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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. Read critic reviews

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Legendary assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) retired from his violent career after marrying the love of his life. Her sudden death leaves John in deep mourning. When sadistic mobster Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen) and his thugs steal John's prized car and kill the puppy that was a last gift from his wife, John unleashes the remorseless killing machine within and seeks vengeance. Meanwhile, Iosef's father (Michael Nyqvist) -- John's former colleague -- puts a huge bounty on John's head.

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Michael Nyqvist
Viggo Tarasov
Alfie Allen
Iosef Tarasov
Lance Reddick
Hotel Manager, Charon
Derek Kolstad
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Peter Lawson
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Mike Upton
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Kevin Scott Frakes
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Raj Brinder Singh
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Sam X. Eyde
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Tara Moross
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Darren Blumenthal
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Joseph Vincenti
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Erica Lee
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Jonathan Sela
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Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir
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Dan Leigh
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Tyler Bates
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Joel J. Richard
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Critic Reviews for John Wick

All Critics (217) | Top Critics (54) | Fresh (187) | Rotten (30)

  • If John Wick is the best looking action film in recent memory, it's also bolstered by a phenomenal cast of actors who, be they in parts big or small, manage to craft three-dimensional characters out of stock archetypes.

    November 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • An almost zen-like exercise in wholesale slaughter as abstraction.

    April 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Emotions matter little. Story matters less. Morals don't register at all. But the rhythm of the killing creates its own irresistible machine music.

    April 10, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • John Wick works because of its sleek, artisanal dovetailing of style and sincerity.

    April 10, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Wick is so tough he doesn't bother to take off his blood-soaked shirt when he starts his quest for vengeance and the movie is just as uncompromising.

    February 2, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Rock music, cold stares, and plenty of bullets emphasize Wick's proficiency, as the plot needs all the help it can get to impart the coolness it desperately wants to exhibit.

    December 4, 2020 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for John Wick

  • Nov 29, 2019
    The comic book plot might be an insult to comic books. The video game violence is an insult to anyone seeking some credulity to a killer offing multiple people without knowing what he is up against. It's not an awful movie. Not at all. It's popularity is a testament to that. But, there's so many opportunities missed for the filmmakers to say something about its thinly developed themes.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • 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

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