The Gunman Reviews

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March 19, 2015
Mr. Penn, aiming for weary, battered intensity, settles into a zone somewhere between fatigue and indigestion.
Top Critic
March 19, 2015
A dum-dum action picture that briefly pretends to be about world aid before returning to muscular, middle-aged men beating the snot out of each other.
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
Whatever else we might think of Sean Penn's bid for an active middle age via The Gunman, we can't doubt his enthusiasm.
March 19, 2015
Director Pierre Morel is the real hero here, supercharging the genre material with touches of brilliance.
March 19, 2015
OK, we've seen the biceps and the abs. Very nice. Now, back to the brain.
March 19, 2015
The only redeeming feature about The Gunman is its exotic locations.
March 19, 2015
I can imagine Sean Penn agreeing to star in this Taken knockoff on the condition that it educate moviegoers about humanitarian crises in Africa; it does, but the film feels misshapen as a result.
March 19, 2015
"The Gunman" is a predictable slog through action-movie tropes, and Penn's intensity isn't a good fit.
March 19, 2015
A well-executed thriller that leaves us stirred but not shaken.
March 19, 2015
There's a grubby, redemptive quality that makes this tough-minded flick feel like the son of "Serpico" and "Salvador."
March 19, 2015
"The Gunman" may start as a genre exercise of promising purpose, but it winds up being just a lot of bull.
March 19, 2015
It's a tasty cast, but the script does not do its job in crucial areas, letting the audience get way, way out ahead of the reveals.
March 19, 2015
It succeeds, partly because the moral climate it presents seems so confused, but mainly because of Penn's particular aura of irascible integrity.
March 19, 2015
Penn remains a furiously committed method actor, even in a paycheck role such as this one. But he's not enough to prevent the film from becoming the same-old.
March 19, 2015
Yes, there are plot holes aplenty, but the action is tautly staged by Morel and that makes "The Gunman" a satisfactory time-passer.
March 19, 2015
A lightweight thriller posing as a heavy political drama, or vice-versa. Not thoughtful and no fun.
March 19, 2015
The Gunman is too disorganized and sloppy to make sense as political commentary or to work on the most basic level as a globe-trotting chase thriller.
Top Critic
March 18, 2015
Unfortunately, nobody ever won an Oscar for washboard abs. And nobody is going to win five seconds of admiration for 115 minutes of tedium in The Gunman.
March 18, 2015
Watching Penn pump iron and denounce capitalism for two hours would be roughly as illuminating as this monotonous Euro-thriller.
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