Parker

Parker

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

Parker Reviews

Trevor Johnston
Time Out
Top Critic
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
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
Top Critic
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.

Rex Reed
New York Observer
Top Critic
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
Laremy Legel
Film.com
Top Critic
January 28, 2013

Poster quote: "Parker," a film that's a little better than you'd expect!

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
Top Critic
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
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
Top Critic
January 25, 2013

Hollywood hasn't butchered Parker-which is to say that it has let him remain a butcher.

Peter Sobczynski
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
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
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
Top Critic
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
Stephanie Zacharek
NPR
Top Critic
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.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
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
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
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-
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
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
Josh Modell
AV Club
Top Critic
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+
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
Top Critic
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
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
Top Critic
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
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
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
Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
January 25, 2013

Hackford struggles to find an equivalency for Westlake's spare, hard-boiled prose.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Adam Graham
Detroit News
Top Critic
January 25, 2013

"Parker" should have stayed parked.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
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
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
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
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
January 24, 2013

Take that, Nicholas Sparks.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
January 24, 2013

The most distinctive thing about "Parker" is its title.

A.O. Scott
New York Times
Top Critic
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
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic
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
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
January 24, 2013

A little more effort -- from anyone -- might be nice.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
Top Critic
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.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press
Top Critic
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