The Assignment Reviews

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.
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.
August 11, 2017
Terrific noir thriller. Rodriguez is daring, provocative and sensational as a hitman. A must-see, so rent or buy it.
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 7, 2017
Rodriguez and Weaver are riveting. This lurid B-movie has cult following written all over it.
April 7, 2017
From its bad-taste premise to its chintzy production values, the film is deranged.
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 6, 2017
It will never be confused with one of this filmmaker's finest, but if you can get on the movie's bonkers, pulpy wavelength it's kind of a hoot.
April 6, 2017
[Not] a "good" movie in the conventional sense of the word, but it's a great piece of unbridled pulp fiction and a fabulous showcase for Weaver and Rodriguez.
April 6, 2017
Unconventional, flamboyant, daring, provocative, and with Hill's playful when not pathologically crafted preference for outsiders. And more about masculinized females or its opposite as gender neutral ruthlessness, than transsexual anxiety as an issue.
April 6, 2017
The Assignment isn't quite as nutso and passionate as it ought to be. Even the violence, gritty at times, feels a little impersonal and detached. But the film's tawdry precision is compelling by itself.
April 5, 2017
With an arch wink and a nod, THE ASSIGNMENT dissects society's norms via its less reputable elements as cleanly and mercilessly as Jane removed Frankie's manhood.
April 5, 2017
Rodriguez absolutely tears it up as a stomping, cussing nuclear core of male swagger, both before and after the surgery.
September 17, 2016
The film's dialogue is entertainingly hard-boiled, and the performances knowing without ever being arch.
September 16, 2016
Deliciously cheesy, pulpy, and trashy in all the right ways.
September 12, 2016
If it's time to tread in '80s nostalgia - and, while we're at it, why not a dash of post-Tarantino '90s crime-flick remembrance to go with it? - (Re)Assignment speaks to these needs.
September 12, 2016
For longtime fans of the filmmaker, this Canadian-made low-budget revenge yarn will be embraced as Hill's most entertaining and, on the terms it sets for itself, accomplished film in some time. It's an instant cult item.