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The Samaritan Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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
Cole Smithey
May 15, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] The Samaritan" is a juicy little crime thriller that does the job.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 23, 2012
If the trickery isn't quite as multilayered as we might hope, there's still Jackson's furious performance to appreciate. He as fun to watch as he always is.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 21, 2012
It's a slow build until the final act, but it remains gripping thanks to a snaky plot that gets nastier and scarier as it develops.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
April 20, 2012
Jackson carries all before him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
March 9, 2012
A rock solid Samuel L. Jackson adeptly anchors the twists and turns of this noir crime thriller.
Todd Jorgenson
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.
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
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
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
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
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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
Kurt Loder
Reason Online
May 18, 2012
Even the spirited Ruth Negga can't lift this by-the-numbers neo-noir out of its dull parboiled rut.
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
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
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
May 18, 2012
It seems impossible that Jackson could go through an entire movie without ever raising his voice, but here he is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 18, 2012
"The Samaritan" proves that even Samuel L. Jackson can be boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2012
The haphazard feeling of the narrative deflates any real tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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