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Elektra Reviews

July 14, 2015
There isn't a whisper of spontaneity.
July 14, 2015
The movie's dominant visual tone is bronzed grunge, and its emotional tone is depressive.
March 5, 2007
This doesn't exactly set the world on fire, but I was charmed by its old-fashioned storytelling, which is refreshingly free of archness, self-consciousness, or Kill Bill-style wisecracks.
March 5, 2007
Everything comes back to Garner, though -- and even when the movie takes itself too seriously, thankfully she never does.
October 6, 2006
Elektra shoves Frank Miller's eponymous cold-blooded assassin into a PG-13-friendly adventure.
June 24, 2006
A none too Marvel-lous spin-off from Daredevil.
January 25, 2005
Offers no surprises, and whether or not you'll appreciate its modest charms depends entirely on whether you too have been anticipating Garner's new outfit.
January 24, 2005
They should have just called this movie Contractually Obligated Sequel staring Jennifer Garner because I can see no other reason why someone as talented and as smart as she is would want to do this film.
January 20, 2005
Jennifer Garner should have used an alias instead of putting her name on this breathlessly boring spinoff of Daredevil.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 15, 2005
The sad thing about Elektra is that it reveals that for all the millions of dollars now spent on them, comic-book movies are being made with no more distinction than the cheapest old Saturday-afternoon serials.
January 15, 2005
That she is in fact a hired assassin on a $2-million contract killing is charmingly offset by the fact that she wears no makeup and ties her (albeit ridiculously) long brown hair back in a ponytail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 14, 2005
What it suffers from most is the sense of offhand storytelling that lies halfway between creative laziness and cost-cutting sloppiness.
January 14, 2005
The constant talk and tease of Elektra is sure to cause even more male frustration than Catwoman and Tomb Raider, where the femmes were similarly dolled up and then sexed down to appease the nanny censors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 14, 2005
It's opaque where it should be clear (motivations; fight scenes). It's clear where it should be opaque (what happens next).
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
January 14, 2005
[Garner] is ... gloriously in gear, ready to kick some Hand.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 14, 2005
Another inert, soul-dead action drama that turns actors into zombies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 14, 2005
The film's multi-writer screenplay struggles vainly to hide its plagiarized themes and action beats.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 14, 2005
Half of it feels like pure, Saturday-morning cartoon show. Half feels like an attempt at an actual relationship drama. They should have listened to the first half.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 14, 2005
Resembles nothing so much as a dumbed-down, PG-13 version of Kill Bill, put together by a team tone-deaf to bad dialogue, atrocious acting, cheesy special effects and clumsily staged action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 14, 2005
Elektra is stripped of the unrepentant ferocity that made her a crossover hit in the first place. Here, she quickly succumbs to her gooey, maternal side -- which means if ever there's a sequel, she'll have no edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 14, 2005
Garner has no trouble looking sexy, and teen boys should enjoy Elektra's many gratuitous costume changes, but she's hopelessly unconvincing in this icy role.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 14, 2005
Hmmm, where have I seen this before? Oh, yes, I saw it Wednesday night on television. Except her hair was pink. And I had eight more bucks in my wallet.
Read More | Original Score: D+
January 14, 2005
Elektra the movie is a lot like Elektra the assassin. It executes its mission with considerable precision but never feels truly alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 14, 2005
Plays like a collision between leftover bits and pieces of Marvel superhero stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 14, 2005
[Garner] does all the stuff you can see her do on Wednesday nights -- namely, some of her own stunt work in outrageous costumes -- but without an ounce of zeal, charisma, or purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 13, 2005
Garner, adept as she is at physical stunts and action moves, is far more appealing when she's playing charming and adorable, as she did so winningly in 13 Going on 30.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 13, 2005
Would it kill a tough girl to crack a smile or eat a Twinkie or make a pass once in a while? Does she have to be a squinty jerk with intimacy issues in order to be considered super?
January 13, 2005
The latest Hollywood movie to give comic books a bad name, Elektra stars Jennifer Garner as a superheroine who dons fetish-wear the color of blood before laying waste to every man in sight.
January 13, 2005
It's listless, lame and sloppy enough to make last year's Catwoman seem agile.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
January 13, 2005
Kill Bill without irony, and without Quentin Tarantino's flair for cool dialogue and chop-socky action (and without Uma Thurman, for that matter).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 13, 2005
A ponderously inert, disjointed drag that's anything but live action.
January 13, 2005
Garner's one-note performance isn't the only thing crippling this undercooked comic-book adventure. There's a patchy script that bumps along in fits and starts, but never comes to life.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 13, 2005
What might have been at best a silly Xena-style martial-arts adventure meanders listlessly through swaths of relationship drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 13, 2005
Without a viable screenplay, there's nowhere for the character to go, and no way to avoid making her look silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 13, 2005
The unremittingly dour screen adaptation of the Marvel Comics character.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 13, 2005
Devotees of awful filmmaking can't go wrong with this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 13, 2005
True to form, Garner creates a strapping action character with as many foibles as muscles.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 12, 2005
Comic book franchise or Victoria's Secret commercial?
January 12, 2005
Alternately too talky to triumph as an action vehicle and too frenetic to be fleshed out to succeed as a drama.
January 12, 2005
Elektra girds her loins with less intensity of purpose than if she were scanning the darkness for signs of copyright infringement.
Full Review | Original Score: D+