The Mechanic - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Mechanic Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A brainless and easily-forgettable thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Luke Ryan
The Vine
March 23, 2011
If you enjoy senseless and creative slaughter, the sound of gunfire, the sweet embrace of explosions and the well-muscled-testicle-like visage of Jason Statham, then this movie may well be for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Una LaMarche
New York Observer
April 4, 2011
The Mechanic is like a Beretta loaded with blanks -- quick and brutal but ultimately empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Neal
The Standard
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 27, 2011
Adding more explosions and gunplay doesn't make the story any more interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 23, 2013
Somewhat faithful to the original, but a stupendously violent fiasco that weasels its way into being unlikable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
January 31, 2011
If the action didn't work, it would be as forgettable as the film that spawned it. But Simon West's shiny and swift direction, inspired by Tony Scott sensationalism and invigorated by a Louisiana blues score, just about manages to grip.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
January 26, 2011
A mechanic seems like a thinking man's occupation. The Mechanic, though, barely has a thought in its head.
| Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
February 2, 2011
A mixture of hackneyed script, explicit violence and a plot with no thrust.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
January 28, 2011
A weak script and a fumbled climax seriously deflate what could have been an explosive thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 27, 2011
"The Mechanic" tells a story as old as "Hamlet" in a style as new as unbaked bread. What's the point?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 26, 2011
The Mechanic is adequate light entertainment for those who enjoy thrillers, but it is uneven and the underwhelming ending will disappoint those who enjoyed the delicious irony served up by its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 27, 2011
Let's not denigrate the term "action film" by applying it to the remake signed by director Simon West. This is a violence film, not an action film.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 27, 2011
Mr. Statham, the specialist in English tough guys who was so affecting in "The Bank Job," has more to offer than "The Mechanic" has the grace to receive.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
January 31, 2011
Won't win any prizes at charm school but delivers the goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Grierson
Screen International
January 26, 2011
Despite the dependably uber-cool presence of Jason Statham, The Mechanic doesn't wield enough inventiveness or attitude to fix its overriding sense of familiarity.
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
February 2, 2011
Tomb Raider maestro Simon West's remake of the 1972 action thriller can't be bothered with nuance, intrigue, or piquant detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 28, 2011
Statham has at least three more movies coming out this year. I bet at least one of them will be better.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
January 27, 2011
Standard Statham stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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