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Archenemy fails to follow through on some of its more interesting ideas, but Joe Manganiello's lead performance and the picture's infectious raw energy make for a fun action-adventure. Read critic reviews

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Max Fist (Joe Manganiello) is a local drunk who claims to be a superhero from the planet Chromium. He tells anyone who will listen that he was pulled into a wormhole, falling through time and space, and dropped to earth without any of his powers. No one pays any attention to Max except a teenager named Hamster (Skylan Brooks) who can’t get enough of Max’s stories. When Hamster and his sister (Zolee Griggs) get in trouble with a vicious drug syndicate led by The Manager (Glenn Howerton), Max takes to the streets as a brutal vigilante hellbent on proving himself as the hero no one believes him to be.

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Lisa Whalen
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David Baxter
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Danny H. Chan
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Critic Reviews for Archenemy

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  • Small, imperfectly formed but quite entertaining all the same...

    February 17, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Archenemy might have worked better if it was a straight adaptation of classic deconstructionist caper The Maxx.

    December 12, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Rather improbably, and in part due to Joe Manganiello's very committed performance as Max, the movie does build up its own slightly trippy head of steam.

    December 11, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Archenemy" aims for complexity by opening a door between worlds, but neither of them have any dimension.

    December 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A messily subversive maybe-superhero film.

    December 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A critique of post-millennial journalism is one of several ideas raised but mostly abandoned in this genre pastiche, which never really coalesces despite some promising elements.

    December 10, 2020 | Full Review…

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