• Parker
    3 minutes 31 seconds
    Added: Oct 4, 2012


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Parker Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

March 5, 2013
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

February 4, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1/4

January 30, 2013
Laremy Legel
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Poster quote: "Parker," a film that's a little better than you'd expect!

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

January 28, 2013
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

January 28, 2013
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Hollywood hasn't butchered Parker-which is to say that it has let him remain a butcher.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 25, 2013
Peter Sobczynski
Chicago Sun-Times
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Although working with material that is lackluster even by his standards, Statham manages to demonstrate a commanding screen presence that cannot be dismissed.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 25, 2013
Rafer Guzman
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"Parker" winds up with the worst of both worlds: It's pointlessly violent and nauseatingly cute.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 0.5/4

January 25, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek
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You can use electricity to make ice, which is pretty much what Statham does in Taylor Hackford's jaggedly satisfying thriller, Parker.

Full Review Source: NPR

January 25, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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A formula action movie that hits its formula marks as if no one expected more. I do expect more. So do Westlake fans. This Parker spits in our collective eye.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1/4

January 25, 2013
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The movie is a morals-free procession of bang bang bang! and blood blood blood!, and men slamming each other with blunt objects and slicing each other with blades.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

January 25, 2013
James Berardinelli
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The action scenes are crisply directed, brutal, and invigorating. There are several of them and, in the aftermath of two, Parker is left a bloody mess.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 25, 2013
Josh Modell
AV Club
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Though Parker starts off fairly strong, the action gets more predictable as it meanders toward its conclusion.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

January 25, 2013
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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Under Hackford's direction, there is more to "Parker" than explosively staged action sequences (though there are plenty of those).

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2013
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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It's made with such skill and smarts that it stands above such eye-rolling blow-'em-up fare as Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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In a world of pumped up, hyped-up action stars, Statham is one of the few who looks like a genuine man of action. Like Parker, he gets the job done. And then he moves on.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/5

January 25, 2013
Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
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Hackford struggles to find an equivalency for Westlake's spare, hard-boiled prose.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 25, 2013
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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"Parker" should have stayed parked.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D

January 25, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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"Parker'' is watchable chiefly for Statham, who exudes effortless cool and excels in hand-to-hand combat, as well as demonstrating his skill at wielding some very unlikely weapons.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 25, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Screenwriter John J. McLaughlin has rendered a faithful adaptation of "Flashfire," one of the 24 novels filled with Parker's meticulous schemes and personal machinations.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 24, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Take that, Nicholas Sparks.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 24, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The most distinctive thing about "Parker" is its title.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 24, 2013
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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If "Parker" is, in the end, business as usual, it is also a pretty good deal.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 24, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It's not very often you can blame a bad movie on a secondary character. Jennifer Lopez earns that dubious distinction in Parker, dragging down what would otherwise be just another generic Jason Statham actioner.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 24, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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A little more effort -- from anyone -- might be nice.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

January 24, 2013
Alonso Duralde
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If you've ever wanted to see the camel that's the result of that proverbial horse-building committee, check out Parker -- and the hump, you'll pardon the expression, is the character played by Jennifer Lopez.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

January 23, 2013
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Statham is stepping into a well-known persona. But he's not exactly pushing himself outside his comfort zone; he's on auto-pilot here, despite the obvious physical demands of the part.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 23, 2013
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