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The Samaritan Reviews

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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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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
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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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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
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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
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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-
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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
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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
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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.
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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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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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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
March 9, 2012
A rock solid Samuel L. Jackson adeptly anchors the twists and turns of this noir crime thriller.