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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Reviews

October 30, 2016
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is dispiritingly formulaic, retaining much of the first film's swaggering masculinity, but none of its self-awareness.
October 21, 2016
With Smulders and Yarosh on camera almost as much as Cruise, Never Go Back doubles the number of key women from the 2012 film. If only the story was as good.
October 21, 2016
The feel for the epic that once gave this director's films a pop grandeur is also gone. He's made a totally anonymous movie, devoid of personality or interest.
October 21, 2016
The film has the empty sheen of a quick in-and-out cash grab, a movie insisting that it's a franchise while the audience yawns indifferently.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 21, 2016
Notable chiefly for director Edward Zwick's utter failure to make New Orleans look any more enticing and atmospheric than, say, Omaha.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
October 21, 2016
It would be a refreshing departure from the more bombastic set pieces of modern Hollywood if it weren't all so lazily executed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 21, 2016
It hums along, but it's standard issue action stuff, and the first "Jack Reacher" taught us to expect more than that.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 20, 2016
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is a jumble of overhyped action scenes, trite dialogue, painfully bad "character development", and awful writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 20, 2016
"Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" is the second movie that Tom Cruise has starred in as this title character. Let's hope it's the last.
October 20, 2016
While the fabled boyishness of Mr. Cruise is a vanished commodity, there hasn't been as radiant an aura of self-importance surrounding an action movie since the heyday of Steven Seagal.
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October 20, 2016
Never Go Back is deeply mediocre, as rote and indistinct as most of the action flicks that've marked Liam Neeson's late-career lull.
October 20, 2016
This Reacher outing has its imperfections and its obstacles to overcome, but the strength of the character and the briskness of the action make it acceptable if you are in the mood.
October 20, 2016
Up for some brainless fun?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 20, 2016
The first one was a dud. This one's worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 20, 2016
Sure, he's eventually going to punch out and/or kill whoever dares cross him. But does he have to be so darned grumpy about it?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 20, 2016
Cruise gives his all to a cardboard cutout action figure, making this sequel an enjoyable popcorn flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 20, 2016
Action movies don't have to be believable or poignant. They just have to get your adrenaline pumping. But the movie lacks inspiration in that department, too ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 20, 2016
The pairing of Cruise and Smulders is a good one. In a way that's both satisfying and compelling, they seem evenly matched.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 20, 2016
While it doesn't tear up the envelope of the action genre or stray far from the familiar template of mysteries, "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" is agreeable middle-of-the-road entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 20, 2016
As crime thrillers go, it's an inferior product with a predictable plot. It succeeds because of its memorable characters and their shifting relationships. There's some nice action and offbeat humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 20, 2016
The movie grows less interesting as it goes along, at times seeming like a big-budget version of an '80s TV show, but never does it veer into silliness.
October 20, 2016
Critics were snotty in 2012 when Cruise first played Reacher, because the 5'7" actor is not the six-five, 250-pound bruiser of Lee Child's novels. Get over it. The admirably defiant star brings his own agility and quick wit to the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 20, 2016
I like Cruise. But he's just going through the motions here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 20, 2016
Competent but routine suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 20, 2016
Some franchises are born; some are made; others thrust themselves upon the public.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 20, 2016
Almost parodically generic, starting with its absurd title.
Full Review | Original Score: D
October 19, 2016
Here it is: the sequel no one asked for to the movie that no one quite remembers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 19, 2016
There is nothing terrible about this film, yet it fails everyone involved with it. That's the kind of magic trick that you don't want to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 19, 2016
It almost seems as if Cruise is slumming in this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 19, 2016
The character is an ideal vessel for Cruise's gifts as a movie star. Even if he doesn't quite fit the physical description Child imagined in writing, Cruise takes Reacher and shapes him into one of his iconic characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 19, 2016
A major step backward with an A-list actor in a C-grade military thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 19, 2016
As featureless and generic as its title, but between Cruise's star quality and the ability of director Edward Zwick to stage coherent action sequences, the results are a palatable enough popcorn movie.
October 19, 2016
Less of a movie than it is a monotonous two-hour supercut of Tom Cruise elbowing people in the face, Jack Reacher: Never Stop Never Reaching is a generic star vehicle that's been stripped down to nothing but an old engine and a rusty chassis.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 19, 2016
Efficient, unfussy, and doesn't try to think any faster than it can run.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 19, 2016
With all the action movies that have come before, it's tough to make car chases and fist fights seem original and exciting, but fortunately, there's enough of a story to keep things interesting even when you might feel a sense of déjà vu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 19, 2016
By-the-numbers plotting, seen-it-all-before action moves, banal locations and a largely anonymous cast alongside the star give this a low-rent feel.
October 19, 2016
The character that was an awkward fit for the actor four years ago seems to be even more so now, if only because Cruise's greatest asset is his charisma, while Reacher is a stoic, stone-cold heavy.
October 19, 2016
If you watched Cruise bruise his way through the first Reacher film and thought, "I wonder if that guy's good with kids?" this is exactly the movie you've been waiting for. Otherwise: Run run run run run.