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Reviews: American Ultra (2015)

american_ultraHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Lisergia cinematográfica que se pierde en su propia amalgama genérica y esencial. No está mal, pero o te gusta todo lo que propone, o lo tienes complicado para que no se te haga bola.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: It’s a loud, ugly, slapdash combination of action movie, pot comedy, criminal romance, and conspiracy thriller — a mash-up of ‘The Bourne Identity,’ ‘The Big Lebowski,’ and ‘Natural Born Killers,’ and about as lumpy and ungainly as you’d imagine such a stew would be.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: it is Eisenberg who really floats this boat with his stoner paranoia, sweet self doubt and impeccable comic timing.
  • Jim Dixon @
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie wants to be simultaneously hard-edged and light on its feet—dark and cynical while embracing an attitude of happy-go-lucky absurdity.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Blood-splattered and ultra-violent, it’s amazingly awful and dopey in more was than one.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Pineapple Express’s angry younger brother
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Taking itself seriously but still allowing the viewer to laugh like a hyena at the lunacy on display, “American Ultra” is fierce and darkly fun with a go-for-broke attitude.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • Jason McKiernan @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: …a wild ride with plenty of quirky laughs and creative thrills, but the filmmaking is thrown down like a gauntlet that we’re never quite sure is a sign of filmic confidence or audience punishment.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: American Ultra watches like a collection of scenes strung together because it seemed like it’d be cool.
  • [New – 10/1/15] | Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: While directors like Quentin Tarantino have tried to re-create the feeling of a grindhouse B-movie and ended up transcending the genre, the filmmakers behind American Ultra have come up with the real deal: sloppy and underwritten but fitfully entertaining, this one works about as well as your average 70s drive-in experience.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Oscars
    • Excerpt: American Ultra is a maddening experience. There seem to be scenes and explanations that are left out, almost as if we’re seeing a clumsily edited version of the finished product. At a brisk 95 minutes, I wouldn’t doubt if there’s a longer cut somewhere. Not that I need any more of the spy stuff, but a little more of the love story might be nice.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: It is slick and stylish, almost to an annoying degree, yet it features two better-than-they-should-be performances by Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, who find themselves teaming up again after their cult 2009 hit, Adventureland.
  • Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit
    • Excerpt: An over-the-top parody of the amnesiac spy thriller genre, Nourizadeh’s film insists that you leave logic and reality behind — it would be a lot cooler if you did [partake in Phoebe and Mike’s drug of choice]. So, sit back, relax, be sure to inhale, and enjoy this wild and crazy ride.
  • [New – 10/1/15] | Rob Wallis @ Of All the Film Blogs
    • Excerpt: There’s more to this indie action comedy than just Adventureland with guns.
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub
Updated: October 1, 2015 — 9:33 pm
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