John Wick

2014

John Wick

Critics Consensus

Stylish, thrilling, and giddily kinetic, John Wick serves as a satisfying return to action for Keanu Reeves -- and what looks like it could be the first of a franchise.

87%

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Total Count: 211

81%

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User Ratings: 82,501
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An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre". (C) Lionsgate

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Critic Reviews for John Wick

All Critics (211) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (183) | Rotten (28)

  • Just when you have all but given up hope for Keanu Reeves... there comes the hyper-stylised revenge movie John Wick. And you remember what you loved about him in the first place.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • A pretty humourless and violent film, which grinds on and on with more and more gleaming black SUVs getting trashed.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not perfect. But it is special, especially for a mid-budget Hollywood action drama, and it has stuck firmly in my mind since that late-night screening last Friday.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Stahelski and Leitch, both former stunt men, unsurprisingly tackle action sequences with glee... but the quieter scenes are more sophisticated, incorporating a sense of fantasy and visual splendor that almost makes the wafer-thin plot feel fresh.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Yet, for all the film's stylishness and a body count worthy of a small civil war, there's no getting around the fact that stiff, stoic Reeves -- who is capable of a few funny, deadpan lines -- isn't a particularly compelling lead action figure.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5
  • Stylishly violent and not much else.

    Nov 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for John Wick

  • Dec 22, 2017
    For those who like Taken and its sequels, here is a much more stylish, gripping and smart action movie that boasts an awesome soundtrack, thrilling fight scenes and a badass Keanu Reeves shooting, kicking and proving that he can be an action movie star like few others.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2017
    Boring, violent crap. Who enjoys this s€+t? Not me, I like an actual story, not just non stop mindless fighting.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2017
    In a market saturated with special effects, explosions, and quick-cut editing, John Wick breaks every Hollywood stereotype. The two stuntment who directed have clear respect for tight and swift choreography, and it's incredibly satisfying to see unfold. Keanu Reeves' physical talents are on full display here, and he leaves a blazing trail of violence and physicality that brings him back into the realm of quality cinema.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2016
    Great revenge thriller that grabs you right by the collar after a few minutes and doesn't let go for the next action-packed 90 minutes. The violence is pretty graphic but very stylishly filmed, Reeves minimalist acting fits perfectly here, although he does show he's capable of much more in a couple of scenes. It's refreshing that amidst all the violence, the film does not take itself too seriously, introducing cool minor characters and despicable villains and just keeps delivering the action goods, driven by a fitting soundtrack. A highlight of the genre of recent years.
    Jens S Super Reviewer

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