The Assignment Reviews

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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]
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
June 18, 2017
Even moving beyond its sticky politics, The Assignment is simply a lousy film.
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
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
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
"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.
April 6, 2017
The seamy characters in Walter Hill's cracked-out crazy, low-budget, neo-noiry thriller The Assignment don't share conversations. They exchange protracted expository speeches that sound like a playwright's explanation notes at the beginning of a play.
April 6, 2017
There's howlingly awful and then there's "The Assignment," a thoroughly ridiculous, numbingly slow neo-noir thriller about a low-life hit man forcibly given gender reassignment surgery by a vengeful doctor.
April 6, 2017
While "The Assignment" is nonsense, it's not especially interesting nonsense, watching Hill flounder as he tries to make a potentially distasteful premise into a graphic novel-inspired romp that's miscast and entirely free of suspense.
April 5, 2017
This is perhaps the angriest movie Hill - longtime specialist in tough-guy fare such as "The Driver," "Last Man Standing," "Red Heat" and "Bullet to the Head" - has ever made.
April 5, 2017
The tricksy structure doesn't have much of a payoff (even though Mr. Hill constructs sequences with deft fluidity). And the role of the surgically altered assassin defeats poor Ms. Rodriguez.
April 5, 2017
The Assignment is an arguably watchable but eminently dismissible hunk of junk, strictly for late-night consumption.
April 5, 2017
It plays like Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin I Live In," but rewritten by someone who really, really loved "Sin City." That is not an endorsement.
April 5, 2017
Hill simply went off the rails with this one and delivered something so wildly lurid and insane that it's a jaw-dropper of ill-conceived bad taste.
April 4, 2017
Titillating and trashy, it's an audacious excuse for a lurid killing spree.
April 4, 2017
The sad truth is it's too dull to be offensive.
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