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The Samaritan Reviews

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July 26, 2013
The Samaritan benefits substantially from the inclusion of a shocking turn in the narrative at around the halfway point...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 28, 2012
What could have been an intriguing character study about redemption turns into an absurd series of eye-rolling plot twists that makes it impossible to take this mess seriously.
May 22, 2012
Director David Weaver and co-writer Elan Mastai's neo-noir script is just a shadow of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.4/10
May 19, 2012
It packs its narrative with a succession of increasingly clichéd twists, one of which involves the sudden recognition that its main character, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson), is romantically involved with his own daughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 18, 2012
The experience of watching Samuel L. Jackson actually act is the only real pleasure to be gleaned from the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 18, 2012
It's not honest with its people, or its plot. And the only ones it really cheats are audience members.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 18, 2012
Even the spirited Ruth Negga can't lift this by-the-numbers neo-noir out of its dull parboiled rut.
May 18, 2012
Director David Weaver and co-writer Elan Mastai twist the movie in several different directions before settling for a professional but generic pulp thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 18, 2012
[Jackson's] doleful revenant is in almost every scene, and this hardworking actor seems to know that the film around him should be a light-footed caper instead of a grim noir with a side order of deviance.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 18, 2012
It seems impossible that Jackson could go through an entire movie without ever raising his voice, but here he is.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
May 18, 2012
A scripted cliché: the ex-con who wants to go straight until the plot kicks in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 18, 2012
"The Samaritan" proves that even Samuel L. Jackson can be boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
May 17, 2012
The haphazard feeling of the narrative deflates any real tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
May 17, 2012
Way too much psychosexual melodrama, portrayed in performances that range from utterly bored (Jackson) to embarrassingly broad (Kirby).
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 17, 2012
The Samaritan takes a jarring turn right out of Park Chan-wook, and from there takes a tumble into ludicrousness from which it doesn't recover.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
May 17, 2012
It's thoroughly mediocre, which feels like such a disappointment when one considers that the script's ingredients include murder, deception, sex, and ungodly sin.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 17, 2012
Sets itself up as a crime thriller yet fails to deliver more than a twinge of surprise as it meanders toward a flaccid endgame swindle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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May 17, 2012
Jackson seems only interested in cashing his paycheck, even if it's not an especially large one.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 17, 2012
"The Samaritan" isn't a great noir, but it's true to the tradition and gives Samuel L. Jackson one of his best recent roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2012
The theme's familiar, but The Samaritan's stylish palette -- the colors of corruption and despair -- paints it new.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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