Parker Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 5, 2013
Overall, it gets by, but bets are hedged when single-minded efficiency and ice in the veins would have been enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
February 4, 2013
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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 30, 2013
For an old-fashioned crime thriller, you need real pros. Mr. Statham is to acting what Taco Bell is to nutrition.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
January 28, 2013
Poster quote: "Parker," a film that's a little better than you'd expect!
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
January 28, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
January 25, 2013
Hollywood hasn't butchered Parker-which is to say that it has let him remain a butcher.
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Peter Sobczynski
Chicago Sun-Times
January 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 25, 2013
"Parker" winds up with the worst of both worlds: It's pointlessly violent and nauseatingly cute.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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January 25, 2013
You can use electricity to make ice, which is pretty much what Statham does in Taylor Hackford's jaggedly satisfying thriller, Parker.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: C-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Josh Modell
AV Club
January 25, 2013
Though Parker starts off fairly strong, the action gets more predictable as it meanders toward its conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
January 25, 2013
Under Hackford's direction, there is more to "Parker" than explosively staged action sequences (though there are plenty of those).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
January 25, 2013
Hackford struggles to find an equivalency for Westlake's spare, hard-boiled prose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
January 25, 2013
"Parker" should have stayed parked.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 25, 2013
"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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 24, 2013
Take that, Nicholas Sparks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 24, 2013
The most distinctive thing about "Parker" is its title.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 24, 2013
If "Parker" is, in the end, business as usual, it is also a pretty good deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 24, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 24, 2013
A little more effort -- from anyone -- might be nice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
January 23, 2013
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.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4