Mr. Right

2016

Mr. Right

Critics 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.

44%

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User Ratings: 6,051
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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.

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 (18) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (29)

  • While it's supposed to add up to a witty marriage between romance and anarchy, it's so light on moral implications that it's just tacky.

    Jun 15, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…

    Liz Braun

    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…

    Oliver Jones

    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…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Right

  • Oct 12, 2016
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2016
    There's nothing outright special about Mr. Right. But a charming turn (as always) from Sam Rockwell and some well-developed chemistry between him and Anna Kendrick make it a solid cable watch. Mr. Right tells the story of an unhinged and borderline psychopathic former hitman, who romances a recently dumped woman named Martha. The two romantically connect based on pretty much nothing at all, but it works. Kendrick and Rockwell's bond gets increasingly better as scenes go on, as does the quality of the film. It's really difficult to blend the genres of crime and comedy well, especially with an R rating and while it wasn't all great, this film had a lot going for it. This film deals with a certain amount of supernatural concerning Rockwell's impressive ability to literally dodge bullets. Yes, he literally dodges bullets. It took a while for me to become accepting of such a notion, even in a comedy. I get the tone they were going for, but I was legitimately turned off by the main character's unbelievable abilities. It didn't help that Martha seemed to gain these abilities by Rockwell's character simply moving her hands a certain way for a few minutes. That happened. With that said, once I adapted to the ridiculousness of the story, I had some fun with the action and the performances of both Kendrick and Rockwell. It's bloody and uncompromising, which is also something that is difficult to depict in a comedy, but Rockwell's happy-go-lucky attitude towards this violence put a satirical and goofy vibe to the gore, which I accepted. On the other side, I wasn't really a fan of Tim Roth's antagonistic role. I just didn't buy into his extreme hate towards Mr. Right at all. I don't want to say Roth was phoning the role in, because he's world class, but there just wasn't enough there for me to dig my teeth into his character. The screenplay was written by the always interesting Max Landis, who has a strange sense of humor, and all of that comes out in Rockwell's performance. That combination was perfect, which is why I can accept some of the other mishaps. But I would have liked a villain and a story that built more gravitas and weight to the third act. Especially considering Mr. Right is near invulnerable, so it's tough to ever really care about what's going on. But if you're looking for a fun and uninvolved action comedy, give this one a shot. +Rockwell kills it as always +Landis' strange and quirky script +Great music choices -Roth -Explanation of Mr. Right's gifts would have been helpful 6.1/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2016
    You know, I don't know if I've made it obvious in any of my reviews of movies that have Sam Rockwell in then, then you should probably know that I love this man. As an actor I mean and not necessarily as anything else, just thought I'd have to make that clear. Anyway, I think this guy is fantastic and he makes every movie he's in better just by being in them. He's one of those rare actors that can do that. Rockwell was in The Sitter, the one with Jonah Hill, and he was, easily, the best part of that movie. And, really, he's been in some not so good movies that he's the best part of, that's just the kind of actor that he is. And it just seems like shooting a film with the guy would be a blast, I don't know why, but it just seems that way. And I love Anna Kendrick as well, I really do. She's adorably dorky, but she's also really talented and her and Sam Rockwell make a good pairing in this film. But the fact of the matter is that the script around her isn't exactly great. Parts of this film, somehow, remind me of God Bless America from Bobcat Goldthwait. Well, minus the wit. I had some problems with God Bless America, but I felt that it, at least, had some wit and something to say about the culture we live in. This is more of a simply told love story between, really, two psychopaths. But it never really feels that way, I mean Francis is a reverse hit man, he kills the people who hire to kill others since he feels 'murder is wrong', but he's a fairly likable man in all honesty. The people he kills aren't exactly innocent bystanders, so it's not like he's presented as an out-and-out psychopath. He doesn't seem unstable or prone to fits of rage. He's a fairly well-adjusted man who just happens to be a hit man. So you never really truly get a sense that this is a dangerous man that Anna Kendrick's character should, somehow, be afraid of. You can do some of that and still keep the film's tone, fairly, light, since that is what they were going for. But they didn't. And I don't think they do as much with the concept of Martha, Anna's character, becoming more of a part of Francis' activities. Like I can understand her being apprehensive at first, I mean this guy is a hit man after all. But I think the movie would've benefited a lot if Martha became more involved in her boyfriend's activities much earlier in the film than in the climax. And I understand the reasoning behind it, you wanna maintain a certain likability to Martha, but I found Francis to be likable even as he kept murdering people. You can do the same with her. Then again, she might not have been as easy to relate to if she just started killing people several minutes after she met Francis, in film time of course. But, sadly, the movie's biggest flaw, above anything else, is that it's not necessarily that funny. I mean there's a couple of chuckles here and there, but they're not sustained. Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, as I have already mentioned, had really good chemistry together, they legitimately do make a good couple, but that's all the movie really has. I'm not saying that the film doesn't make an effort, it's not like other films where they make the minimum amount of effort and they just let the leads carry the rest of it. I'm not saying that this had maximum effort put in, but the hard work is evident here. Even if the results aren't great. I'm not saying that the film is bad, not in the slightest. Though the fact that I gave it two stars means that I didn't think it was good. A 4 out of 10 is a bad score. But, really, I feel more comfortable saying that this movie is below average. I wouldn't recommend it, but it's not a wholly terrible movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2016
    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 P Super Reviewer

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