American Ultra Reviews

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November 10, 2015
It's a very August sort of movie, the kind that benefits from low, lax expectations.
September 3, 2015
Jesse and Kristen 4-EVA.
September 3, 2015
Deeply uninspired, abrasive and mildly offensive.
September 3, 2015
A mashup of Bourne and Clerks, fusing the worst of each into a galumphing stoner action comedy.
September 3, 2015
The film is an idea in search of a tone.
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.
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.
August 21, 2015
You never fully buy "American Ultra" - you're not supposed to - but it's a decent ride with some nice turns.
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.
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.
August 20, 2015
An amusing idea, but the ugly violence and weepy dramatics effectively kill any comedic buzz.
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.
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.
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