Assassins - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Assassins Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
An unusually serious, almost sombre thriller from the versatile action producer Joel Silver in which Stallone's a jaded assassin haunted by the past but unable to face the future.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
March 26, 2004
Good early script by the Wachowski brothers that falls apart in the finale.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Although he lets Assassins run on too long, Mr. Donner gives it a dependably slick big-budget style.
| Original Score: 3/5
Pat Kramer
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Assassins is a film that shines for its thrills, color, humor and suspense that lasts right to the very end.
Christopher Null
June 10, 2001
Imagine my surprise to find a nicely-crafted action thriller that does not feature Sylvester Stallone making a bunch of "witty" remarks.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
A rather simple story with dollops of gripping action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joey O'Bryan
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A surprisingly effective thriller, Assassins is much better than it needs to be, thanks mainly to a fast-paced script and two great supporting performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 2, 2016
One of the worst big-budget action movies of its decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10

March 2, 2012
The plot becomes increasingly silly, and while some pleasure can be had in the improbable set pieces, this is not nearly as much fun as it should be.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
March 2, 2012
The action is stilted and infrequent, reduced to indifferent gun play, car chases and one standout explosion when a gas main ignites.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 2, 2012
It's numbingly cold and pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
There's so much dead air floating around in this icy-cool thriller that the director, Richard Donner, seems to be trying for an art-house version of his Lethal Weapon series (The 400 Blows to Your Head?).
Full Review | Original Score: C
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 26, 2011
The further into the action we get, the more ludicrous things become.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 17, 2011
...a decent 80-minute thriller that somehow manages to chug along for over two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Taylor
March 26, 2009
A not-much-fun high-tech actioner.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
April 7, 2006
If I had to describe this movie in two words, I'd say "long" and "boring".
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Chuck O'Leary
March 3, 2006
Suspenseless, plastic and contrived. Rent Best Seller, The Professional or The Mechanic instead, all far superior films about professional hit men.
| Original Score: 3/10
Cole Smithey
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 4, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
September 24, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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