A Vigilante

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Led by Olivia Wilde's fearless performance and elevated by timely themes, A Vigilante is an uncompromising thriller that hits as hard as its protagonist.

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A once abused woman, Sadie (Olivia Wilde), devotes herself to ridding victims of their domestic abusers while hunting down the husband she must kill to truly be free. A Vigilante is a thriller inspired by the strength and bravery of real domestic abuse survivors and the incredible obstacles to safety they face.

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Critic Reviews for A Vigilante

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (3)

  • [A] patient, nuanced film-making that showcases, in Wilde, a muscular and increasingly versatile screen talent.

    May 31, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • It's a tough, tense movie with a couple of bone-snappingly violent moments, but critically it dials down the exploitation.

    May 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
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  • One of those small but brutal films that major directorial careers are made from.

    March 29, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's... good to see a cunning and capable actress rise above her usual projects, such as stupid fodder like Tron or Cowboys and Aliens, or labels like "Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2010."

    March 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Observer
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  • The film manages to be both hopeful and devastating - and recommended viewing for anyone who subscribes to the facile notion that abused women should "just leave."

    March 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Vigilantism is a questionable fantasy of empowerment, but Daggar-Nickson makes her movie (largely) work by keeping everything - her antihero, the registers of violence - austere and persuasively low key.

    March 28, 2019 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 24, 2020
    Olivia Wilde stars in the revenge thriller A Vigilante. The story follows an abuse victim turned vigilante named Sadie who helps other abuse victims get free of their abusers (maybe). The storytelling really isn't that good, as it kind of just jumps randomly into different scenes from Sadie's missions without getting into the context (whether she's doling out punishment, helping victims escape, or eliminating abusers). Still, Wilde gives an incredibly strong performance (both physically and emotionally). And there's some mystery and intrigue to trying to figure out Sadie's backstory and how she become a vigilante. A Vigilante is an interesting indie drama, but it falls a little short and doesn't quite come together that well.
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