Crank your brain to its lowest possible idle and you'll still overthink Ultraviolet.
Scott Brown - Entertainment Weekly
Ultraviolet cleaves faithfully to its comic-book genealogy with a plot unobstructed by big words and images that rarely breach two dimensions. Ultrasilly.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
Some spectacular action, though obviously digital: free of risk, free of drama.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Wimmer ain't no Cassavetes.
Jonathan Perry - Boston Globe
The most receptive audience will mainly be enlightened to know that you can make a movie as thoroughly unprofessional as this one and still get it released in 3,000 theaters.
Rob Nelson - Village Voice
Wimmer has created no logical framework for flashy, ultraviolent and frankly cheesy sequences.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Despite the expository speeches draped over this like birthday bunting, the story remains largely incomprehensible.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Pic is hermetically sealed in a synthetic wrapping that's so total -- Sony's top-flight high-def cameras, visibly low-budget CG work, exceptionally hackneyed and imitative action and dialogue --that it arrives a nearly lifeless film.
Robert Koehler - Variety
Ultrastupid, ultra-incoherent, ultrasilly -- and way, way ultraboring.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's not bad enough to be funny, but it's not without its moments. Most of those come when Jovovich, not the best with a catch-phrase, answers some challenge with a put-down she should have practiced more in between personal trainer sessions.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Uwe Boll would be proud of this movie. It's pretentious and oh-so-serious. The tone of the movie is one of high art, but it stinks like a landfill.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The tale, beginning with narrated flashbacks that make it curiously seem like a sequel, essentially is an excuse for a seemingly endless series of ultraviolet, uh, ultraviolent, action scenes.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
Ultraviolet wants desperately to be a provocative, high-concept action thriller. It is apparently trying to say something about fear and terrorism, paranoia and racism. But it looks more like a shampoo commercial.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The repetition of the action scenes play like an avant-garde joke about the indistinguishable nature of Hollywood fight scenes. Think Warhol's soup cans, only with actors posing with swords.
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
Woefully nonsensical from start to finish...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Give us a superhero movie that has a female protagonist that's a real character with emotions, and personality, and not just some model performing stunts and running around in skimpy outfits.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Brian Marder - Hollywood.com
Really, you can't blame Ms. Jovovich.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Undemanding, unengaging, and glaringly unoriginal, Ultraviolet gives real comic books a bad name.
Anton Bitel - musicOMH.com
The narrative is so jumbled that even the actors can't seem to keep track of what exactly is meant to be happening.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Derivative, adolescent tosh.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
Unengaging, uninspired and unwatchable. A criminal waste of time and talent.
James Dyer - Empire Magazine
Lordy mama, the thing's just unspeakable.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Just when you thought Aeon Flux couldn't have been any more rubbish, along comes Ultraviolet to prove you wrong.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Director Kurt Wimmer claims to have written Ultraviolet specifically with lead actress Milla Jovovich in mind. No, I don't know what Jovovich did to deserve this either . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
The only redeeming feature is a production design so outrageously mad that you will genuinely have no idea what you're watching for more than half the time.
Paul Arendt - BBC
The cheesy CGI effects look like they were done on a 15-year-old Macintosh.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Ultraviolet is absolutely worth a look -- if not a listen or a thought.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
... inacreditavel que o diretor do eficiente Equilibrium seja o responsavel por uma porcaria mal roteirizada, pavorosamente dirigida, repleta de efeitos visuais capengas e pessimas atuacoes como esta producao.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Jovovich, who's shown sensitivity in her dramatic work, looks spectacularly bored as she power-kicks her way through one bloody pile-up after another. That boredom, like the mystery virus at the center of the film, is contagious.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
This film might actually include some of the worst deliveries that I have seen in any movie in a long time.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Ultracrappy more like.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Milla Jovovich may look hot in spandex and bangs, but if you want rapidly-cut, slow-motioned-for-emphasis spectacle AND story, take in some ESPN highlights or any production by NFL Films. At least you would be getting your money's worth.
Stina Chyn - Film Threat
This is disposable cinema, to be wiped clean from the mind as soon it's over and mercifully forgotten.
Shlomo Schwartzberg - Boxoffice Magazine
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Amid every action cliche in the book, outmoded stereotypes, and a plot derivative of every futuristic drama made in the last fifteen years, Ultraviolet comes off as nothing more than a pale copy of better, more inventive films.
Jessica Letkemann - Premiere Magazine
a kinetic art piece of color, sound, and movement that exists somewhere between the Underworld movies and Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle, with just a hint of Tron thrown in.
Luke Y. Thompson - Los Angeles CityBeat
The adventures of Catwoman, Elektra, Lara Croft and Aeon Flux were positively Homeric compared to this simple-minded Hi-Def tedium...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
The real blood war is between this movie and the slightly better Aeon Flux, which Wimmer plagiarizes as freely as Equilibrium plagiarized Fahrenheit 451 and The Matrix.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
This nearly incomprehensible guilty pleasure is actually a great deal of fun.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Overall, it's a film that can best be thought of as the work of a more cerebral Uwe Boll.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
When I saw the trailer for "Ultraviolet," I thought: Well, here's another PG-13 movie with a slender, beautiful heroine in exotic garb in a flick made for fan boys." I was right.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Wimmer borrows all his best ideas from other movies...then spackles over his half-assed plot with a shiny aesthetic.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Has filmmaking really become this cynical, or is it just me?
Anderson Jones - FilmStew.com
'Aeon Flux' Jr - nuff said
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Ultraviolet and the recent Resident Evil films mark this compelling Russian beauty as the unofficial queen of Xbox-ready junk movies, which are fast becoming the new century's equivalent of radioactive bug flicks.
Chuck Wilson - L.A. Weekly
The Yule log was way more entertaining.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
Anyway, we went to Ultraviolet so you won't have to. It was awful. Next time you go, okay?
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Flat-out awful in almost every respect, Ultraviolet will hopefully drive the final nail in the coffin of the sci-fi/action-babe genre.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
If you have no problem with an experience that feels like an adrenaline shot administered directly to your brain, then this is the place to start.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
Her sword is red, her eyes are blue and her movie is horrible.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
Whether Six is a blessing or a boon to mutants or humans is one of the many things that are not clearly explained through all the flying bodies, flashing steel and grinding metal.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
It's a banner year for bad vampire flicks, so Ultraviolet is truly damned by this faint praise: It's not the worst.
Dean Essner - E! Online
The bad guys stride through spotless corriders in buildings where weirdly calm disembodied female voices say things like "Switching to emergency backup lighting system." If only I could have found the button for the emergency back-up better movie system.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
... feels incomplete, as though the production ran out of time, money, or both.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
If you want to break up with your significant other, take him/her to this turd.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
A confusing jumble of sci-fi jargon and random plot twists, where the characters know perfectly well what's going on but the audience doesn't.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
a garbled mess of whiz bang and wouldn't-that-be-cool
Keith Breese - Filmcritic.com
The experience is merely interminable, wholly forgettable, and without the requisite thrills and spills.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Do the kids today even like all these video-game/manga/sci-fi movies that clutter multiplexes?
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Ultraviolet is all second act. There is no beginning to the story and no end; it's all middle. A non-sensical, hard to follow assemblage of action, completely devoid of any context.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The violence is presented in such a childish fashion, that it has all the impact of a Pokemon battle.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
...shot two years ago... and now being unceremoniously dumped into your neighborhood cineplex, which -- thanks to films like this -- has been cluttered with as much garbage as a Skid Row alley in recent months.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Ultraviolet will be studied with great interest in the future - not for its quality or its artistic merit, but rather to discover how a turd like this was made.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Although it masquerades as a futuristic action-thriller, Ultraviolet functions best as a multi-million dollar commercial for Milla Jovovich's personal trainer.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
Dave White - Movies.com
Exactly what you expect--a slick, slight, energetic video game of a movie that is far better than most will admit.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
The special effects simply thrust Ultraviolet in an Xbox 360 for action set-pieces that are kinetic and colorful but surprisingly unexciting. Do we really care if she dies when she's just going to be regenerated anyway?
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
Kurt Wimmer's film epitomizes just about everything wrong with post-Matrix, comic book-/video-game-inspired, Hong Kong-action-style sci-fi thrillers.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Ultraviolet is nice to gaze at but otherwise simplistic, senseless, and eminently skippable.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Wimmer is so brazen that he doesn't even bother to pretend that there's an original concept here: all his ideas are borrowed from other movies that borrowed from other movies that borrowed from The Matrix, and he doesn't care who knows it.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Great action... but unfortunately, the characters had to open their mouths. That's when Ultraviolet becomes ultra vapid.
Staci Layne Wilson - About.com
It's well known that writer/director Kurt Wimmer hates movie critics. Ultraviolet is the reason why.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
An unholy combination of comic book and video game,...so awful that you'd swear it had been directed by Uwe Boll.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion