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Ninja Assassin Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
April 20, 2011
It would be hard to expect any surprises from a film called Ninja Assassin, but on the other hand, it would be hard to be disappointed by it either. It does exactly what it says on the tin.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 24, 2009
You certainly can't accuse Ninja Assassin of not living up to its title, but the filmmakers clearly never thought beyond that point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 23, 2009
There's more to making sword-and-splatter work than just shiny blades and blood. It's got to have an edge, and the one on Ninja Assassin is dull as a butter knife.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 7, 2009
Ninja Assassin features gigabytes of blood being shed on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Luke Edwards
January 22, 2010
A bit of a let down. We expected more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 24, 2009
McTeigue can barely shoot straight, and the editing is so hack-y, you have to take the stunts and fight choreography on faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
William Goss
December 17, 2009
Hard-to-see fight scenes and harder-to-swallow dialogue, delivered with a straight face and capped off with some super-splattery kills.
Adam Lippe
November 25, 2009
All of the beheadings and flying body parts are done with CGI, distractingly so, and so quickly and darkly that there's no time to savor the gratuitous gore.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 29, 2009
Once upon a time, James McTeigue made V for Vendetta, a thinking-person's revenge melodrama. He's paying for that with Ninja Assassin.
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies
January 22, 2010
It truly wouldn't take much - a minor re-edit, a few arch looks to camera, a wiseacre sidekick named 'Shortballs' - to inch this utterly mystifying throwback into spoof territory.
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
November 26, 2009
Blood spurts out of every imaginable orifice without a respectable clot in sight. Welcome to the poorly-scripted gush-fest, perfect for the Xbox set -- it's not a film, it's Grand Theft Ninja.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/10
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
November 24, 2009
Heads may roll, torsos get severed and geysers of blood spurt, but no amount of CGI'd gore can save 'Assassin' from being dramatically lame, visually impaired and kinetically flat-footed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
November 30, 2009
"Ninja Assassin" will not be enjoyed by all, specifically the female crowd who will feel assassinated by this action film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Douglas
November 24, 2009
An action film that only works as long as there are ninjas on-screen slicing and dicing each other, and not so much when anyone opens their mouth and speaks.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
January 22, 2010
Ninja Assassin is little more than a sporadically diverting disposable movie that will probably spawn several straight-to-DVD sequels. The butcher's shop window is still a more fulfilling proposition though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record (UK)
January 22, 2010
There are some stand out moments of stylized action. Shame it lacks self awareness. Excess is its downfall and the improbable and wildly over the top action grows wearisome and dull. Quite often, less really is more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
November 25, 2009
A movie that provides plenty of jolts but precious little pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
November 25, 2009
For a movie about a calculating, silent killer, Ninja Assassin sure is dumb and loud.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
November 28, 2009
Everything in Ninja Assassin is over-amped.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Leupp
November 30, 2009
This hyperkinetic gorefest should have remained in the shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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