Parker ticks enough boxes as an action film to score a positive review.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
The movie is a morals-free procession of bang bang bang! and blood blood blood!, and men slamming each other with blunt objects and slicing each other with blades.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
If "Parker" is, in the end, business as usual, it is also a pretty good deal.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Parker's vengeance isn't thrilling, there's a pointlessly developed non-love triangle, even the glam settings look cheap, and the tough-guy exchanges are inexplicably flat.
Tom Russo - Boston Globe
Hollywood hasn't butchered Parker-which is to say that it has let him remain a butcher.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
A little more effort -- from anyone -- might be nice.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The most distinctive thing about "Parker" is its title.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
A cool, violent, efficient adaptation of the taciturn anti-hero (the creation of Donald E. Westlake, writing as Richard Stark), who's out to restore order in a bloody world in his own bloody way.
Bruce Diones - New Yorker
Although working with material that is lackluster even by his standards, Statham manages to demonstrate a commanding screen presence that cannot be dismissed.
Peter Sobczynski - Chicago Sun-Times
Take that, Nicholas Sparks.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Parker" should have stayed parked.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
For an old-fashioned crime thriller, you need real pros. Mr. Statham is to acting what Taco Bell is to nutrition.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
"Parker'' is watchable chiefly for Statham, who exudes effortless cool and excels in hand-to-hand combat, as well as demonstrating his skill at wielding some very unlikely weapons.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's not very often you can blame a bad movie on a secondary character. Jennifer Lopez earns that dubious distinction in Parker, dragging down what would otherwise be just another generic Jason Statham actioner.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Poster quote: "Parker," a film that's a little better than you'd expect!
Laremy Legel - Film.com
Hackford struggles to find an equivalency for Westlake's spare, hard-boiled prose.
Kate Taylor - Globe and Mail
The action scenes are crisply directed, brutal, and invigorating. There are several of them and, in the aftermath of two, Parker is left a bloody mess.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Statham is stepping into a well-known persona. But he's not exactly pushing himself outside his comfort zone; he's on auto-pilot here, despite the obvious physical demands of the part.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
A formula action movie that hits its formula marks as if no one expected more. I do expect more. So do Westlake fans. This Parker spits in our collective eye.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Screenwriter John J. McLaughlin has rendered a faithful adaptation of "Flashfire," one of the 24 novels filled with Parker's meticulous schemes and personal machinations.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Randomly in the future you'll come upon it late one night on Starz, watch twenty minutes or so, then change the channel.
A little more energy behind the camera and a different leading lady and Parker could have been something great. As it stands it's a treat for Statham fans only.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
As a tasty but un-nourishing rehash, it's not bad.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The movie seems to suffer from a misguided attempt to chase the female demo.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
The action flick doesn't do much to wow you, but keeps things exciting.
Calling "Parker" run-of-the-mill insults the pleasures of the potboilers it's trying to emulate. It feels like the product of misfits who broke into a mill shuttered on the edge of town and fired up the machines without understanding how they work.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Parker is a functional enough actioner but lacks pizzazz.
Staci Layne Wilson - Sci-Fi Weekly
Hackford brings a sense of style and sure-handedness to the proceedings that is uncommon for films of this genre.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Parker is well executed, ultimately entertaining and totally consumable but hardly groundbreaking as action thrillers go.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - HeyUGuys
Even adding Jennifer Lopez to the mix in time for her to strip and show off her infamous rear doesn't add much in the way of silver screen sizzle.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Statham puts the fun back into discriminate, pornographic violence.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
If Statham harbours ambitions of making a career-defining action thriller, Parker has to be seen as another opportunity lost.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
...to see [Lopez] wasted here, forced to behave girlishly and neurotically and eventually become a hostage, is insulting.
Dave White - Movies.com
We like you, Jason. You're perfectly acceptable in near-silent, pseudo-Asian action nonsense. But you, sir, are no Lee Marvin.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Hackford approaches his task as if he's seen one of the duffer Elmore Leonard movie adaptations of recent years, or at least had one described to him.
Graeme Virtue - The List
The film has some bone-crunchingly good action sequences, one decent one-liner and it's all daftly watchable, but one suspects that this is more of a career high point for Statham than for Hackford.
David Aldridge - Radio Times
Works well enough to prove [Statham] has more than physically demanding stunts in him.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Far better made than it has any right to be, this cheesy 70s-style thriller is given a thoroughly engaging kick by veteran filmmaker Hackford working outside his usual dramatic genre.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
Slick, refined and so polished you can damn near make out your reflection on Statham's forehead.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
A mediocre, poorly paced thriller ...
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
It all just fizzles out.
It's an overlong, arduous caper, drawn from the work of thriller writer Donald E. Westlake much as a patient's tooth might be extracted with much banter and minimal anaesthesia.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Things get off to a flying start, but you just know your luck isn't going to hold.
Adam Lee Davies - Little White Lies
Hackford does supply some genuinely hard-boiled thrills, including the briskly efficient opening heist and a bruising hotel-room tussle for Parker and a would-be assassin. But when Lopez wiggles and pouts her way into the caper, the film goes soft.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Under Taylor Hackford's efficient direction, Parker delivers on all counts.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
There's a black hole of chemistry between Statham and Lopez.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
Overall, it gets by, but bets are hedged when single-minded efficiency and ice in the veins would have been enough.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
A moderately entertaining, no-frills crime caper shot through with enthusiasm by its talented cast.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
It does sag in the middle but its witty enough to make realise how charmless the latest Die Hard film is.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
Like Parker's robberies, it isn't entirely successful, but Statham and Lopez make enticingly mismatched partners in crime.
David Hughes - Empire Magazine
"Parker" quickly settles into a lurching routine of explosive, predictable set pieces.
Greg Evans - Bloomberg News
not masterpiece, but it's fun, it's clever, and it manages several surprises as Statham's cinematic persona becomes a man of brains as well as muscle
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Parker wants to be more than a standard action film, and those efforts, ironically, are what sabotaged any chance the film had to be good as a pure action film.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
A middling action movie, neither great nor terrible...efficient but completely unexceptional.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
... a stylish but predictable cat-and-mouse potboiler about brutal dishonor among thieves.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
He might have lost his edge, but Parker hasn't mellowed in his old age. A sunny, silly, violent revenger that puts Statham in good company.
Rob James - Total Film
It's above-average because of its fascinating cast. 'Parker' will come as no surprise to fans of Jason Statham's other R-rated actioners. It's the assemblage of this ensemble piece that's a pleasant surprise.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
'Parker' will come as no surprise to fans of Jason Statham's other R-rated actioners. It's the assemblage of this ensemble piece that's a pleasant surprise.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Twenty years later, it turns out that Statham may be the last real action hero.
Michael Nordine - Willamette Week
Implausibly violent and burdened by the pace destroying presence of Jennifer Lopez, it's still an entertaining addition to the vengeance genre, thanks to Statham.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
I fear he might get beaten up at the box office ...
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Somehow you just expect more of a Jason Statham movie than this.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Short on standard Statham action, Parker is an unremarkable but (mostly) satisfactory crime tale worth checking out.
Sandy Schaefer - ScreenRant
Oh Jason Statham, will you ever stop making the same movie over and over again?
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
A B-picture in the classic mold: unambitious but precise.
Matt Singer - ScreenCrush
Statham is ever-reliable as a leading tough guy, but he gets saddled with the unwinnable task of teaming up with a silly, unnecessary sidekick played by Jennifer Lopez.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
The performances aren't to blame here, but unfortunately everything else is: bad story, worse script, and useless subplots make "Parker" an action ride for which you won't want a ticket.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
Underdeveloped, uneven, low-budget B-movie, a muddled crime-thriller that's not worth the price of admission.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
The absurd pairing of Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez has paid off for director Taylor Hackford.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
The opening credits are a major clue that this early-in-the-year release was going to be decent.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
For fast-paced, no frills, mindless action, you could do a lot worse than Parker.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
Statham delivers everything he is supposed to, and everything we want him to, but the rest of the movie doesn't deliver much of anything -- except the awkward sensation of watching a big movie with high-profile stars sputter.
Katherine Monk - Canada.com
There's little to distinguish Parker from a host of other generic Jason Statham pictures.
Chris Knight - National Post
"Parker" winds up with the worst of both worlds: It's pointlessly violent and nauseatingly cute.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
You can use electricity to make ice, which is pretty much what Statham does in Taylor Hackford's jaggedly satisfying thriller, Parker.
Stephanie Zacharek - NPR
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A taut, believable and beautifully played film noir.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
Generic action flick has high body count, predictable plot.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
A standout crime thriller at the beginning and end, but takes some ill-advised, not-very-interesting detours in its middle third.
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
Statham stands as one of the few contemporary action stars with the personality and physicality to carry a big-budget shoot-'em-up. Here, he also successfully manages to make a character already played memorably by some pretty talented actors all his own.
Jason Buchanan - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Parker turns out to be a big letdown as it brings nothing new to the crime thriller genre, and it is not likely to stay with you long after the credits have finished.
Ben Kenber - We Got This Covered
The elements don't combine to any great effect, leaving this adaptation from the work of pulp novelist Donald Westlake feeling lacklustre and a bit old fashioned.
John Hazelton - Screen International
Statham allows himself to be goofy on occasion as well, which is why this ranks as one of his most enjoyable performances to date.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Eventually, the simplicity of Parker gets the better of it.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
This is classic grindhouse material pretending to be something it's not.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
Though Parker starts off fairly strong, the action gets more predictable as it meanders toward its conclusion.
Josh Modell - AV Club
Parker has a few good fight scenes, but overall it wastes its cool ensemble cast and never really amounts to much more than a TV episode of a crime show.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
It's a messy effort with plot holes galore, yet director Taylor Hackford manages to convince with the essential elements. Just don't think about the details too hard.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
Under Hackford's direction, there is more to "Parker" than explosively staged action sequences (though there are plenty of those).
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
It's made with such skill and smarts that it stands above such eye-rolling blow-'em-up fare as Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
It's an uneven but fairly enjoyable ride, one that benefits from Statham's cool, capable presence.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
They make Statham talk too much. And Lopez? Thanks for stripping.
Roger Moore - Movie Nation
In a world of pumped up, hyped-up action stars, Statham is one of the few who looks like a genuine man of action. Like Parker, he gets the job done. And then he moves on.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Parker has a lot going for it.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Jennifer Lopez is the albatross around this movie's neck. Whenever she's on screen, it's garbage. When she's not, Parker is actually quite a bit of fun.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Parker's not very good. It's not worth seeing on a lark. It's probably not even worth seeing on disc. It's just a muddy mess of a thing, and the only thing that it convincingly stole was almost two hours of my life.
Much gunplay and bloodletting ensues. The body count is high. Intrigue is low.
Bill Brownstein - Montreal Gazette
Isn't as fun as we've come to expect from a typical Jason Statham movie, and isn't as classy as we've come to expect from an atypical one.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
Other than one great fight scene, PARKER is a lazy, tedious film.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
It starts off as a generic heist-gone-bad film, and then turns into GIGLI during the second half, when Lopez shows up.
Austin Kennedy - Film Geek Central
If you've ever wanted to see the camel that's the result of that proverbial horse-building committee, check out Parker -- and the hump, you'll pardon the expression, is the character played by Jennifer Lopez.
As an especial embarrassment, here Jason Statham's superficial manipulability is put in service of corny capering and costuming.
John Semley - Slant Magazine