The Gunman Reviews

May 14, 2019
The Gunman is a plastic thriller void of suspense or charm, missing its mark entirely.
March 14, 2019
Though every step of the way the movie feels telegraphed and unsurprising, the good thing is Morel knows how to shoot and stage action scenes very, very well. The fights feel weighty and un-rushed, and some sequences are pretty inventive
February 20, 2019
The Gunman has plenty of big problems, but one of the biggest is the simple fact that its narrative doesn't really make any sense.
January 23, 2019
Despite the presence of those usually reliable actors, this is a film that is sunk by a leaky premise -- with Don MacPherson's adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette's novel a muddled mess of eye-rolling moments.
December 19, 2018
The Gunman also aspires to be a character study, but apart from wanting to sort out the situation around him and looking haunted, Jimmy himself is not depicted in a nuanced manner.
November 2, 2018
Looking back at the description, it sounds like a pretty interesting movie. Unfortunately, it is not. Even Sean Penn disappoints.
August 30, 2018
The Gunman not only falls short on the action itself, but it offers little else for the audience to enjoy.
December 2, 2017
Sean Penn is labeled as The Gunman but the gunplay is generic and does nothing to make this guy feel special
November 5, 2017
With no sense of scale, scope, story or how to shoot bruising action, Morel misses the target.
October 17, 2017
Directed by Pierre Morel, who also directed Taken, the action sequences are competent, but the tone of Morel's B-grade style action movies doesn't sit well with Penn's thoughts on globalization.
October 17, 2017
Mostly ... you look at Penn, flexing his overly-gym trained torso in numerous shirtless scenes, and think, what led him to this point of desperation? Can he really be that jealous of Liam Neeson?
August 16, 2017
[Pierre] Morel's uneven tone ironically matches the jarring plotline
March 7, 2017
The Gunman doesn't shoot blanks, but it is never fully loaded.
July 14, 2016
Even for an action movie, The Gunman is ridiculously, almost courageously, dumb. It's also boring. So, you know, it's got that going for it.
July 13, 2016
Relentlessly, loudly violent, the well-made Gunman is oddly compelling even when it's stupid (often).
June 7, 2016
That aid work and violence are often two sides of the same coin is an all too familiar scenario, but in The Gunman there's little distinction between the pair.
May 22, 2016
You just leave the theater suspecting in most alternate universes that this movie is totally awesome, but the one we get is just okay.
April 27, 2016
It's directed by Pierre Morel, who started the geri-action genre with Liam Neeson in Taken. This one's both more complex and stupider and barely exciting, even when it's hailing bullets.
April 6, 2016
In spite of its human rights background story and the presence of actor Sean Penn, The Gunman unspools as little more than a by-the-numbers action thriller.
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.