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.
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.
January 28, 2011
Jason Statham needs to get a tune-up, switch gears and hit the gas.
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.
January 28, 2011
Even by the sloppy, soulless standards of hit man movies, "The Mechanic" is a mess.
January 28, 2011
Considerably more fun than the rather lethargic original.
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.
January 27, 2011
A sputtering remake in need of a more powerful recharge.
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.
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.
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