The Foreigner Reviews

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December 27, 2017
The Foreigner could've used less of Brosnan's bombast, frankly, and more of the mysterious Mr. Quan, but this dark-edged little razor blade of a film is ultimately a satisfying comeback for Chan. More, please.
December 16, 2017
The scene in which Chan beats up David Pearse and Michael McElhatton through three floors of a Belfast B&B in itself justifies your attention.
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.
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.
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.
October 13, 2017
This movie works, and even if it doesn't quite succeed on all levels, from an overall entertainment perspective there's very little negative that I can say.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 13, 2017
There's not enough substance here to make its overall dreariness worth it.
October 12, 2017
... given the leads - it's James Bond meeting Supercop, after all - it's hard not to wish for a little more.
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
Even overlooking its fictionalized account of an inexplicable political resurgence, the film falters in its needlessly convoluted plotting.
October 12, 2017
A rare dramatic role from Chan, but that's not enough to recommend this dull action-thriller.
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.
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