John Wick 2014

Critics score:
85 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times: Stahelski has created an impressively distinctive, self-contained world for John Wick that emphasizes sophistication and stylishness. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: It gets old fast. Read more

Soren Anderson, Seattle Times: Keanu unleashed. Gunbattles without end. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: Action movies are about movement, and John Wick pursues that goal with remorseless verve. Read more

Peter Debruge, Variety: Back in action-hero mode, Keanu Reeves joins forces with his 'Matrix' stunt double to deliver a slick and satisfying revenge thriller. Read more

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club: An underworld fantasy that grafts crisp action on to Rian Johnson-esque world-building, producing one of the more fully realized shoot-'em-up flicks in recent memory. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: "John Wick" is like the action-movie version of a shark - a non-stop killing machine that dies if it ever stops moving. Read more

Tom Russo, Boston Globe: It's all sharp stuff from Stahelski and writer Derek Kolstad, and Reeves finds decently tailored material in their mix of busy physicality, spare drama, and wickedly dry humor. Read more

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader: The scenes of hand-to-hand combat are stupendous, often playing out in long-take medium shots that allow us to savor the fight choreography, and the production design is an eyeful. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Mostly it's Keanu playing bang-bang. If that sounds great, go see the movie. If not, congratulations on aspiring to better things. Read more

Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/ Yet, for all the film's stylishness and a body count worthy of a small civil war, there's no getting around the fact that stiff, stoic Reeves -- who is capable of a few funny, deadpan lines -- isn't a particularly compelling lead action figure. Read more

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: One of the most excitingly visceral action flicks I've seen in ages. Read more

Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter: After a marked absence from the genre, Reeves resoundingly returns with an effortless, kinetic style that positions the film extremely well for any potential follow-ups. Read more

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times: It's a B movie made with A-student love for the relentless thrill of bodies in brutal motion. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: Where have you gone, Keanu Reeves? Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: Imagine a combination of "Unforgiven" and "Men in Black," and you're getting close. Read more

Bruce Diones, New Yorker: Stylishly violent and not much else. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: Plot is not the movie's strong suit. But stylish set pieces are. Read more

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times: Harboring few ambitions beyond knock-your-socks-off action sequences, this crafty revenge thriller delivers with so much style - and even some wit - that the lack of substance takes longer than it should to become problematic. Read more

David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer: Director Chad Stahelski handles the frenzied fusillade with flair. The action scenes in John Wick, while brutal, are also rather breathtaking. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: John Wick is a rousing action thriller of the sort rarely encountered in theaters these days. Read more

Christy Lemire, While the body count grows numbing and repetitive, "John Wick" actually is more compelling in the aesthetically heightened, specifically detailed world it depicts. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: John Wick is the kind of fired-up, ferocious B-movie fun some of us can't get enough of. Read more

Michael Ordona, San Francisco Chronicle: More than a few oohs and aahs will accompany Reeves' dynamic dance of death. Read more

Forrest Wickman, Slate: This is not an action movie in the Michael Bay lineage; rather than an escalating series of explosions, John Wick offers a slow burn, sizzling in a manner true to its hero's surname. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: "John Wick" transforms the current zeal for hit-man movies into a mix of propulsive homicide and giddy farce. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Sorry, Keanu, but you stole my time and you murdered my brain cells. Read more

Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic: Stahelski and Leitch, both former stunt men, unsurprisingly tackle action sequences with glee... but the quieter scenes are more sophisticated, incorporating a sense of fantasy and visual splendor that almost makes the wafer-thin plot feel fresh. Read more

David Sims, The Atlantic: It's not perfect. But it is special, especially for a mid-budget Hollywood action drama, and it has stuck firmly in my mind since that late-night screening last Friday. Read more

John Semley, Globe and Mail: This is a film where every human being is a sack of meat waiting to be tenderized. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: This movie is so over the top, you can't track it on radar. Read more

James Rocchi, TheWrap: Both ludicrous and ludicrously entertaining, "John Wick's" stylish look, B-movie vibe and less-is-more, longer-takes-are-stronger-takes approach to action make it a standout. Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: John Wick feels like action manna for its cleanly designed gun-fu sequences... but the revenge plotting is deeply dopey and we shouldn't have to choose one or the other. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: John Wick adds little to the revenge thriller genre, save for a few stylish shots. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice: Reeves is wonderful here, a marvel of physicality and stern determination - he moves with the grace of an old-school swashbuckler. Read more

Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture: It's a beautiful coffee-table action movie. Read more

Stephanie Merry, Washington Post: Brawls that are exciting in the beginning become dull as each sequence attempts to outdo the last. But John Wick has a more interesting story and better fights than most, not to mention, if too briefly, a puppy. Read more