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Top Critic

The Mechanic is like a Beretta loaded with blanks -- quick and brutal but ultimately empty.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
New York Observer
Top Critic

Clinging to false heroism and terrified of anything too dark, The Mechanic is a tough-guy movie for wimps.

Full Review… | February 19, 2011
Top Critic

Statham is a model of control; he's steely and graceful in his action scenes, and his interplay with the wiry Foster delivers the goods.

Full Review… | February 7, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

The new stunts are explosive, over-the-top and a sign of the times -- action fans aren't happy these days, it seems, unless at least one scene involves a jackknifing 18-wheeler and a fireball.

Full Review… | January 29, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Betrayal, sympathy and regret are central to the story, but there's hardly any room for such feelings amid the clockwork carnage.

Full Review… | January 28, 2011
Top Critic

A brainless and easily-forgettable thriller.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Somewhat faithful to the original, but a stupendously violent fiasco that weasels its way into being unlikable.

Full Review… | January 23, 2013
Movie Nation

[Simon West] goes for headshots, stabbings and other dispatches that are the antithesis of modern PG-13 action filmmaking.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012
The Aristocrat

If you're looking for substance, character development, and an engaging storyline, you'll sadly be disappointed as this film is seriously lacking in all three of those areas.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012

Statham has slowly become this generations' Bruce Willis, combining a quiet and sly screen persona with the ability to kick major ass when called upon

Full Review… | August 16, 2011

The Mechanic will be a decent time-killer for Statham fans, but it's another black mark against the name of director Simon West.

Full Review… | July 21, 2011
The Standard

... a minor pleasure to see an action film that makes a virtue of lean, mean action stripped to the essence.

Full Review… | May 26, 2011

A passable, but emotionally empty, action film that fails to capitalize on its interesting characters.

Full Review… | May 16, 2011

Jason Statham is quickly becoming the 21st century's Bruce Willis -- I am convinced that when the apocalypse comes, the only things left surviving on the planet will be cockroaches and this Derbyshire-born bloke.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011

It never pretends like it's going to be anything more or better than what you expect, and it never gives you anything less than totally entertaining gun blasting, car crashing and face smashing. Lots of it.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

In the end, The Mechanic proves that while revenge is a dish best served cold, revenge movies are best served with fire in the belly.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
FILMINK (Australia)

If you enjoy senseless and creative slaughter, the sound of gunfire, the sweet embrace of explosions and the well-muscled-testicle-like visage of Jason Statham, then this movie may well be for you.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
The Vine

Statham has my respect for two reasons: 1) he's one of the few remaining action stars who isn't claiming his pension, and 2) he has yet to star in a Disney movie in which he must babysit projectile-vomiting children.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

Statham convincingly breaks faces with effortless ease. It's as if he studied at The Lee Strasberg Institute of Badassery. He is the Stanislavski of neck-stomping.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

Some slack was needed for hard edged thriller The Mechanic to truly blossom into a thing of brutal beauty, rather than the cold action film presented before us.

Full Review… | March 21, 2011
Matt's Movie Reviews

It's a boys' movie with a big bang finish

Full Review… | March 21, 2011
Urban Cinefile

The assassin gets a conscience in this fast-paced action thriller that offers a few interesting twists between its huge stunts,"

Full Review… | March 21, 2011
Urban Cinefile

Am I the only one who wouldn't mind seeing Jason Statham play something besides a coolly efficient butt kicking machine?

Full Review… | March 6, 2011
Houston Press

Audience Reviews for The Mechanic

three stars

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer


The Mechanic is very similar to The Transporter. Same loner doing jobs without asking questions. In this case, instead of transporting, he is killing. The problem is when the questions won't go away.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

A stylish, heart-pounding and super-charged action-packed thriller. A smart, gripping, intense and exhilarating thrill-ride loaded with break-neck suspense and explosive action from start to finish. It will keep you guessing right to the end with every explosive twist and turn It has plenty of gun-fights, eye-popping stunts and intense fights. This movie packs a wallop. A strong and compelling story with great character development. It's sharp, well-crafted, exceptionally performed and right-on target. A full-throttle, wickedly entertaining and cool as hell action flick. Jason Statham and Ben Foster are electrifying, these two are kicking ass and delivering strong performances together. It's their most compelling roles yet. A stunning and ultra-charged adrenaline-rush that delivers insanely. It's a film that packs just as much star power as it does fire-power. This is one hell of an exhilarating action flick that you don't want to miss. It's fierce, thrilling and intensely unpredictable. I loved it.

Al S

Super Reviewer


A decent action film that just so happens to be starring Jason Statham. You really cant pick The Mechanic out from a crowd of other cliche action thrillers but it is still an entertaining movie. Though the pacing and editing were a bit poor, the movie still works.

Chris Miele

Super Reviewer

The Mechanic Quotes

Harry McKenna:
You're a goddamn machine. You see things. You view people differently than I do, differently than anybody does. But you have a problem, Arthur. You need companionship.
Arthur Bishop:
I have you Harry
Harry McKenna:
Oh, then you're in deeper shit than I thought.
– Submitted by Evan T (3 months ago)
Dean Sanderson:
I'm going to put a price on your head so big, that when you look in the mirror your reflection's gonna want to shoot you in the face.
– Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
Arthur Bishop:
Good judgment comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgment.
– Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)

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