The Samaritan Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 26, 2013
The Samaritan benefits substantially from the inclusion of a shocking turn in the narrative at around the halfway point...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
May 28, 2012
What could have been an intriguing character study about redemption turns into an absurd series of eye-rolling plot twists that makes it impossible to take this mess seriously.
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
May 22, 2012
Director David Weaver and co-writer Elan Mastai's neo-noir script is just a shadow of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.4/10
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
May 19, 2012
It packs its narrative with a succession of increasingly clichéd twists, one of which involves the sudden recognition that its main character, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson), is romantically involved with his own daughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
May 18, 2012
The experience of watching Samuel L. Jackson actually act is the only real pleasure to be gleaned from the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 18, 2012
It's not honest with its people, or its plot. And the only ones it really cheats are audience members.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kurt Loder
Reason Online
May 18, 2012
Even the spirited Ruth Negga can't lift this by-the-numbers neo-noir out of its dull parboiled rut.
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
May 18, 2012
Director David Weaver and co-writer Elan Mastai twist the movie in several different directions before settling for a professional but generic pulp thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
May 18, 2012
[Jackson's] doleful revenant is in almost every scene, and this hardworking actor seems to know that the film around him should be a light-footed caper instead of a grim noir with a side order of deviance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
May 18, 2012
It seems impossible that Jackson could go through an entire movie without ever raising his voice, but here he is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 18, 2012
A scripted cliché: the ex-con who wants to go straight until the plot kicks in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 18, 2012
"The Samaritan" proves that even Samuel L. Jackson can be boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Top Critic
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2012
The haphazard feeling of the narrative deflates any real tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 17, 2012
Way too much psychosexual melodrama, portrayed in performances that range from utterly bored (Jackson) to embarrassingly broad (Kirby).
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Alison Willmore
Movieline
May 17, 2012
The Samaritan takes a jarring turn right out of Park Chan-wook, and from there takes a tumble into ludicrousness from which it doesn't recover.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
May 17, 2012
It's thoroughly mediocre, which feels like such a disappointment when one considers that the script's ingredients include murder, deception, sex, and ungodly sin.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 17, 2012
Sets itself up as a crime thriller yet fails to deliver more than a twinge of surprise as it meanders toward a flaccid endgame swindle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Sam Adams
AV Club
May 17, 2012
Jackson seems only interested in cashing his paycheck, even if it's not an especially large one.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 17, 2012
"The Samaritan" isn't a great noir, but it's true to the tradition and gives Samuel L. Jackson one of his best recent roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
May 16, 2012
The theme's familiar, but The Samaritan's stylish palette -- the colors of corruption and despair -- paints it new.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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