Redemption Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 5, 2013
When it comes to playing impossibly lethal flint-eyed loners, no one can match Statham. Besides, who else could pull off, when confronted with a blade-wielding assailant, a surreal one-liner like this:'You've got a knife. I've got a spoon.'
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
June 30, 2013
[A] flawed but ambitious (and rather peculiar) London-set thriller ...
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
June 30, 2013
Redemption fights against the conventions of the average revenge thriller and thanks to Statham and writer-director Knight, it wins more often than not.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
June 30, 2013
Has a little more on its mind than a simple serving of beatings. Visually striking and marked by unexpected characterizations, the movie isn't perfect, but it's unusual, acting as a career multivitamin for Statham.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 30, 2013
Compelling, if never entirely convincing.
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
June 28, 2013
...it's when he's quiet that Statham is the most powerfully devastating, like an undetonated bomb in a church square. The promise of violence is its own kind of allure.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 28, 2013
Jason Statham is arguably the leading action star of his generation, but with Redemption, the feature directorial debut from talented screenwriter Steven Knight, he attempts to expand his range for the first time since The Bank Job.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
June 28, 2013
Jason Statham takes a darker role than usual in a gritty London drama that never quite seems sure of itself, as writer-turned-director Knight mashes several huge social issues with a hint of action and a rather awkward romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
June 28, 2013
Taut and efficient at just 100 minutes, Hummingbird gains added atmosphere from having been shot mostly at night in London while Statham can even make a spoon resemble a lethal weapon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 28, 2013
Look beyond the generic shell, and this wildly imperfect movie appears to have a rare soul lurking inside it.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 28, 2013
A flawed but still solid debut. And another strong step forward for Jason Statham, the man who won't stay still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
June 27, 2013
It's a dark, tough and unyieldingly violent movie that disdains action movie clichés and gives Statham his most dramatically complex, challenging movie character so far, one executed with surprising compassion, even vulnerability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 27, 2013
Statham uses his steely watchfulness and grim demeanor to draw us in. He and the film wind up engaging, even as the script stretches credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
June 27, 2013
Hummingbird's richly nutty premise grips from moment to moment, and Statham bolsters his reputation as master of the absurdist threat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
June 27, 2013
This has plenty of atmosphere and shows that Statham has the chops for more dramatic fare, while keeping fans happy with some bone-crunching action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 27, 2013
An engaging, enjoyable and beautifully shot thriller with an intriguingly offbeat script and superb performances from Statham and Buzek ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Julian Roman
MovieWeb
June 25, 2013
Drugs, trafficking, poverty, violence and love against the backdrop of a broken man. Redemption is Jason Statham's best film to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Catherine Bray
Time Out
June 25, 2013
'Hummingbird' doesn't always work but wins points for originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
June 24, 2013
A serious, somber character study marred by a handful of quick action scenes probably shoehorned in to allow the studio to market this as an action film, which it's not. Statham's performance is excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Mark Adams
Screen International
June 24, 2013
Jason Statham switches into avenging angel mode in Hummingbird, an intriguingly nuanced and moody tale of one violent and complex man's attempt at redemption.
Top Critic
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 27, 2013
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