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Defendor Reviews

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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
February 25, 2010
Likable but hardly memorable.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
April 2, 2010
A weird picture and not always successful selling its ideas, but it definitely retains a determined personality, making the picture convincing on a fundamental level of cinematic ambition, not execution.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
February 25, 2010
Watching a superhero at work shouldn't be such a snooze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com
April 18, 2010
... for all the poignancy of this broken vigilante, it's a mess of awkward black comedy, tangled themes and screwed-up characters looking for a story.
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David Germain
Associated Press
February 24, 2010
The low-budget movie continually shifts from comic-book spoof to gritty crime story to mental-health drama, the inconsistent tone preventing it from ever fully working as one or another.
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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
February 26, 2010
Stebbings is more interested in deconstructing heroism than creating a concrete world, sapping the movie of the immediacy it needs to come alive. For all its aspirations, the film never meshes into something cohesive or substantial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Johnny Firecloud
CraveOnline
February 23, 2010
The humanity and tragedy in Arthur's character, beautifully portrayed by Harrelson, raises the film to a higher level.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 23, 2010
While it never seems to really thematically gel and while I would have liked a better script, the actors and vision on display make this a better entry in the teeniest superhero subgenre yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
April 14, 2010
The "everyman" superhero strikes again, this time with strangely compelling results.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
May 8, 2010
A small, decent triumph with real shades of feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
February 19, 2010
Stebbings fills Defendor with humorous bits, comic treats dropped in quickly and without fanfare. It gives the movie a proper pace, well punctuated with laughs at the right time, and outrage and sympathy at others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
February 19, 2010
Defendor is more a refreshment of a genre than a transcendence of it. But thanks to Harrelson, you'll be a believer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 26, 2010
The conviction in Harrelson's performance sells the movie -- he and his character are both unsung heroes who give their roles everything they've got.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jimmy O
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 23, 2010
This is a deconstruction of the superhero myth that explores the deep rooted sadness and pain that a "hero" must deal with. It's also darkly funny too.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
February 19, 2010
Harrelson is a master at keeping his character real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pam Grady
Boxoffice Magazine
February 23, 2010
Some of those far more lavishly budgeted superhero movies could learn a thing or two from this little movie that could.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 23, 2010
Modest but likable effort is packaged in a straightforward style.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
March 10, 2010
Saving the day is Harrelson's low-key, rooted performance, adding an unexpected layer of poignancy when things take a decidedly darker turn.

National Post
September 1, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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