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Reviews: John Wick (2014)

john_wickReviews for this film from our members:

  • Danny Baldwin @ Critic Speak
  • Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Fast, fun, and with care taken on elements outside of the requisite action sequences, it’s a film that succeeds in generally conquering the fatigue of its own familiarity.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: When Reeves, who seems to be challenging Cruise in the ‘what, me 50?’ do-my-own-stunts department, gets back in gear, he’s like a ghost warrior, twirling, rolling, spinning, stabbing, firing on all cylinders so quickly he’s gone before the bodies drop.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: The sort of movie that starts in media res with its hero bleeding in the rain, goes into a flashback to show the audience how he got there, then immediately goes into a second flashback in order to get across all the back story that needs to be explained before the story can begin. It’s a pulpy sprint through a world of trained killers, and it’s a lot of fun.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “John Wick” doesn’t have the brains to be a genuine existential film noir, and doesn’t have the heart to do much else. Technically dazzling, emotionally void, “John Wick” is heartless, artless and ultimately an empty-headed glorification of violence with delusions of grandeur.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The film is really a study of efficiency—not only in its characters and plotting but also in how its hero works.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘John Wick’ Features A Bunch Of Awesome Fighting…And Not Much More
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Relentlessly fierce and violent, it revolves around revenge, retribution and redemption.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
    • Excerpt: The last third of John Wick is an increasingly desperate study in how a film can lumber on and on without point, even when it’s only just over an hour and a half long.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: John Wick is a slick, funny and brutally intense flick that does everything it seeks to do just right.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
  • [New – 4/10/15] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Funky-elegant, weirdly funny, visually intoxicating. I love this movie so much for how it’s different about being more of the same old stuff we always love.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: If you want to make a film with Keanu Reeves out for blood, I am all for it, but please, spend the extra four minutes it takes writing your screenplay to give him more plausible motivation than some goons killing his dead wife’s puppy dog present.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Straightforward, bare-bones stuff as the plot goes, “John Wick” embraces the basic, stalk-and-kill structure of a hit list with a knowing sense of humor, full-tilt pacing, and efficient, no-frills plotting. Quite simply, it’s a badass blast.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: Forget the Bogeyman, Reeves titular character is the Baryshnikov of professional killers.
  • Dan Lybarger @ ArkansasOnline.com
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: At every juncture, ‘John Wick’ asks “what would be the most awesome thing that could happen here,” and it does that.
  • [New – 4/9/15] | Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: The action is clean, elegant and visually arresting in all the best ways, an equally graceful and stylish mix of shootouts, knife fights and hand-to-hand combat that elevates John Wick over many of the revenge actioners that have come and gone without incident or impact over the last few years.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: John Wick is the latest in a recent spate of old-men-seek-vengeance vehicles for aging action stars, like the aforementioned Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington movies, or any number of choices Liam Neeson has made since the first Taken. I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb, though, to say that John Wick is my favorite of any of these.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Reeves is at his best – taciturn, athletic, and cool. If you abhor violence, for god’s sake don’t see this movie.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Efficient and stylish, rattling off genre conventions with aplomb.
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: Down and dirty revenge flick with a cast of guns that rivals the actors
Updated: July 7, 2015 — 4:30 pm

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