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Parker (2013)

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41

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 61

Jason Statham is game as usual, but Parker is a thoroughly generic and convoluted heist movie.

41

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 16

Jason Statham is game as usual, but Parker is a thoroughly generic and convoluted heist movie.

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Set amidst the unparalleled wealth and glamor of Palm Beach, Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez team up to get their cut in the crime thriller PARKER based on the series of bestselling novels by Donald E. Westlake. The film is directed by Academy Award (R) nominee Taylor Hackford (Ray) and also stars Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce (HBO's The Wire) and Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte. (c) Film District

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May 21, 2013

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All Critics (103) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (61)

Overall, it gets by, but bets are hedged when single-minded efficiency and ice in the veins would have been enough.

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A cool, violent, efficient adaptation of the taciturn anti-hero (the creation of Donald E. Westlake, writing as Richard Stark), who's out to restore order in a bloody world in his own bloody way.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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For an old-fashioned crime thriller, you need real pros. Mr. Statham is to acting what Taco Bell is to nutrition.

January 30, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Poster quote: "Parker," a film that's a little better than you'd expect!

January 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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Parker's vengeance isn't thrilling, there's a pointlessly developed non-love triangle, even the glam settings look cheap, and the tough-guy exchanges are inexplicably flat.

January 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Hollywood hasn't butchered Parker-which is to say that it has let him remain a butcher.

January 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Randomly in the future you'll come upon it late one night on Starz, watch twenty minutes or so, then change the channel.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

A little more energy behind the camera and a different leading lady and Parker could have been something great. As it stands it's a treat for Statham fans only.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

As a tasty but un-nourishing rehash, it's not bad.

July 13, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

The movie seems to suffer from a misguided attempt to chase the female demo.

May 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

The action flick doesn't do much to wow you, but keeps things exciting.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: COED.com
COED.com

Calling "Parker" run-of-the-mill insults the pleasures of the potboilers it's trying to emulate. It feels like the product of misfits who broke into a mill shuttered on the edge of town and fired up the machines without understanding how they work.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Parker is a functional enough actioner but lacks pizzazz.

May 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly
Sci-Fi Weekly

Hackford brings a sense of style and sure-handedness to the proceedings that is uncommon for films of this genre.

April 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Parker is well executed, ultimately entertaining and totally consumable but hardly groundbreaking as action thrillers go.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

Even adding Jennifer Lopez to the mix in time for her to strip and show off her infamous rear doesn't add much in the way of silver screen sizzle.

March 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Statham puts the fun back into discriminate, pornographic violence.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

If Statham harbours ambitions of making a career-defining action thriller, Parker has to be seen as another opportunity lost.

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

...to see [Lopez] wasted here, forced to behave girlishly and neurotically and eventually become a hostage, is insulting.

March 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

We like you, Jason. You're perfectly acceptable in near-silent, pseudo-Asian action nonsense. But you, sir, are no Lee Marvin.

March 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Hackford approaches his task as if he's seen one of the duffer Elmore Leonard movie adaptations of recent years, or at least had one described to him.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

The film has some bone-crunchingly good action sequences, one decent one-liner and it's all daftly watchable, but one suspects that this is more of a career high point for Statham than for Hackford.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Works well enough to prove [Statham] has more than physically demanding stunts in him.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Far better made than it has any right to be, this cheesy 70s-style thriller is given a thoroughly engaging kick by veteran filmmaker Hackford working outside his usual dramatic genre.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Slick, refined and so polished you can damn near make out your reflection on Statham's forehead.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

A mediocre, poorly paced thriller ...

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Audience Reviews for Parker

Parker is one of those films that look great on paper, but when it was put to celluloid, it simply didn't deliver. What we have here is a film that lacks in what it tries to do. The film is poorly constructed and the result is a mediocre movie that ends up being tiresome instead of entertaining and memorable. I really wanted to enjoy the film, but I felt that some members of the cast, especially Jennifer Lopez, who shouldn't act in the first place, brought the film down. Mix that with an undeveloped script and the result is a pointless action film that fails. What really is a shame is that, if given the write director, and a few rewrites, the film might have had a chance. However, that was not to be, and the finished film is just a boring action film with poor performances and in the long run, it's a forgettable affair that isn't worth your time. If you're expecting a good, entertaining film, you won't find it here. This film should have been good, and it could have, but it's a mediocre film, which just doesn't cut it. I love a good, mindless action yarn, but Parker tries far too hard at exceeding its limitations, and it comes up empty handed due to the lacking material that is given to the actors. One way to have improved on the film would have been to cast someone else in Lopez's role, and like I said, rewrite the script a bit so that everything would have had a nice flow, and in would have been a nicely thought out action film that would be entertaining from start to finish, instead of the poorly made mess that ends up being a not so satisfying film.
June 12, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Good movie for Jason Statham lovers like me. He is just so cool that even when the action gets implausible, you just shrug it off. It's pretty much Statham's show beginning to end, and he's the best thing going in the action genre these days...and he is nice to look at, too. :)
September 15, 2013
itsjustme2004

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Taylor Hackford decided to change things up and try his hand at a noir-ish crime thriller...and he really changes it up by casting Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez.


Oh boy, this is an odd mix. Is it honorable that he tried to do something different? Yeah. Unfortunately, this is a largely unremarkable thriller, and rather typical of Statham's recent output.

Based on one of the Richard Stark (Donald E. Westlake) "Parker" novels, we get a typical story of a thief who is betrayed and left for dead following a heist, recovers, then decides to go out for revenge.

This is as typical as it gets. At least it avoids having Statham hook up with Lopez. That was a nice touch. It's just a shame that the film is so uneven, especially with the tone. I appreciate a bit of humor with my action, but it doesn't really seem to gel that well here. Though, to her credit, Lopez is tolerable, and did sometimes get me to legitimately smile.

I was also surprised, in a good way, by the level of violence here. I mean yeah, I knew it was to be rated R, but it was more graphic and brutal at times than I was expecting...and I'm actually okay with that.

The film is watchable, and is pretty slick, and all that, but it feels far longer than it should be, and just kind of coasts along. Statham is fine, though pretty much doing more of what he always does. Like I said, Lopez is kinda funny, but it sticks out in a bad way. Chiklis is okay, but underused. Heck, all the main thugs are, which sucks considering that two of them are played by Clifton Collins, Jr. and Wendell Pierce. It also sucks that they wasted Bobby Cannavale.

All in all, this isn't a totally terrible film, but it is unfortunately just a routine and rather ho-hum thriller. See it if you want, but it's totally fine if you don't.
July 11, 2013
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Chris Weber

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    1. Leslie Rodgers: Well, it's large and black, Jake. Where do you think I like it?
    – Submitted by Rick D (14 months ago)
    1. Parker: It's not about the money, it's about the principle.
    – Submitted by Rick D (14 months ago)
    1. Leslie Rodgers: It's just bills.
    – Submitted by Jim D (17 months ago)
    1. Parker: When I say I'll going to do something I always follow through... always.
    – Submitted by Chris P (18 months ago)
    1. Parker: I don't steal from people who can't afford it, and I don't hurt people that don't deserve it.
    – Submitted by Chris P (18 months ago)
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