Haywire Reviews

  • Carano projects an intriguing aura in her dramatic-acting debut - part smoky, dark-haired sexuality, part bruiser, with an uninflected alto voice that cuts through crap.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • It is self-consciously and aggressively trivial, a feast for formalists who sentimentalize the gloriously cheap B-movies of the past.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • A vigorous spy thriller that consistently beckons the viewer to catch up with its narrative twists and turns. Bordering on convoluted, it works best when in combat mode.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "Haywire" stays true to its low-rent B-movie principles, right down to the fast, strong and quietly competent heroine at its center.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • The pleasure of this small, eccentric movie is the natural way Carano hurts people - by, say, walking partway up a wall and climbing onto a man's back, by sprinting toward the camera and flying into the human target standing in the foreground.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • As cartoonish live-action and photorealistic cartoons reign at the multiplex, all but obsoleting the laws of gravity, Haywire puts the impact back into screen violence, brings it back to earth.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • Carano is cool and in control, even after running, in real time, several blocks and pummeling a guy in an alley. But "Haywire," clean and no-fuss as it is, needs more action scenes to match Carano's game.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • There's no deeper meaning to Steven Soderbergh's thriller than what meets the eye, yet its lustrous surfaces offer great and guilt-free pleasure.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • "I don't wear the dress," explains Mallory Kane as she ponders the details of her next job. If she did, she'd probably strangle someone with it.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Haywire doesn't just start 2012 with a bang; it sets the bar very, very high for every action film that's going to follow in its footsteps this year.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • Carano is strong, fast, relentless. She's not much of an actress yet, but Soderbergh hides her weaknesses well...

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Carano is wonderfully athletic, which is just as well, because she spends most of the film being wonderful athletic.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Carano may not be a born or a natural actress; she is, however, an undeniable and heartening rebuke to the skinny-Minnies Hollywood favors over real women with curves.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • There's a good deal of pleasure to be had in the clockwork precision of her hand-to-hand combat, which Soderbergh often shoots in profile to showcase her wall-climbing backflips.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • From start to finish, serious fun.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • While she can't out-act Angelina Jolie, Carano definitely looks comfortable onscreen. And she's a lot more credible kicking butt.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • "Haywire" isn't a by-the-numbers action vehicle, it's a crafty thriller that works to undo beat-em-up cliches. In short, it's a livewire.

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • Soderbergh plays with the action genre by planting a real fighter in the role of butt-kicking protagonist, and Carano rises to the challenge.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • The whole point of this time-wasting farrago of idiocy is that women can cut, kick, slash, burn, maim and kill just like men -- and make bad movies that are just as stupid.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Steven Soderbergh's action-filmmaking chops get a swift, vigorous 92-minute workout in Haywire.

    Justin Chang — Variety

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