The Accountant Reviews

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November 9, 2016
At least, in its determinedly populist way, this violent character study makes you think.
November 3, 2016
A fantastically convoluted, over-extended but watchable action thriller whose many dangling loose ends, subplots and side characters are finally tied up with a showy flourish.
November 3, 2016
The Accountant boasts an appealing central performance from the redoubtable Ben Affleck, but is elsewhere lumbered with sluggish pacing, a surfeit of narrative detail, implausible coincidences, [and] tension-deflating flashbacks.
November 3, 2016
This cast deserves better than a faux-'70s action thriller. Tedious and forgettable.
November 2, 2016
Sadly, Kendrick has little to do in the film's second half, which gets bogged down in a pointlessly complicated plot, much of it relayed in an especially clumsy flashback just before the climax.
October 19, 2016
The Accountant is, begrudgingly, a pretty good time, especially once its solemnity gives way to its kitschy ode to familial pain.
October 17, 2016
The movie isn't some wicked subversion suggesting that the world is so corrupt that the bad guys are really the good guys. Rather it's a movie that can't figure out what might constitute a good or a bad guy in the first place.
October 17, 2016
Piles up plotlines like an overbuilt house of cards that comes crashing down at the first well-earned guffaw of ridicule.
October 16, 2016
The Accountant should be a straight-ahead thriller, but the film keeps tripping over its own incompetent feet. Maybe it was made for adults, but it sure doesn't feel like it was made by them.
October 15, 2016
Affleck plays a math wiz whose position on the autism spectrum allegedly makes him a perfect assassin. That notion is offensive on so many levels, especially in the service of such low-grade crime fiction, that it's painful to watch.
October 14, 2016
A movie that could easily have been familiar, disposable entertainment but is made with sufficient competence and energy to capture the viewer's attention and linger a little after the end credits have rolled.
October 14, 2016
The Accountant is laughable, but when you're not laughing at it, you're laughing with it. It's enjoyable enough.
October 14, 2016
This probably sounded like a surefire idea for a franchise, but there are so many plot twists that the narrative comes to resemble a Mbius strip. That wouldn't be so bad if at least the twists made a modicum of sense.
October 14, 2016
A character study as much as a ruthless shoot-'em-up.
October 14, 2016
Feels like a total misfire from top to bottom.
October 13, 2016
The Accountant, which stars Mr. Affleck as a math savant/marksman/martial artist who uncooks books and kicks backsides, is an effective and even affecting pop thriller.
October 13, 2016
It's like Iron Man, if Tony Stark had never stopped selling arms to the bad guys.
October 13, 2016
Poorly conceived and woefully executed, almost on par with Affleck's notorious bomb, "Gigli."
Top Critic
October 13, 2016
With its chilly atmosphere, unhurried pacing, minimal music, and close attention to behavior (not just the unwavering routines of its main character), this movie could've been made in the 70s.
October 13, 2016
If you're going to make the first mainstream movie about autism since "Rain Man," maybe don't feature an anti-hero who's highly adept at shooting people in the head.
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