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American Ultra Reviews

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November 1, 2018
American Ultra looks like a wacky mash-up with unique ideas, but underneath it doesn't actually have anything new to say; it is the cinematic equivalent of a hipster.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
January 18, 2019
A promising start that quickly evolves into a convoluted mess of blood and gore.
October 9, 2017
Individual scenes work well, but they amount to a disjointed whole, thanks to Nima Nourizadeh's direction.
May 2, 2019
Excessively violent and gory without needing to be, American Ultra never quite realizes which path it wants to take and leaves you ultimately unsatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 16, 2017
Kristen Stewart can play tough without having to kick ass in a cat suit, but her one great fight scene was too late in the film and too spare to match her potential.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 8, 2016
American Ultra plays like an episode of Homeland for people too stoned to process the plot of a SpongeBob SquarePants episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 11, 2016
Re-title it 'The Bong Identity;' an over the top, silly grind-house-level violent spy-spoof, played very earnestly by Eisenberg and Stewart to surprisingly good comic effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 8, 2016
"American Ultra" improbably has more gore and fewer laughs than "American Sniper," a distinction that makes it sound a lot more compelling that it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 5, 2016
Described as the stoner-version of Bourne Identity, Max Landis' script manages to hit a fair number of highs; though it also falls victim to its own ambitious amalgamation of genres.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 21, 2016
American Ultra may surprise some with its emotional core, but it's ultimately little more than a lazy Tarantino knock-off.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 11, 2016
A film that never really knows what genre it belongs to. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 17, 2015
There are patches where the film stalls and crumbles under too much explanation. That's a shame, because the movie does have bite and sterling moments. But you shouldn't have to be stoned to appreciate them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 14, 2015
The movie doesn't achieve what it could. [Full review in Spanish]
August 20, 2015
In the end, American Ultra is doomed by its nondescript script.
September 24, 2015
A movie that gets lost in its own mashup of genres. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 11, 2016
Eisenberg and Stewart are what stands out in this film and offer us many fun moments, but it's not enough to save the film. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 6, 2016
American Ultra is fun an light toned, but it's far from being a great film. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 7, 2016
The film by Nima Nourizadeh and Max Landis lacks personality and isn't sure if it wants to be a bloody comic or a serious spy film. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 22, 2015
It sounds like a weird, potentially wonderful action-comedy. The problem is that it never really hits the absurd heights of the premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.9/10
August 20, 2015
...like the wasteoid who trails off mid-sentence to get lost in the cover art for Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion, [Nima] Nourizadeh has trouble concentrating on a single organizing narrative mode for his film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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