Mr. Right

2016

Mr. Right (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick work well together, but Mr. Right is too much of a tonal jumble to take advantage of their chemistry.

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Hyperactive at the best of times, Martha (Anna Kendrick; Pitch Perfect) has gone full-on manic since her latest breakup. She babbles, parties like a monster, cooks everything in sight - and is looking to do something terrible when she meets Francis (Sam Rockwell; The Way Way Back). To anyone else, Francis's approach would come across as creepy, but Martha can't help but be intrigued. They seem a perfect match: she's bananas, he's bananas... except he's a deadly sort of bananas. He's a professional assassin. Francis is a hitman with a cause: he unexpectedly kills the people ordering the hits. Just as Martha begins to realize her new beau wasn't joking when he said he had to step out for a moment to shoot someone, things start heating up for Francis. His services are solicited by a dubious client who's being sought by an equally dubious FBI agent (Tim Roth; Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs). As the bodies pile up, Martha needs to decide whether to flee or join in the mayhem.

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Cast

Tim Roth
as Hopper
Sam Rockwell
as Mr. Right / Francis
Anson Mount
as Richard Cartigan
Michael Eklund
as Johnny Moon
RZA
as Shotgun Steve
Douglas M. Griffin
as Gus Patrick
Jimmy Gonzales
as Park Thug
Gigi Johnson
as Young Martha
Jonathan Billions
as Little Boy Kyle
Cooper Dodson
as Little Boy Gordon
Alec Rayme
as Sniper
Sue Rock
as Sharon Lutz
Bradley Gallo
as Man in Alley
Andy Abele
as Goon #1
Luke Sexton
as Goon #2
Quinn Early
as Goon #3
Eric Stratemeier
as Hideaway Thug #1
Jay Caputo
as Hideaway Thug #2
Sam Medina
as Hideaway Thug #3
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Right

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (16)

Rockwell and Kendrick are great together, but the movie never quite marries the cute romance and the bloody killings. Most of the time the two leads appear to be on their own in a completely separate movie.

May 26, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

Mr. Right isn't a bad movie as much as it is two-and-a-half, maybe three bad movies playing all at the same time.

Apr 26, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
Observer
Top Critic

"Mr. Right" hires two charismatic lead actors, Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, then expects them to carry a movie with almost no compelling reason to exist.

Apr 11, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Rockwell, who literally dances his way through battle scenes with guns and knives, hasn't had a role this satisfying in years.

Apr 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The ludicrous action-flick plot slows to a crawl whenever Kendrick and Rockwell aren't on screen (although RZA has a fun cameo as a kindhearted gunman), but the unlikely duo make this candy-colored carnival of blood and romance hard to resist.

Apr 8, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Kendrick and Rockwell score every hit they can with screenwriter Max Landis's hit-or-miss chatter. Kendrick has always been funny, but has she ever been let loose like this?

Apr 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Right

An okay film about a reformed hit man and his attempts to find love while still being a target. Doesn't quite work.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Mr. Right is a quirky and fun black comedy that's full of laughs. Unlucky in love, Martha McKay discovers that she's dating a hitman who's gone rogue and is now killing the criminals who hired him. Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick have terrific chemistry and deliver great performances. And the comedy is quite sharp and quick witted. However, the plot is a little convoluted and a tad predictable. Yet despite having a few problems, Mr. Right is an entertaining and wickedly funny action-comedy.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

It's the latest trend in movies: "I useta be a highly trained government assassin, but now I kill people purely for my own reasons ..." with the spin in this one being a romance thrown in for spice. This is nada but a personality vehicle for the stars and they do their Jim Carrey best to ladle just that all over the thing. Imagine a guy getting buckshot in the face being played for laffs and you have the tone in a nutshell. Cue the truckloads of bad guys dropping like flies.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Being a fan of quirky indie films, I was very interested in checking out the Max Landis penned, Paco Cabezas directed "Mr. Right." I was not looking forward to it for the director, as he has mostly done some pretty terribly reviewed direct-to-disc films, but for the likes of Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick as two leads. I must address that I am one of the people who defend almost every film that is written by Max Landis, even if it is a sub par film. I acknowledge the fact that most of his scripts have issues and that critics seem to bash every film he writes from the second it leaves the page and is translated to the big screen. Aside from "Chronicle," which will probably forever be his best script, this is the one that I have enjoyed from him the most. "Mr. Right" follows Martha as she discovers that her boyfriend had been cheating on her for a while. The way that is shown in the film is very odd and humorous, which sets the tone for the rest of the film. Running into "Mr. Right," personified perfectly by Sam Rockwell, they begin to have this offbeat connection that will either put a smile on your face or will just flat out turn you off. It is a very odd film to begin with, so once you begin to understand where the film is going, if you do not find yourself enjoying it, I will say that it does not get any better from there. I personally had a blast watching their chemistry. "Mr. Right" is a hitman-for-hire but Martha does not know this at first. She slowly begins to find out and quirkiness ensues until the film becomes a balls out crazy comedic action flick. The biggest issue this film faces is that the main focus is almost too basic for a feature length film. Guy meets girl and she slowly learns his ways into joining him as a killer. There are subplots with Martha's roommate, whom hates this "Mr. Right" guy, which never get's resolved, and I felt it needed to be, as they were best friends after all. Those are my biggest problems with the film though. It definitely strives to be an indie film, as the offbeat dialogue and slow-paced tone does beam through the screen. Almost everything that Sam Rockwell is in, whether or not it is good or bad, is always elevated by his performance, and I truly believe that this film benefitted from that in a very big way. His charm is so likeable and when you place an actress as lovable as Anna Kendrick as his love interest, smiles can definitely be had by any viewer. To end this, the big warning I must stress if you do intend on watching this film, is that the comedy comes through the actors' line delivery and the callbacks to earlier scenes for the most part. It is a very character-driven film that has a very offbeat tone. Overall, "Mr. Right" is a solid rental that has some very likeable characters and some fun scenes. Enjoyable, but ultimately skippable for the average moviegoer.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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