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The Mechanic Reviews

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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
January 28, 2011
Betrayal, sympathy and regret are central to the story, but there's hardly any room for such feelings amid the clockwork carnage.
January 28, 2011
The interplay between dry Arthur and crazy, caustic Steve is what makes the movie fun.
January 28, 2011
The Arthur/Steve relationship at the movie's heart is what lifts The Mechanic above the common run of kablammo! action thrillers.
January 28, 2011
There just isn't enough consistent energy to light up the glum, generic plot or enliven the one-dimensional performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 28, 2011
Jason Statham needs to get a tune-up, switch gears and hit the gas.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 28, 2011
The result is just good enough to pass as an action flick you watch with the forgiving gaze that comes from too many beers and too little sleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 28, 2011
Even by the sloppy, soulless standards of hit man movies, "The Mechanic" is a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 28, 2011
Considerably more fun than the rather lethargic original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 28, 2011
"The Mechanic," 2011 edition, is a striking-looking work, combining an arty inkiness with a retro-graininess that more or less screams 1970s, albeit without the cliches and flatness. If only you liked the people in the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 27, 2011
A sputtering remake in need of a more powerful recharge.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 27, 2011
To the extent it makes sense, it's a collection of time-honored cliches, and to the extent that it's original, "The Mechanic" is insane, bordering on gloriously insane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 27, 2011
The first legitimate action film of 2011.
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.
January 27, 2011
West's slick, fairly faithful new remake gives partial screenplay credit to Lewis John Carlino, who wrote the original "Mechanic." But the picture isn't likely to do for Jason Statham what the 1972 film did for Bronson.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 27, 2011
An intermittently arresting, mostly standard action entry that deals death noisily more than cleverly - a lot like the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 27, 2011
While that pop mythology was still relatively fresh back in Bronson's day, it's so played out at this point that not even the enjoyably no-nonsense Statham can pump any life into it.
January 27, 2011
It's about gunplay and pricey sports cars bursting into flames while three or four cameras capture the moment. In slo-mo. Cue the cool music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 27, 2011
Statham and Foster play off each other nicely, and director Simon West strikes a playful balance between carnage and conviviality, gore and gregariousness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 27, 2011
The Company Men with guns, but no families or pensions. All they have is their job, and retirement literally equals death.
January 27, 2011
Standard Statham stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
January 27, 2011
Haven't we already had enough movies about solitary, enigmatic hit men? Is there anything possibly left to do with the genre that's new?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
January 26, 2011
Statham, the British star of the Transporter and Crank films and an old favorite of Guy Ritchie, has a quietly fierce physicality, a stylish masculinity that makes him appealing to both men and women.
January 26, 2011
The Mechanic is my kind of action movie: nasty, brutish, brisk and ass-kicking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 26, 2011
The Mechanic is ham-fisted pulp, like Robert Rodriguez's Machete taking itself seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 26, 2011
Statham is, in his understated way, a satisfying action star, stoically going about his business. Foster is just a flat-out good actor, as anyone who saw his work in "The Messenger" or "3:10 to Yuma" can attest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 26, 2011
Frantic, numbing redo of the Charles Bronson original for hardcore Statham and action fans only.
January 26, 2011
Depth of character is traded for bloody broad strokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 25, 2011
It proves middling, and occasionally muddled, on almost every level.
January 25, 2011
With its unrelenting violence and obligatory bonking sessions, this is one for avid 'Stath' fans only.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5