Elektra Reviews

  • Elektra girds her loins with less intensity of purpose than if she were scanning the darkness for signs of copyright infringement.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The latest Hollywood movie to give comic books a bad name, Elektra stars Jennifer Garner as a superheroine who dons fetish-wear the color of blood before laying waste to every man in sight.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Garner, adept as she is at physical stunts and action moves, is far more appealing when she's playing charming and adorable, as she did so winningly in 13 Going on 30.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • What it suffers from most is the sense of offhand storytelling that lies halfway between creative laziness and cost-cutting sloppiness.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • [Garner] does all the stuff you can see her do on Wednesday nights -- namely, some of her own stunt work in outrageous costumes -- but without an ounce of zeal, charisma, or purpose.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Offers no surprises, and whether or not you'll appreciate its modest charms depends entirely on whether you too have been anticipating Garner's new outfit.

    Benjamin Strong — Village Voice

  • Elektra is stripped of the unrepentant ferocity that made her a crossover hit in the first place. Here, she quickly succumbs to her gooey, maternal side -- which means if ever there's a sequel, she'll have no edge.

    Jami Bernard — New York Daily News

  • It's listless, lame and sloppy enough to make last year's Catwoman seem agile.

    Philip Wuntch — Dallas Morning News

  • Plays like a collision between leftover bits and pieces of Marvel superhero stories.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Devotees of awful filmmaking can't go wrong with this one.

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Tribune

  • This doesn't exactly set the world on fire, but I was charmed by its old-fashioned storytelling, which is refreshingly free of archness, self-consciousness, or Kill Bill-style wisecracks.

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • Kill Bill without irony, and without Quentin Tarantino's flair for cool dialogue and chop-socky action (and without Uma Thurman, for that matter).

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • What might have been at best a silly Xena-style martial-arts adventure meanders listlessly through swaths of relationship drama.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Hmmm, where have I seen this before? Oh, yes, I saw it Wednesday night on television. Except her hair was pink. And I had eight more bucks in my wallet.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Garner's one-note performance isn't the only thing crippling this undercooked comic-book adventure. There's a patchy script that bumps along in fits and starts, but never comes to life.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • Alternately too talky to triumph as an action vehicle and too frenetic to be fleshed out to succeed as a drama.

    Brian Lowry — Variety

  • Resembles nothing so much as a dumbed-down, PG-13 version of Kill Bill, put together by a team tone-deaf to bad dialogue, atrocious acting, cheesy special effects and clumsily staged action sequences.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • The film's multi-writer screenplay struggles vainly to hide its plagiarized themes and action beats.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • The constant talk and tease of Elektra is sure to cause even more male frustration than Catwoman and Tomb Raider, where the femmes were similarly dolled up and then sexed down to appease the nanny censors.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • That she is in fact a hired assassin on a $2-million contract killing is charmingly offset by the fact that she wears no makeup and ties her (albeit ridiculously) long brown hair back in a ponytail.

    Leah McLaren — Globe and Mail

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