Ninja Assassin Reviews

  • Let's be honest, killing is this film's business... and business is good.

    Chris Nashawaty — Entertainment Weekly

  • This saga, set in Berlin, is more committed to its bloodletting than to any of its characters.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • The fight scenes are uninspired and I suspect post-pubescent audiences will be very bored.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • A movie that provides plenty of jolts but precious little pleasure.

    Dan Kois — Washington Post

  • The credits for Ninja Assassin list two screenwriters and one director. But it's fair to say the movie has come straight out of a box.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Shouldn't throwing stars be silent? If they're gonna sound like gunshots, why not just use guns?

    Brian Miller — Village Voice

  • What's a recovering ninja assassin to do? Why, paint the screen bright red, of course. Splatter it on. We're talking streaks and rivers of blood -- bloody swords, bloody clothes and, my personal favorite, bloody stumps.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Heads may roll, torsos get severed and geysers of blood spurt, but no amount of CGI'd gore can save 'Assassin' from being dramatically lame, visually impaired and kinetically flat-footed.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • McTeigue can barely shoot straight, and the editing is so hack-y, you have to take the stunts and fight choreography on faith.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • When a movie's first scene shows one thug getting the top of his head sliced off and another being chopped diagonally in half, you know you're not in for much of a dramatic crescendo.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Rain is a very talented slaughterer. He could kill you with a pair of tweezers, a hair dryer, two bananas, whatever. Be glad he's a good ninja.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • This movie may be filled with razor-sharp shuriken and katanas, but as far as the filmmaking goes, it's a blunt instrument.

    Kerry Lengel — Arizona Republic

  • Seemingly made to capitalize on a dubious CG innovation -- namely, the slicing of bodies in half by whizzing five-pointed stars -- Ninja Assassin has little else to recommend it, not even laughs.

    Rob Nelson — Variety

  • This movie knows exactly what it is: Gonzo silliness about bodies turned into human salsa.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • There's more to making sword-and-splatter work than just shiny blades and blood. It's got to have an edge, and the one on Ninja Assassin is dull as a butter knife.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Thanks to the movie's dire script, flat performances and excessively slick, tricked-out fight scenes, it gets increasingly hard to care about anything that goes on here, even when it happens to be visible without the use of night-vision goggles.

    Jason Anderson — Toronto Star

  • This one is simply a diverting, uncommonly violent action flick. No need for an extended critical postmortem. Except to say the Wachowski brothers' trademark seems to have turned into a designer brand dedicated to producing inexpensive knockoffs.

    Stephen Cole — Globe and Mail

  • Ninja Assassin lives in the moment, a visceral gouge of a picture, and sections of it move so fast -- and are so intriguingly, dimly lit -- that you have to use your imagination a bit to discern what's happening.

    Stephanie Zacharek — Salon.com

  • It is indeed filled with lots of ninjas who are constantly at each other's throats with all manner of sharp implements.

    Ethan Alter — Hollywood Reporter

  • Since the ninjas only come out when it's dark, most of the movie's fight scenes are low on both visibility and excitement.

    Glenn Whipp — Associated Press

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