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The Foreigner Reviews

October 19, 2017
Martin Campbell directed this twisty, bracing political thriller, giving Chan room to display his dramatic ability and letting Brosnan flesh out a vigorous, complex character who's surrounded by frenemies with secrets of their own.
October 19, 2017
Chan is perfectly fine as a man who feels he has nothing to lose, but his hollowed-out gaze and Death Wish-style crusade can't compensate for how numbingly thin this all is, stringing together just enough plot to justify the eruptions of violence.
October 14, 2017
It's well-made, nicely paced and accomplishes what we expect from this sort of film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2017
The Foreigner is a good, lean cut of meat-in other words, a typical Martin Campbell movie, expeditious and cold-blooded in its cross-cut, cloak-and-dagger plotting and violence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 13, 2017
I'm not sure anyone has plans to turn this into a franchise, but I certainly want to see more from this Chan-aissance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 13, 2017
Chan ... remains a likeable everyman hero type that the audience roots as he navigates his world through a labyrinth of violence and betrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2017
Jackie's back in town and it's nice to see him in something that isn't so campy. The Foreigner is actually at the other extreme - it's serious to a fault.
October 13, 2017
This narrative splice job simply doesn't hold together. Call it a taut mess or a hot mess, take your pick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 13, 2017
Chan may still be figuring out what he can and can't do in his old age. But dreck like The Foreigner should be swiftly crossed off his bucket list, and never revisited.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 13, 2017
The intrigue is high and the action is furious, but a sort of meta subplot is also at work: Sextagenerian action-film hero Chan against onetime 007er Brosnan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2017
Feels as if a writer tossed a few darts at a board labeled with aging action stars and various terrorist groups to construct a script. Jackie Chan vs. the Irish Republican Army? That could work.
Top Critic
October 12, 2017
No ticket-buying constituency is likely to feel well-served by The Foreigner, a chilly marriage of political thriller and latter-day Liam Neeson-style geriatric revenge-o-rama.
October 12, 2017
A rare dramatic role from Chan, but that's not enough to recommend this dull action-thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 12, 2017
By the hour mark, it becomes abundantly clear why this film was made: Jackie Chan wanted it to happen. Everyone else is fairly disposable.
October 12, 2017
The Foreigner may have been shot before the most recent rash of violence, but it's still too disposable to be this disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 12, 2017
Someone has finally figured out what to do with Jackie Chan in America. This formula is the right one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2017
This is the most dramatic role Jackie Chan has ever tackled, and he plays it with raw emotional power. And, at 63, he's still doing his own killer stunts. Chan is The Man-now and forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2017
Mr. Chan is in his early 60s, and he doesn't deliver the action pizazz here that he used to. Nor, frankly, does he summon enough gravitas to be persuasive in the role of a grief-maddened father.
October 12, 2017
Campbell has never had as physically talented a lead as he has with Chan, who's peerless at performing choreographed fight sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 12, 2017
A warning to Liam Neeson, Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford and the rest. You want to keep trying to make your AARP action movies, you go right ahead. But the real grandmaster is back and ready to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 10, 2017
[Campbell is] a master at rejuvenating tired warhorses, and he pulls it off again with this one.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2017
The movie is keenly aware of the West's long tradition of white-on-Asian racism, and "The Foreigner" flips the script on the tradition of Hollywood studio movies in which a white hero kicks foreign butt in some exotic country.
October 4, 2017
It's good to see Chan swapping his happy-go-lucky persona for two hours for some gravitas as a tragic rogue with a marked past.