The Mechanic Reviews

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October 7, 2011
Statham, he of the chiseled physique and sexily receding hairline, holds his own here, doing what he has to in scenes and no more -- which is perfect for a movie like this.
April 4, 2011
The Mechanic is like a Beretta loaded with blanks -- quick and brutal but ultimately empty.
February 19, 2011
Clinging to false heroism and terrified of anything too dark, The Mechanic is a tough-guy movie for wimps.
February 7, 2011
Statham is a model of control; he's steely and graceful in his action scenes, and his interplay with the wiry Foster delivers the goods.
January 31, 2011
An efficient thriller with certain intellectual pretensions.
January 29, 2011
The new stunts are explosive, over-the-top and a sign of the times -- action fans aren't happy these days, it seems, unless at least one scene involves a jackknifing 18-wheeler and a fireball.
May 8, 2019
It may not be a film that has any lasting impact, but it is one that satisfies audiences trying to get their action fix.
April 3, 2019
The Mechanic gets a low score even by the abysmal standards set by Statham and the kinds of films he assembly-lines.
February 16, 2019
If you've seen and enjoyed a Statham movie, you know what to expect.
February 16, 2019
The Mechanic isn't precisely a classic, but Foster's performance and the ferocity of some sequences elevate it above the genre median.
May 17, 2018
Statham belongs to the tradition of heroes, from John Wayne through Harrison Ford, who are laconic to the point of grumpiness. Yet it's not his terse toughness that makes him special. Oddly enough it's his fastidiousness...
June 30, 2013
A brainless and easily-forgettable thriller.
January 23, 2013
Somewhat faithful to the original, but a stupendously violent fiasco that weasels its way into being unlikable.
September 29, 2012
[Simon West] goes for headshots, stabbings and other dispatches that are the antithesis of modern PG-13 action filmmaking.
September 21, 2012
If you're looking for substance, character development, and an engaging storyline, you'll sadly be disappointed as this film is seriously lacking in all three of those areas.
August 16, 2011
Statham has slowly become this generations' Bruce Willis, combining a quiet and sly screen persona with the ability to kick major ass when called upon
July 21, 2011
The Mechanic will be a decent time-killer for Statham fans, but it's another black mark against the name of director Simon West.
June 1, 2011
May 26, 2011
... a minor pleasure to see an action film that makes a virtue of lean, mean action stripped to the essence.
May 16, 2011
A passable, but emotionally empty, action film that fails to capitalize on its interesting characters.
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