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Assassin's Creed Reviews

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader
December 23, 2016
An over-cast video game movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Darren Franich
Entertainment Weekly
December 23, 2016
Assassin's Creed mistakenly assumes that the plot is the most important element of its source material. Actually, it's the least.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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December 22, 2016
I suppose you could say the film made me slightly more likely to play one of the games, but only because I'd do just about anything before I saw this movie again.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 22, 2016
Obtuse, narratively incoherent, and ultimately frustrating, it stands as another example of how hard it is to make a good mainstream movie out of a popular computer game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Barry Hertz
Globe and Mail
December 22, 2016
[A] wan video-game adaptation revolving around some Knights Templar nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
December 22, 2016
In the game-to-film genre - which includes such memorable disasters as "Silent Hill" and "Hitman 47" - this is yet another disorganized, incoherent, nearly unwatchable entry.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
December 22, 2016
Fassbender, one of the producers, and Cotillard head a lavishly wasted cast. ... All score bonus points for keeping a straight face throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 21, 2016
So what if philosophical depths are out of the film's reach, there's a seed of ambition in this one that suggests the transfer of a video game to the screen doesn't always have to be a suicide mission. And that's something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
December 21, 2016
This is all very dumb. That the film doesn't know it is agony.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
December 21, 2016
Sci-fi fantasy meets pseudo history in this ill-conceived adaptation of a popular video game series.
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
December 21, 2016
The picture has an undeniable rough stylishness ... but in terms of coherence of storytelling it leaves the audience choking on all that swirling dust.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Simon Abrams
RogerEbert.com
December 21, 2016
Unlike the actual video game, Assassin's Creed isn't ridiculous and fun, but rather ridiculous and turgid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Britton Peele
Dallas Morning News
December 21, 2016
Assassin's Creed is good evidence that sometimes a video game is the better medium than a movie with which to tell a story.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 21, 2016
"Assassin's Creed" isn't quite as bad as one might fear, as measured against the abysmal track record of movies inspired by video games.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 21, 2016
It's just a mediocre action movie, poorly edited and larded with a terrible musical score, based on a video game. Nothing new there.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Kirkland
Toronto Sun
December 20, 2016
Assassin's Creed slays me: I have rarely had so much fun watching something so stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
December 20, 2016
The relentless gloom can feel oppressive, but there's plenty of ambition here, especially in the layered storytelling and woozy sense of time and place, with plenty of soaring aerial shots that nod quietly to the all-seeing eye of a computer game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Kenny
New York Times
December 20, 2016
For an ostensible action movie, the cast spends an awful lot of time standing around and looking lost. I can only guess that they were following their director's lead.
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 20, 2016
It ... has great momentum, good set pieces, and so much frothy nihilism it's just plain fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service
December 20, 2016
Despite the tortured writing, Kurzel shoots the heck out of the film, especially the flashbacks, when Aguilar and his assassin companion Maria parkour around ancient Andalusia, kicking some serious Templar butt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 20, 2016
Perhaps all of this will be thrilling for fans who've played it. The rest of us, I imagine, may come out of this film invigorated with a creed of our own: Avoid movies based on video games.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Edward Douglas
New York Daily News
December 19, 2016
For years we've heard moans that video-game movies are jinxed ... Assassin's Creed won't lift that curse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Lindsey Bahr
Associated Press
December 19, 2016
In the end, the real mystery has little to do with the Assassins, the Templars or the Apple of Eden and more to do with why so many talented thespians thought this was a good idea.
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Stephanie Zacharek
TIME Magazine
December 19, 2016
Assassin's Creed is very confusing. No, scratch that: It's a mess.
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Jesse Hassenger
AV Club
December 19, 2016
It's not unusual to see great European actors appearing in big-budget dreck, of course, but the participation of Fassbender (who also produced!) and Cotillard seems particularly unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Harry Windsor
Hollywood Reporter
December 19, 2016
Assassin's Creed reps Fassbender's first film as a producer, though it's hard to see what excited him about it, given that he's got nothing to play.
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
December 19, 2016
Maybe this miserable junk is the fantasy action-adventure dreamed of by all those dudes mad that Star Wars now lets girls play, too?
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Owen Gleiberman
Variety
December 19, 2016
In "Assassin's Creed," Michael Fassbender is like the ultimate special effect. Just by showing up, he confers respectability on two hours of semi-coherent overly art-directed video-game sludge.
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David Ehrlich
indieWIRE
December 19, 2016
Declaring this to be the best video game movie ever made is the kind of backhanded compliment that sounds like hyperbole, but the description fits the bill on both counts.
Full Review | Original Score: B-