A Vigilante

Critics Consensus

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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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (9)

  • [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.

    Mar 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."

    Mar 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."

    Mar 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.

    Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…

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