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The Gunman Reviews

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July 13, 2016
Relentlessly, loudly violent, the well-made Gunman is oddly compelling even when it's stupid (often).
February 23, 2016
A muscular, passable piece of slick entertainment on the action front, The Gunman's ambitions are welcome, but could have used another polish.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 2, 2016
[An]] entertaining -- if morally questionable -- thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 18, 2015
Sean Penn horns in on Liam Neeson's territory in The Gunman, an efficient if undistinguished revenge thriller about a former mercenary turned humanitarian worker forced to race through Africa and Europe when his past acts come back to haunt him.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 30, 2015
Penn's mumbling and the occasional thick British accent sometimes make the proceedings a little hard to follow, but director Pierre Morel knows how to stage his shoot-'em-ups with a potent visceral charge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 4, 2015
There are plenty of shootouts and punch-ups but the film's most entertaining sequences revolve around Jim using his head as opposed to his fists.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 18, 2015
There are a lot of actors you expect to see headlining action films. Sean Penn is not one of them. Yet here he is proving beyond any sensible question that he can roll, run shoot, stab and bleed with the best of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 16, 2015
Really, it's all about engaging in that ancient action movie pleasure of watching a well-trained killer fight for his life and save his woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 16, 2015
If you want a thriller about architecture, here is your thing. Gaudi with Guns, they could have called it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 14, 2015
...a thoughtful, provocative thriller replete with richly crafted characters, gripping set pieces, and an underlying moral drive about the very nature and consequences of violence.
April 10, 2015
Action packed, with tense and thrilling sequences, although things come together in the end, I was frustrated by the constantly shifting nature of the story
April 3, 2015
Now that Liam Neeson's stint as an AARP action hero seems to have Run All Night into the ground, you won't believe who's buff, sweaty and ready to take over.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 1, 2015
In his latest film, The Gunman, Morel tones down the action in favor of a more thoughtful and mature exploration of violence and its consequences. It also reinforces that Sean Penn still has the best scream/cry in the business.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 21, 2015
It's Rambo tailored to Penn's humanitarian interests.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 20, 2015
I enjoyed this more than I expected I would, mainly because of the cast and because I was pleasantly surprised that the movie was not just a derivative Taken knock-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 20, 2015
Apparently, if you're a veteran Hollywood actor, you get your AARP card at 50 and your action movie franchise at 55.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 20, 2015
The actors are good and the action is thrilling. And if the film isn't quite as seriously political as I'm guessing Penn told himself it was, it's definitely an offbeat change of pace for us.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2015
I've pretty much always enjoyed watching Penn in everything, not despite of his hambone tendency to milk every moment of every shot but because of it. This stupid movie is no exception ...
March 19, 2015
Director Pierre Morel is the real hero here, supercharging the genre material with touches of brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 19, 2015
Jim is a former bad guy himself, which lends an extra layer of moral ambiguity to the action; not enough to qualify as profundity, but at least it's something more to think about than the snazzy sports car he manages to pick up while on the run.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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