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American Ultra Reviews

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October 31, 2018
A breezy enough diversion (albeit, an insanely violent diversion) that does some clever things with its core conceit. Not necessarily "ultra," but okay.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 29, 2018
A paranoid rant against government surveillance and a scathing indictment of a brainwashed society.
September 25, 2017
American Ultra's stoner rambles are every bit as precise as they were with Aaron Sorkin's zingers in The Social Network, and it's a total pleasure to not be subjected to another drooling stoner cliché.
August 14, 2017
Without the reuniting Adventureland pair Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg as the leads, the film could have easily been just another dumb stoner action film with moderate laughs.
February 24, 2017
American Ultra, built upon ridiculous premise and casting, is not only the funniest but unexpectedly one of the best action movies of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 13, 2016
American Ultra reworks The Bourne Identity as a slacker comedy with a killer punchline.
April 6, 2016
This ultra-violent caper plays like a cross between a 1990s slacker drama and a classic John Woo film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 30, 2015
Eisenberg has taken some PR hits lately but neither they, nor his often misunderstood demeanor, should detract from his frenetic, brilliant portrayal of Mike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 2, 2015
American Ultra might not be your (dime) bag, but in a summer full of remakes and superheroes, at least it's got the chutzpah to attempt something new.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 10, 2015
American Ultra isn't really able to live up to the potential of its principal conceit and whilst it hasn't found much favour at the Box Office we suspect it'll develop into a bit of a cult favourite.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 10, 2015
There's enough knockabout carnage and game supporting players to keep it rolling, although they're all second-fiddle to Eisenberg and Stewart, who worked well together in Adventureland and again prove sparky and very pleasing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 5, 2015
Nerdy Jesse Eisdenberg as an action man? You better believe it as he devours his role as a slacker/CIA sleeper agent who is targeted for termination...A very tight, enjoyable action comedy romp with Kristen Stewart providing great value-add.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 3, 2015
A fast, amiable comedy that never outstays its welcome, and will be great fun for fans of films such as 2008's Pineapple Express.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 3, 2015
Jesse and Kristen 4-EVA.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 2, 2015
Blood flows freely and bones snap with audible cracks in the kinetic action scenes, the highlight of the movie by far.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 1, 2015
Undoubtedly jovial in parts, with a playful, adventurous tone, what transpires is a picture that's darkly absurd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 31, 2015
That it all (mostly) works is some kind of small, mix-a-lot miracle. There's both wry comedy and dark laughs; only the action scenes are where the genres and tones don't come to a full boil. Still, all the non-spy-action-y stuff is pretty damn good.
August 31, 2015
Although it sometimes veers into off-putting caricature, American Ultra revels in the amusing bewilderment that comes when a couple of star-crossed slackers are thrust into a violent situation, with the dry one-liners proving very quotable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 27, 2015
A strong cast led by Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart and supported by Connie Britton, Topher Grace and John Leguizamo elevates this lame-brained, fidgety actioner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 26, 2015
It doesn't work, but I'm impressed with how hard it tries. There's an infectious sincerity to both the writing and the acting that elevates what is otherwise a messy mashup of tone, style, and storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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