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Jack Reacher

7/10
Mystery . Action . Thriller . Drama . Crime
 

In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But the accused man claims he's innocent and says "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for.

 
Actors: Alexia Fast , Michael Raymond-James , Joseph Sikora , Vladimir Sizov , Jai Courtney , Werner Herzog , David Oyelowo , Richard Jenkins , Rosamund Pike , Tom Cruise
Directors: Christopher McQuarrie
Country: USA
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  • Drew Taylor

    In terms of pure pop entertainment value, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more smartly constructed, beautifully shot, pulse-pounding movie this holiday season.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Mark Dinning

    Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise deliver on their promise, with a witty, violent take on Reacher that makes up for its lack of height with an abundance of smarts and thrills.

    Empire Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Tom Cruise is in fine form as mysterious tough guy Jack Reacher finally reaches the big screen.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • James Mottram

    A superior thriller, with Cruise and McQuarrie slotting together like a bullet in a clip. Like Reacher on the firing range, the aim isn't always true – but the misses are fractional.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Werner Herzog, better known as one of the finest living directors, plays a bad guy with Teutonic relish. If he doesn't watch it, he'll have a whole other career for himself playing dead-eyed villains.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Cruise's Jack Reacher is a loner who doesn't smile, charm, love the ladies, aim his index fingers to the heavens or sing "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" in bars. Here he just snarls and kills people. Yes, please, and let's have more of the same.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    This is Cruise's show. And he nails it. The patented smile is gone, replaced by a glower that makes Jack Reacher a dark and dazzling ride into a new kind of hell.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    Cruise is definitely too short for the gig, but in this first fight, he proves his tough-guy chops. Outraged Reacher readers can stand down.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Louis Black

    This violent, sometimes brutal suspense thriller was thus quite a surprise, both in how effectively Cruise creates a commanding physical presence despite his lack of size, and for how well the film works in general.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The bigger problem is that Cruise, as Reacher, has no wit and no style, other than the studiously applied kind. He's so desperate to do everything right that nearly everything he does comes off all wrong.

    NPR Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Beat by beat, Jack Reacher is just like Child's paperbacks in the best possible way: it's fast, fun, and smarter than it looks.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    McQuarrie... is a real writer; his banter has snap and bite. His directorial skills are still catching up with his writing skills; the movie loses steam in the final half-hour.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    Outrageous but entertaining pulp-melodrama thriller.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Cruise's tightly controlled performance holds our attention all the way through to the tense finale. Still, McQuarrie's script never gets at the heart of a character who's already inspired such a passionate fan base.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    That Cruise fails to make a case for Reacher's allure, though, has less to do with physical dissonance than it does with the film's inability - stupefying inability, really - to otherwise make a case for the character's originality in a movie so choked with visual clichés and dreadfully moldy dialogue.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Despite a terrific cast, Jack Reacher comes up empty-handed.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The whole movie is like an NRA wet dream, with Robert Duvall as a crusty gun-range owner who pitches in to shoot bad guys. Jack Reacher already feels as if it belongs to another era.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Jack Reacher has the distinction of being little more than it initially appears to be: a clumsily condensed mystery/thriller novel made into a movie that offers little more than every other clumsily condensed mystery/thriller novel made into a movie.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    World-weariness is not really the energetic star's best driving gear. Nor are declarations of menace intended to identify Jack Reacher as a modern-day mythic avenger. When he tells an enemy, through his clenched choppers, "I mean to beat you to death and drink your blood from a boot," the effect is, unintentionally, popcorn-spitting funny. Talk about overreaching.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    An average action film, made slightly better by Cruise, and more bizarre by Herzog, and more watchable by Pike, but still within the average range, a silk purse that still says oink.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    This movie is the height of by-the-book dullness.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Reacher is so good at everything he does, and Cruise plays him in such a robotic manner, that the movie becomes a bit of a bore: The hero is practically omnipotent.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    In the movie version at least, efforts to render the hero larger than life result in a story that is less than convincing.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Even when the film is cool, it manages to be wrong.

    Time Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Reacher is a brawny action figure whose exploits would have been a good fit for the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone back in the day, but feel less fun when delegated to a leading man like Tom Cruise. The star is too charismatic to play someone so cold-blooded, and his fans likely won't appreciate the stretch.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Jack Reacher isn't much of a man, and Jack Reacher isn't the story of a man. It's mythmaking for self-satisfied sociopaths.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Whether blithely comparing American prisons to retirement homes or gleefully recalling the time he chewed off his own fingers in Siberia, the moonlighting German New Wave auteur injects some much-needed black humor into what is otherwise a soporific star vehicle.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    So thrill-less, so chill-less is Jack Reacher that it is unlikely to spark interest, much less controversy.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Apart from the car chase, the only real fun in Jack Reacher comes from Mr. Herzog and Robert Duvall, called in near the end for some marvelously gratuitous scenery chewing as a gruff former Marine. They enliven the movie's atmosphere of weary brutality for a few moments, but they also call attention to the dullness of their dramatic surroundings.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Jack Reacher is a wildly ill-advised miscalculation, with Cruise's virtually unstoppable appeal butting uncomfortably against Reacher's alternately cocky and downright crude cynicism.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The violence is plenty, and pointless.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    The film is as incompetent, manipulative, safe, and disposable as any number of nickel-and-dime actioners, but goes to great, unconvincing lengths to insist it's different.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Jack Reacher is mostly grim, violent and stupid.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Jack Reacher, which Christopher McQuarrie directed from his adaptation of a Lee Child crime novel, is not just another dumb thriller. It's almost peerlessly self-important, weirdly incoherent and eerily smarmy. It's also mysteriously inept, considering that Tom Cruise plays the title role.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    A trim thriller with an enviable lack of grandeur. [21 Jan. 2013, p.79]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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