The Gunman Reviews

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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?
April 16, 2015
Part of the problem is the script's determination to drag some of Spain's most scenic spots into the action whether or not they suit the mood.
April 16, 2015
If you want a thriller about architecture, here is your thing. Gaudi with Guns, they could have called it.
March 27, 2015
Rarely, though, have two Academy Award-winning actors been so stunningly off the mark in the same movie.
March 23, 2015
I object to The Gunman because it's unconvincing and incoherent.
March 20, 2015
A dull, generic retread, made far worse by Penn's self-seriousness as an actor, by the banal political pieties he's grafted on as producer and co-writer, and by the presence of a pitifully retrograde female lead role.
March 20, 2015
I doubt The Gunman will do much to advance Penn's foray into action-hero bankability, and that's probably a good thing. He's too fine an actor to be mired in nonstop shootouts while flashing his pecs and looking scowly.
March 20, 2015
This isn't so much a film in which every ageing male fantasist can invest as a film that works as an allegory for the state of Penn's career alone. A specialised taste, I suspect.
March 20, 2015
The Gunman degenerates into dreary setups for guns and gore. Penn merits more. So do we.
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.
March 20, 2015
Like a queasy blend of Still Alice and The Bourne Identity.
March 20, 2015
Obviousness prevails.
March 20, 2015
The kind of throughly anonymous and undistinguished film that barely would have passed muster as a mid-2000s DTV project top-lining a third-tier TV star.
March 20, 2015
It devolves into a mess of worn plot lines. If Morel wanted to give Penn's career new life as a world-weary action hero, he missed his target.
March 19, 2015
Part of the contract that movies of this sort forge with moviegoers is that the reasons for all the running and gunning won't get in the way of the action. "The Gunman" doesn't play by those rules.
March 19, 2015
Penn is dour and not the least bit heroic in this movie. He survives the action sequences but neither they nor his participation in them gets the blood pumping.
March 19, 2015
Penn's gym-bunny loveliness is the most attractively toned part of the film. Everything else is out of condition.
March 19, 2015
Sean Penn has spent a lot of time in the gym lately. We know this because, well, it's hard to ignore when a 54-year-old man grimly grabs every opportunity to shed his shirt.
March 19, 2015
A plot that makes no sense, characters that are barely there, and a denouement that is an insult to everybody's intelligence, all combine to make Penn's action-man debut fire blanks.
March 19, 2015
If the film's intent is to condition the audience into a distaste for violence through boredom, it succeeds.
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