Daredevil, in this movie at least, is little more than a hollow clone of Batman and Spider-Man, with far less idiosyncrasy than either.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Second-rate and ordinary.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
Unconvincing touches aside, it's exhilarating stuff showing the kind of darkness Tim Burton once shed on the Batman legend.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
There'll be plenty of ragging to go around once audiences get a dose of the dullest live-action comic strip on record, one that lacks even an interesting villain.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Perfectly satisfactory without being deeply satisfying.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Daredevil doesn't take a single dare.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Too hollow and pedestrian to dramatize the conflict between its hero's vigilante streak and his moral straits imaginatively.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The numerous fight scenes have been filmed in Confuse-o-Rama, a headache-inducing technique that mixes a dozen too many cuts per minute, projectile P.O.V., and intermittent glimpses of the hero's sonar sensorium.
Ed Park - Village Voice
The best Marvel movie to date.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
A dull waste of a compelling comic-book character.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
A well-crafted introductory course.
Ricardo Baca - Denver Post
The movie is actually pretty good.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Daredevil is slick, expensive and filled with good-looking actors flexing muscles, but once it grabs our attention it doesn't really reward it.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
[A] dull actioner.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
After sundry Batmans and last summer's Spider-Man, the comic-book formula of childhood loss, filial revenge, and freakish physical prowess doesn't seem all that fresh anymore.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Completely devoid of subtlety or sense, the film is a series of bad scenes connected by empty characters, most of whom seem like leftovers from scripts abandoned long ago.
Tom Long - Detroit News
A pretender in the realm of bona fide superheroes.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
The flick misses the bull's-eye by such a length that nobody except hard-core fanboys and leather fetishists will be panting for the sequel promised at the end.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The action almost never stops, which is both Daredevil's biggest asset and its greatest shortcoming.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Even in February, it feels like the worst movie of the year.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Not woeful, not wonderful, merely watchable.
Dean Essner - Globe and Mail
The maroon couch-suit is kind of cool and it's fun to watch him suck face with Jennifer Garner. But in the end, Ben Affleck can't make us forget that other red-costumed New York superhero.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Kind of lousy.
David Edelstein - Slate
Sometimes, you can tell when parts of a movie have been left on the cutting room floor, and that's the case with Daredevil.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A collection of false starts interrupted by an awful lot of angst-ridden contemplation, the picture serves up soul-searching gush with scant pulse-pounding rush.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Daredevil isn't laugh-out -loud lousy, it's something worse: deeply, depressingly average.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
While Daredevils' title role proves to be a snug fit for Ben Affleck, the movie itself sags in all the wrong places.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
For all its cliches, it has a cracking third act, helped by doses of 15-rated violence.
Matthew De Abaitua - Film4
there's a lot to like here and a comic film more people should give another chance.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Superhero is darker, more violent than Spiderman.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Justice may be blind, but the only enjoyment to be had out of this is to be blind drunk.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Torn between moody grandiosity and cartoonish mayhem, Daredevil tries to have it both ways, and succeeds at neither.
David Ansen - Newsweek
The film is impressively dark and gritty, but the melodrama and Daredevil's relationship with woman warrior Elektra are labored.
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
Lo and behold, this is a superior movie.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
It may not have the heart of Superman, the charm of Spider-Man or the thrills of X-Men, but Daredevil is an engaging B movie in the tradition of good Saturday afternoon entertainment.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Affleck's lanky, offhand softness hardly suits the superheroic archetype...[but] The R-rated Director's Cut...deserves an extra half-star. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
I enjoyed Daredevil while it lasted, but ... very little of it has stayed with me.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
A disappointment at nearly every turn.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
There are enough strong moments to guarantee a good night out.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
It's not bad so much as it is disposable and forgettable.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Convincing in the physical demands of the role, Affleck persuades us of the pain of sightlessness and supersensitive hearing, although writer/director Johnson's scrappy construction fails him and everyone else as the showdown approaches.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
The shame of this mess of a movie is that it could have been quite good.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
James Verniere - Boston Herald
It is Colin Farrell as villainous Bullseye who steals the show.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
A faithful translation of the character and one of his more memorable tales on the page; it satisfies as an adventure and as a more intimate story.
Michael Dequina - Movie Poop Shoot
Du cinema prefabrique qui donne envie de revoir Hulk et X2.
Louis-Jerome Cloutier - Panorama
The relationship between Murdock and Elektra could have made for an interesting film.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Mark Steven Johnson has wisely paced his film with elaborately choreographed fight sequences and ingratiating dialogue.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
This is the type of movie that Hollywood loves to make. No story, an inane script, no acting, people fly, loud noises, absurd special effects, lots of gratuitous violence.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Daredevil isn’t a masterpiece, but ... it’s worth a trip to the local multi-plex.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Even with [Colin] Farrell's inspired performance, Daredevil falls short.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Daredevil is not as sophisticated as X Men but is infinitely better than the bloated and overwrought Spiderman.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Nothing like being a wallflower at your own party.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
I soooo wanted to like this movie.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Ben Affleck as a superhero: isn't this inherently ill-conceived?
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
Daredevil may lack the power of other superhero films, but it's still an entertaining ride for action-movie (and comic book) fans.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Not a Marvel masterpiece, but it's got enough star power and punch to make it a dare worth taking.
Terri Clark - Apollo Guide
Writer-director Mark Steven Johnson was an unlikely choice for a big-budget superhero feature like Daredevil," but he proved perfect for the job.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Johnson renders the action scenes with kaleidoscopic drive pulsed by a terrific soundtrack and weakened by sometimes geeky CGI effects.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Picking up a comic book that's pretty good but has about one-fourth of the panels incomplete is what it feels like watching Daredevil.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
The film's plot takes the viewer on the trail of a love story with explosions and fight scenes that make emotion secondary.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
The film's spectacle outweighs the character or story elements that truly evoke audiences' attentions in the lasting or memorable ways that did the incipient franchises which no doubt inspired it. . .
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
The filmmakers may have been a bit too empathetic with Daredevil's disability, as it feels they made the movie with one blind eye.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
...so unrelentingly dark, its script so gloomy, and Affleck so determinedly vapid, the film falls flat and leaves a viewer not only uninspired at the end but rather depressed.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
The rooftops of New York seem to be overcrowded with superhero types because they keep on running into one another all the time...
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Heaven forbid that there should be a sequel to this.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Johnson hasn't decided if he's making an exuberant action movie or a drama, and veers awkwardly between the two.
Alexa Moses - Sydney Morning Herald
Gaunt and joyless.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
Boldly and brazenly larger-than-life, a rock-the-house popcorn flick propelled by thunderous waves of vengeful obsession and faux-operatic passion.
Joe Leydon - San Francisco Examiner
It certainly could have been a lot worse. It could have starred J-Lo as Elektra.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
'Daredevil esta plagada de accion, luchas cuerpo a cuerpo y grandes efectos especiales que la hacen bastante atractiva, incluso mejor en muchos aspectos que la sobrevalorada El Hombre Arana.'
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Os fas do personagem podem ate apreciar a experiencia, mas os nao-iniciados certamente nao se sentirao compelidos a aguardar uma nova aventura do Homem Sem Medo.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
...pese a lo que diga el tagline del superheroe, da miedo de solo pensar que Affleck repita el rol en las secuelas...
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
[A} marriage of big brains, big brawn, and -- most happily -- big heart.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
The digital effects, including many of the fight scenes, are terrible -- TERRIBLE!!!
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Forget the fact it's a bad comic book adaptation--it's just a bad movie.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
An unlikable and pretentious film that probably ranks as the most disappointing would-be blockbuster in years.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Conflicted heroes are nothing new.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Daredevil isn't a spectacular achievement by any means, but in lots of ways it finds the right notes and never fails to pique the interest of its viewers.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
'What kind of superhero can be rendered helpless by a loud noise?'
Paul Arendt - Teletext
Its choppy narrative and flashy MTV-style direction/editing can only be seen as a second rate Batman.
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
In Mark Steven Johnson's film DAREDEVIL, Ben Affleck may have the look to play the character but lacks the charm and the strength to carry the film
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
A solid, though not perfect, start to a possible screen franchise.
Michael Dequina - Film Threat
The story of Daredevil might be recycled superhero cheese, but it plays by that formula and imagines a fully-realized, fully-drawn character. And you believe that Daredevil would indeed need some drugs to get through his day every once in a while.
Blake Davis - KFOR Channel 4 News
"Daredevil" is presented as a far more interesting character than the villains he fights... while Daredevil may not be the most famous comic book character in the Marvel universe, this film interpretation is in no danger of being mistaken for another Roge
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
It's like we're back in the Death Wish era but with leather and digital effects.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
It's pretty hollow at its core -- even for a comic book.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
...looks more like an ultra-athletic episode of Dark Shadows than your traditional superhero flick.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
It's a grim, familiar place to be in an action movie -- thrilling to abuse and carnage. That Daredevil makes you pay for it, even a little, is to its credit.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
One gets the sneaking suspicion that Batman never would have embarrassed himself like this.
Nick Schager - Nitrate Online
Unable to secure a good balance of character and plot, director [Mark Steven] Johnson ends up providing something that is at times exhilarating but more often tedious.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Go into this movie expecting a fun romp, that's what you'll get. It's good vs. evil, with a very dark side, and hopefully will set the trend for action comic book films for the year.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
In his saggy, dull-red leather gear, Ben Affleck hangs on the screen like a forlorn biker who's lost his buddies in a bar brawl.
Anita Schmaltz - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
A minor-league Marvel hero gets a big-star film treatment that will appeal to action junkies ... and leave a broader audience cold.
James Rocchi - Netflix
The movie has far less emotional weight than, say, Spider-Man.
John Powers - L.A. Weekly
The first time we see Ben Affleck as Daredevil, he's high atop a church in Manhattan, looking beaten, bruised and woozy in the sort of lipstick-red leather bondage gear you'd expect to find on a cross-dresser...
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
It's a film that came dressed for the party but forgot how to party.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Daredevil is nothing more than a big train wreck of a film. Too bad those responsible for bringing it to theaters were not on the train when it derailed.
Josh Gilchrist - Billings Outpost (Montana)