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American Ultra Reviews

November 10, 2015
It's a very August sort of movie, the kind that benefits from low, lax expectations.
August 24, 2015
Nourizadeh, working with a script by Max Landis, plays Mike's bloody violence like visual guitar riffs, and approaches the martial-arts set pieces with heavily underlined wit.
August 21, 2015
The movie evaporates in the mind, but Stewart and Eisenberg have real movie-star chemistry.
August 21, 2015
The action-movie absurdity is still in place, but so is Landis' muddy-bloody touch: by the end, Eisenberg's face is a purple, swollen wreck, and rightly so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 21, 2015
The movie has the sleepy vibe of some of those scuzzy '90s crime thrillers. It aspires to Natural Born Killers, but has barely enough competence to get close to something like Feeling Minnesota.
August 21, 2015
As misfires go, American Ultra can at least claim not to be boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 21, 2015
You never fully buy "American Ultra" - you're not supposed to - but it's a decent ride with some nice turns.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 21, 2015
I just wish there was a little more feeling, and a little less flash. And a lot more of Landis' dialogue, and a lot less of what feels like Nourizadeh's audition for an even bigger, dumber movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 20, 2015
Ultra works by making a potentially messy story rather simple, and by using its carnage as an extension of its comedy. It has no interest in piling on plot minutiae. It's too busy getting to the next bit of mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 20, 2015
An amusing idea, but the ugly violence and weepy dramatics effectively kill any comedic buzz.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 20, 2015
It turns out to be a disappointingly underdeveloped film that its makers, chiefly director Nima Nourizadeh and writer Max Landis, must have thought could coast by on a cool but half-baked idea.
August 20, 2015
Eisenberg and Stewart have both found romantic partners with whom they have chemistry (some provided by controlled substances). Tender, forgiving, and sexy, they're the hottest couple on screen at the moment.
August 20, 2015
A diverting summer action adventure with occasional laughs ...
August 20, 2015
American Ultra has its moments, but it's mostly a waste of good weed and better actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
August 20, 2015
[It] becomes a glib, juvenile exercise in violence for its own sake, squandering the lived-in vibe between Eisenberg and his co-star, Kristen Stewart.
August 20, 2015
"American Ultra" is doodles in a math-class notebook given a budget, and although it's frequently as stupid as it sounds, it's amiable enough to pass the bowl around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 20, 2015
Take Dazed and Confused and mix it up a bit with James Bond, and you have a general idea of where American Ultra is headed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 20, 2015
In the end, American Ultra is doomed by its nondescript script.
August 20, 2015
What begins as a clever action-comedy a la "Pineapple Express" or Eisenberg's earlier "Zombieland" devolves into a standard shoot'em-up, with gore splashed around to distract us from the dearth of wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 20, 2015
The brightest star of this picture is screenwriter Max Landis, who pulls off a masterful mashup of action, comedy and romance, with bits of animation tossed in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 20, 2015
The tenderness in some of the early scenes took me by surprise. But then gore and general cartoonishness took over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 20, 2015
"American Ultra" has a clever premise. But it misses several opportunities to at least comment on, if not skewer, the spy movies that it only halfheartedly pokes fun at.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 20, 2015
It's all quite fun to watch, thanks in large part to the script by Max Landis, whose ability to find humor in the middle of a crisis meshes well with Nourizadeh's kinetic directing style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 20, 2015
It's demented, occasionally inspired, and often very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 20, 2015
It exists to entertain in its own oddball universe, munchies optional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 20, 2015
"American Ultra" tries to combine a sweet, slacker romance with a slick, super-violent action flick. If that sounds jarring to you, that's probably because it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 19, 2015
Eisenberg usually plays geeky and studious, not gallant and studly. He's Mark Zuckerberg, not Jason Statham. But he gets to stride both sides of the street in the disposable yet mildly enjoyable riff on the spy-movie formula.
| Original Score: 3/5
August 19, 2015
This is a deeply weird film - in the best way - and feels incredibly of this particular moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 19, 2015
"American Ultra" is an American-style movie that needed more ultra.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 19, 2015
The movie's twisty charm gives way to gory splatter, but Eisenberg and Stewart stay appealing to the last.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 18, 2015
Too often plays like an earnest yet unsatisfying adaptation of a cult graphic novel, with most of the charm lost in translation.
August 18, 2015
A genre mash that's mildly amusing until it can't think of anything else to do besides flop around in the deep end of conspicuous gore.
August 18, 2015
Check your brain at the popcorn-butter pump in the lobby and enjoy it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 18, 2015
A bloody valentine attached to a bomb. It's violent, brash, inventive and horrific, and perhaps the most romantic film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 18, 2015
Artless and unpleasant, this is the kind of late-summer swill that gives August a bad name.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 18, 2015
The director and screenwriter lose their way, allowing the film's sensibility to degenerate from outrageous to cartoony, and piling up plot contrivances and corpses in stacks so high that they obscure whatever charms the film once might have held.