Free Fire Reviews

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July 4, 2018
Wheatley allows his notorious black humour to resurface, and with 90 minutes of mindless shootouts, he reaches his goal.
April 24, 2017
Without soul or wit, we're left with nothing but bad Halloween costumes and artillery. Nostalgia never felt so bad.
April 23, 2017
For those who don't mind a little blood & gore and a lot of profanity, Free Fire is a superior alternative to the big-name, bloated action films hogging the largest screens in most multiplexes.
April 21, 2017
Cornfed curse words fuel a script that doesn't amount to much more than a hateful snatch of Tarantino's set-bound posturing, spiked with a blend of pre-Madonna, semi-intelligible Guy Ritchie oddballs.
April 21, 2017
Ben Wheatley shouldn't settle for becoming the next Guy Ritchie. For some reason, he'd like to.
April 21, 2017
Armie Hammer has a gift for deadpan humor, and it's put to great use here. Cillian Murphy is the closest thing to a hero (or at least anti-hero we can root for) in the movie. Brie Larson is a gamer.
April 21, 2017
If its clip gets emptied before the characters' ammunition runs out, the film still hits its target dead-center.
April 21, 2017
A mostly fun, over-the-top ode to the siege movie, as well as a love/hate letter to all things firearm-related.
April 21, 2017
An exhausting, masturbatory, self-indulgent Tarantino facsimile.
April 20, 2017
We cease to care about who lives, dies and what body parts are shot off. It doesn't help that, at certain points in the chaos, it's hard to tell who's whom.
Top Critic
April 20, 2017
The whole thing is awfully nihilistic, but that's film noir for you.
April 20, 2017
"Free Fire" is not Wheatley's best film, but it is a rollicking good time and, more important, an inadvertent skeleton key to thinking about and understanding the rest of his films.
April 20, 2017
Free Fire devotes itself to a whole hour of flying stuff -- bullets, barbs, quips, broken glass and other detritus, some of it human. It is complete, beautifully choreographed chaos, punctuated by unexpectedly funny lines.
April 20, 2017
Director Ben Wheatley isn't known for subtlety. And for much of Free Fire, that's just fine.
April 20, 2017
Free Fire is a pure slog-a loud, brutish, gritty mini-spectacle that's impressive only in its devotion to simplicity.
April 20, 2017
With his cultivated air of nonchalance, the trivialized, consequence-free violence and reverse-engineering of a plot threaded with convenient twists and unexpected arrivals, Wheatley seems intent upon lowering the stakes at every opportunity.
April 20, 2017
Mr. Wheatley's "High-Rise" was a highlight of 2016, and again he shows that he's a technically virtuosic director whose humor has a bracingly nasty side. He's also no dummy.
April 20, 2017
Wheatley and Amy Jump, his frequent screenwriting partner, can't afford to let the action flag for long, so the characters never amount to much more than their immediate tactical advantage or disadvantage.
April 20, 2017
"Free Fire" is a greasy double bacon cheeseburger of a movie. It is slick, stylish nihilism without an ounce of socially redeeming value. Taking Godard's old proclamation to its furthest extreme, the film features a girl and an insane amount of guns.
April 20, 2017
A criminal waste of an ensemble cast that should have found something better to do than lend their names to such a pointless exercise.
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