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Shaun Munro
What Culture
April 26, 2012
Probably hoping audiences will mistakenly assume this to be a comic book spin-off, the cynically-titled Fury is a derivative, low-energy slog pretty much from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
May 15, 2012
Despite its exploitation ambitions, this Samaritan is good only for a last-ditch swerve into schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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Sam Adams
AV Club
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-
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies
April 19, 2012
Good early running is seriously undercut by tiresome twists, predictable turns and a rushed, botched, improbable ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
Alison Willmore
Movieline
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
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
May 16, 2012
...goes from mechanical to (unintentionally) hilarious, stopping frequently at the cliché shop along the way.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
May 15, 2012
Weaver's story slowly begins to buckle under the weight of its own self-seriousness and familiarity, concluding with a showdown and resolution marked by one implausible and unsatisfying been-here-done-that twist after another.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
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-
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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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Cath Clarke
Time Out
April 20, 2012
Surely there were sheepish faces all round in Jackson's camp when they saw this?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
May 11, 2012
If anything, this Canadian production misses a great opportunity to dig into its setting and examine the dark side of seemingly pristine Toronto, even as the script by Elan Mastai and director David Weaver labors over a mostly boilerplate storyline.
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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
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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
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.
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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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
April 19, 2012
It wants to be a nimble-footed con movie, but also a bludgeoning (and bloody) revenge thriller, neither of which it succeeds in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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