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
The sad thing about Elektra is that it reveals that for all the millions of dollars now spent on them, comic-book movies are being made with no more distinction than the cheapest old Saturday-afternoon serials.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
Without a viable screenplay, there's nowhere for the character to go, and no way to avoid making her look silly.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A ponderously inert, disjointed drag that's anything but live action.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Everything comes back to Garner, though -- and even when the movie takes itself too seriously, thankfully she never does.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Breathlessly boring spinoff of Daredevil.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Would it kill a tough girl to crack a smile or eat a Twinkie or make a pass once in a while? Does she have to be a squinty jerk with intimacy issues in order to be considered super?
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Violent comic book movie with lingerie costumes.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Some comic properties should just be left on the page.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
An utterly embarrassing misfire with poor performances, contrived elements, and a weak premise.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Garner's charms extend beyond the mere physical. Simply by showing up, she makes Elektra far more entertaining than it has a right to be.
Christy Lemire - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
For all its slow-mo kick-flying and computer-generated mysticism, the story is tissue-thin and simple to the point of being simpleminded.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
What's missing in this Elektra is a certain sense of play and imagination.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
It felt like I was back in my childhood watching serial chapters at a Saturday matinee.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
As for Garner, she remains a lovely screen presence, but it's impossible to buy her as an emotionless killing machine.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Elektra shoves Frank Miller's eponymous cold-blooded assassin into a PG-13-friendly adventure.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
During a fight, a character declared "Enough! It ends now." And I thought It's about time! Now there's a sure sign of an action movie falling short of its potential.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
A none too Marvel-lous spin-off from Daredevil.
Derek Adams - Time Out
Garner may justify her reputation as an action woman, but fails to prove that sais matter.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
There's a skeleton of a cool fantasy story here, but the clatter and clunk of its fleshless bones is dispiriting.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Never mind giving 1000 chimps 1000 typewriters and having them produce a script in a week. Instead, give 1000 chimps $US100 million and see how long it takes them to come up with a blancmange blockbuster such as this.
Jim Schembri - Sydney Morning Herald
Absent an established fan base or cadre of recognizable villains, filmmakers are forced to shoehorn in superfluous back story and excessive inner turmoil.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Much like the onslaught of sword-and-sandal epics, the comic-book-adaptation boom has resulted in a decreased effectiveness of the subjects.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
The curse of the new Bennifer has birthed a deformed fury that not even sexy red ninja lingerie could save
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Could you please create a lead villain whose best move doesn't involve flying bed sheets?
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Garner looks great in the Elektra outfit, but that didn't do much for the plotting and filmmaking, which is average to worse.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Elektra's muddled story and formal unsightliness aren't filmmaking tragedies of Greek proportions, just Hollywood's latest casualty of concept over character.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
'Jennifer Garner tiene el potencial de ser una super estrella, pero con decisiones como esta el camino va a ser mucho mas complicado de lo que deberia'
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
...a pointless, muddled mass of sentiment and cliches that elicits mainly yawns.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Comic book fans take it on the chin once again...
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Jennifer Gardner provides some wonderful eye candy for the audience to enjoy and that somehow makes it all worthwhile.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
You'd think the notion of putting Jennifer Garner in tight red leather...would be a no-lose proposition, and you'd be right. But unfortunately there's other stuff in this
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
We find that the movie has more plot holes than actual plot.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Not the best, but not the worst (and the upcoming Fantastic Four movie can only make [Elektra] look better).
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
A study in how a 'can't miss' project can go awry in just about every conceivable way.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Billed as the first action event movie of the year, superhero flick Elektra isn't so eventful.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Elektra does have some action in it, which is especially awesome if you're into bed sheets flying around.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
It's shockingly dull for a popcorn flick, and only ardent fans of the comic are likely to enjoy it.
Paul Arendt - BBC
When we can get the Lifetime Network on basic cable, and watch 'Alias' every Wednesday night for free, is this really necessary?
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Almost bad enough to be a guilty pleasure, except that it takes itself so seriously.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Hardly the Citizen Kane of superhero films - but Elektra is better than DareDevil, and a LOT better than Catwoman.
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
Ha uma linha tenue entre uma personagem complexa e outra mal-construida - e Elektra se encaixa nesta ultima categoria.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Not stupid enough to qualify as good, dumb fun.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
You're left with stilted dialogue and dark, underlit sets.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
...pseudo-sleek and thinly-sensationalized. [Garner's] one-note performance as a destructive diva feels rather empty and generic
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
A dim bag of assorted chicken parts.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
There's better superhero action in Hellboy or Spiderman, and there's more enjoyable Jennifer Garner fare in 13 Going On 30.
Scott Andrews - FilmFocus
In another film, the slice-and-dice action scenes would have had me reaching for my thesaurus. But I liked this movie. Go figure.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
They should have just called this movie Contractually Obligated Sequel staring Jennifer Garner because I can see no other reason why someone as talented and as smart as she is would want to do this film.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
With so much riding on Garner, you'd think the screenwriters would have given her something to work with.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Garner is an extremely likeable actress, even if she occasionally mistakes acting for pouting - she's the reason the film is never less than watchable.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Talk about a house of flying daggers.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Repetitive, brutally edited and almost suicidally somber, Marvel's first spinoff movie is nonetheless several shades more watchable than Daredevil.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
One's likely to spend the first half of Elektra waiting for it to wakeup and the last half trying not to fall asleep.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
It's surprising how spectacularly [this] take on the Marvel character fails.
Anthony Del Valle - Las Vegas Mercury
The more I think about it, the more I'm inclined to think that this movie would better serve as ukulele picks.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
While Elektra is better than Daredevil and Catwoman, it doesn't hold a candle to really good superhero movies like X-Men and Spider-Man.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
"Elektra" is a shocking mess.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
[With] dialogue as half-assed as its entry-level CGI effects, Elektra lacks thrills, narrative, emotion, believability, character development-and frankly-watchability.
Aaron Hillis - Premiere Magazine
Elektra going gooey maternal? Gimme a break!
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
Both Garner and Elektra will likely survive, but that doesn't make it easier to watch this opportunity go to waste.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Static and plainly derivative.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Elektra is crap, but it's expensive, finely made crap. It's Faberge crap.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
It's not Schindler's List, but it's not Catwoman either.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
Nothing Elektra-fying about Garner or this movie
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
On s'emmerde pratiquement de la premiere a la derniere minute sans etre sur pourquoi.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
In a world where hair extensions are licensed to kill, where Fredericks of Hollywood is the official outfitter of vigilante justice...
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Despite her valiant front, Elektra can't separate personal from professional problems.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Sharp yet aimless.
Steve Head - IGN Movies
Garner's moxie can't lift Elektra above its sluggish storytelling
Christian Toto - Washington Times
Like Big Trouble in Little China without the laughs.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
For an action movie, this flick often lags in the action department.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
[Garner] is ... gloriously in gear, ready to kick some Hand.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Half of it feels like pure, Saturday-morning cartoon show. Half feels like an attempt at an actual relationship drama. They should have listened to the first half.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Elektra the movie is a lot like Elektra the assassin. It executes its mission with considerable precision but never feels truly alive.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
The fight sequences are hot.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
It's opaque where it should be clear (motivations; fight scenes). It's clear where it should be opaque (what happens next).
Erik Lundegaard - Seattle Times
There's a tired, by-the-numbers feel to Elektra.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
A little The Replacement Killers, a little TMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze and a little Mortal Kombat. Make of that what you will.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Elektra and Mini E do battle against the forces of evil. For non-cbl's (comic book lovers) this is just another silly night at the movies.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
This is a comic book movie that feels like it might have been made for the Lifetime channel. With costumes by Victoria's Secret.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
You only have to endure this package to miss Uma Thurman, and realize how superior is Tarantino's fleet hipster wit and kinetic showmanship.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Elektra isn't the Carmen Electra story, but after a while, you'll wish it were.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Garner has no trouble looking sexy, and teen boys should enjoy Elektra's many gratuitous costume changes, but she's hopelessly unconvincing in this icy role.
Peter Debruge - Miami Herald
No one could give a galvanizing performance in a film as unengagingly written as this one.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
It's really hard to believe that any of this is meant to be taken seriously, not for a split second, yet there is Garner, stalking morosely about as if she's doing Eugene O'Neill instead of a dopey fantasy actioner.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
A film for people who might like watching scene after scene of Jennifer Garner sleeping.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
In terms of comic book flicks, it's way better than Catwoman and nowhere near as good as Spider-Man.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
No one will confuse Jennifer Garner for Meryl Streep, but she has a solid turn here as a woman who makes a big show of having withdrawn from the world but really hasn't.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Elektra is a mediocre action drama about a reluctant assassin who discovers her nurturing side.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Better than you might expect. But given the ultimate source material (Frank Miller's moody and moving Daredevil comics from the mid-'80s), it's a squandering of character and story that would make Comic Book Guy weep.
Steve Tilley - Jam! Movies
a silly spinoff that is far less concerned with telling a worthwhile story than it is with telling the world that Garner has a magnificent bod.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Laughable without being entertaining.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Feels like we're peeking in on a twisted superhero's draggy therapy sessions.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Call me squeamish, but this is my problem with Elektra, the Punisher and similar characters: Killers make lousy heroes.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Garner looks as terrific in Elektra's trademark scarlet bustier as Halle Berry did in Catwoman drag, but pinup appeal alone does not a compelling movie make.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Another inert, soul-dead action drama that turns actors into zombies.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Can't decide if it wants to be an action-packed, martial-arts romp or a dark and sensitive allegory about love and loss. The film attempts both approaches and succeeds at neither.
Rachel Leibrock - Sacramento Bee
A somehow stupider version of Mortal Kombat.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Gaps don't ruin the film, thanks to Garner's performance and Bowman's apparent enjoyment of his job.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
An illogical, meandering mess.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Giving a spec/polish script to a neophyte director and demanding a low-end vehicle for today's hot eye-candy is not the way to bring superheroes to life. Just ask Halle Berry.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Plays like a third-rate knock off of House of Flying Daggers by someone who has heard about House of Flying Daggers but has never actually seen it.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Elektra's story is as thin and simple as they come, full of genre cliches and established merely to stage one elaborate action scene after another.
Paul Doro - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Comic book spin-off has a star in Jennifer Garner, but no script -- which makes it a hyper-cut bore.
James Rocchi - Netflix
True to form, Garner creates a strapping action character with as many foibles as muscles.
Bob Townsend - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Elektra succeeds because of Garner's dedication to the character, and her willingness to go along with some rather outlandish ideas for a comic book adventure.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Sexy costumes, a fair amount of flesh, and a few well choreographed fight sequences can't make up for the fact Elektra lacks heart.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Nothing says action film like a bad guy monologuing for five minutes. Has Bowman ever heard of 3 point lighting? Elektra is a failure on almost every conceivable level.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Laughably bad...a tepid, torpid comic-book movie that could accurately be described as this year's Catwoman.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Though the attempt is moody and earnest, I can't say that it's smart or memorable.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
'And I must say that not since Rafael kicked butt with the rest of the Ninja Turtles has a character wielded a sai the way Garner does!'
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
If watching Jennifer Garner kicking butt is your thing, save yourself the price of a movie ticket by skipping "Elektra" and watch her far superior free TV show "Alias."
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
...a bit like ordering egg rolls at McDonald's.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
The unremittingly dour screen adaptation of the Marvel Comics character.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
A poorly written collection of comic-book movie cliches that offers nothing new to the genre, generates very little in the way of action thrills and plays like a self-important, humorless rip-off of Kill Bill.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
No matter how many times I hear about the actress' arresting good looks, I just can't get past the fact that she always comes across as slightly mannish.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
Girlfriend should have stayed dead.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Watching this is like sitting by a pinsetter at a bowling alley.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Ho-hum actioner that's rife with cliches.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
The thing about Elektra is, she flashes back so often you wonder if she may have experimented with acid back in her days at Superhero U.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Produces levels of excitement typically attained by proofreading science textbooks
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
The movie is more like a series of fight scenes and chases occasionally interrupted by sullen glances.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Elektra, who has a troubled past like several of Marvel Comics' superheros, is a challenge for filmmakers. While I respect their efforts, I can't recommend the result.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Substituting titillating triumph for tragedy, this adaptation of Marvel Comics' knife-wielding knockout comes across as hopelessly blunted.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
What might have been a solid popcorn flick about . . . good and evil, redemption and forgiveness, is reduced to one that barely skirts schlock
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Scantily clad action heroine with a sexy-tough pout? Check. Supernatural bad-guy gang of tattooed, Goth-punk clowns? Check.... A half-hearted, prefabricated effort.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Comic book franchise or Victoria's Secret commercial?
Kim Morgan - L.A. Weekly
Elektra would have been far better off staying dead.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com