Kick-Ass Reviews

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 25, 2011
Both its plot and inconsistent message seem little more than an excuse to show us a man explode inside an industrial-strength microwave.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 14, 2010
So in love with itself and its own supposed transgressions that it loses sight of the fact that it's become the very thing it's supposed to be taking down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 14, 2010
Crude, bloody and moody, Kick-Ass embraces, at arm's length, its fanboy origins. But maybe they should have decided if they loved these stereotypes, or wanted to ridicule them to death before rolling the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
May 13, 2010
It's deeply immoral to turn a ten year old girl into The Bride from "Kill Bill" and pretend it's just a cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 15, 2010
Let's say you're a big fan of the original comic book, and you think the movie does it justice. You know what? You inhabit a world I am so very not interested in.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 15, 2010
I started hating this movie around the midpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Gavin Bond
Sunday Times (Australia)
April 8, 2010
This ribald romp, thanks to its unrelenting violence, ultimately outstays its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Fernando F. Croce
May 8, 2010
Beware, beware of films designed to tickle Comic Book Guy's undercarriage
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
April 15, 2010
"Kick-Ass" isn't just broken by its flaws ... It's flawed to start with, a hypocritical mess whose attempts to swagger turn into clumsy stumbling and whose knowing wink blinds it to its own problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
FILMINK (Australia)
April 7, 2010
While director Matthew Vaughn channels the spirit of Mark Millar's comic, too often he oversteps his mark with his stylised use of violence, with young Chloe Moretz as the main attraction.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 27, 2010
Too often Vaughn oversteps his mark when his stylised use of violence is played out as entertainment, with young Moretz as the main attraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
April 14, 2010
Never as shocking as it thinks it is, as funny as it should be, or as engaged in cultural critique as it could be.
Craig Mathieson
April 8, 2010
The film is amusing, but it's gaspingly inconsequential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 13, 2010
As a subversive dissection of a genre, the film has no grit or imagination, and as a work of stock wham-bam entertainment, it's a sloppy trifle, merely the latest piece of disposable Friday night mainstream-cinema juvenilia.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
April 1, 2010
Black comedy is one thing (and I like it well done) but this is far from that. Sometimes shootings are intended to raise a laugh and sometimes the killings are in deadly earnest.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
April 7, 2010
The fact that an 11-year-old is doing the killing -- shooting and stabbing bad guys -- all of whom die very bloodily -- will be understandably concerning for many.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
April 8, 2010
The film's misjudged moments and uneven tone make it incapable of sweeping the audience away with the absurd, innocent exhilaration of the 'what if' premise.
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
April 22, 2010
Kick-Ass is only half right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
Simon Abrams
New York Press
April 14, 2010
For all its posturing, Kick-Ass doesn't risk taking the superhero genre seriously and hence is all too happy to be impotent.
Top Critic
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 16, 2010
[It] thinks it's so brave and bold. But it's more like the title character, a dweeb who just thinks he's tough.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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