The Assignment Reviews

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October 8, 2019
Grindhouse groupies will have something to celebrate with the latest offering from maverick auteur Walter Hill, the simultaneously shameless, trashy, and generously entertaining The Assignment.
August 21, 2019
'The Assignment', with its tone changed, is a mere food product that goes from a research drama to pure and hard-acting film in its final stretch. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 29, 2019
It's vintage meat-and-potatoes Hill, but any sense of low-brow, comic book fun continually crashes against a concrete wall made of one-note performances and a lunkhead, monologue-heavy script.
November 6, 2018
The Assignment feels like a case where the audacity of the premise and the talent attached to the project kind of supercede the ultimate quality of the film, making it a must see for Hill or Weaver fans. Aside from that premise, the film struggles.
November 18, 2017
So much of "The Assignment" is offensive. Rodriguez and Weaver both try to enhance the lousy material, but these fine actors deserve better than this lousy B-movie
August 11, 2017
Terrific noir thriller. Rodriguez is daring, provocative and sensational as a hitman. A must-see, so rent or buy it.
June 18, 2017
Even moving beyond its sticky politics, The Assignment is simply a lousy film.
May 1, 2017
Instead of giving Millennials the heroic gender transition that they demand, Hill insists that we think deeper - perhaps about the media's popularizing of sex reassignment and the painful complications that such a choice entails.
April 11, 2017
...a real curiosity and is probably destined for cult status.
April 9, 2017
On the one hand, this thriller starts out with a ludicrous, wrong-headed idea, but on the other hand, as directed by Walter Hill, it's so skillful and pulpy that it could become a cult classic.
April 8, 2017
Transphobia is the least of this mindless exercise's multitude of problems, beginning with the fact that the premise is so laughably implausible.
April 7, 2017
Under Hill's direction, Weaver doesn't seem to enjoy a moment of her sociopathy. But she's not the only one. Everyone gets a walloping here, if not a bullet to the head, in this grimy attempt at film noir.
April 7, 2017
Hill, working with co-writer Denis Hamill, is going through the motions as far as the main revenge storyline is concerned.
April 7, 2017
Rodriguez and Weaver are riveting. This lurid B-movie has cult following written all over it.
April 7, 2017
Hill has been mulling The Assignment's story since the 1970's, and that in itself may prove a cautionary tale: If it's taken you almost 50 years to finally get your story made into a movie, it probably wasn't that great of a story to begin with.
April 7, 2017
From its bad-taste premise to its chintzy production values, the film is deranged.
April 7, 2017
In the hands of a better writer, perhaps the idea could have at least found something clever to say about the gender roles of action cinema. As is, though, you have to ask: what's the point?
April 7, 2017
Has enough skill and personality going for it to make it worth checking out, even if it doesn't quite live up (or down, depending on your perspective) to its borderline sleazy premise.
April 7, 2017
"The Assignment" is an embarrassment all around, a murky, regrettable piece of gutter cinema. Next year's Razzie Awards race starts here.
April 6, 2017
[I]ts biggest sin isn't cultural, political, or anything of that nature. No, the biggest problem is that it's dull.
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