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Based on 15 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 20
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The most charitable approach to this unfortunate diversion in Jackson's career would be to pretend it never happened. Now, who wants to go see "The Avengers" again? show more

  • 70
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    A gritty serving of pulp fiction masterfully perpetrated by Samuel L. Jackson as a philosophical ex-con trying to buck the considerable odds by taking a shot at redemption. show more

  • 55

    Svelte enough in its reassembling of familiar elements to be, for a while, as comfortably pleasant as sipping on what once used to be your go-to drink - until The Samaritan takes a jarring turn right out of Park Chan-wook, and from there takes a tumble into ludicrousness from which it doesn't recover. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Samaritan isn't a great noir, but it's true to the tradition and gives Samuel L. Jackson one of his best recent roles. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    About a third of the way along, there's a shocking revelation that definitely packs a punch. Problem is, it's followed by a near-immediate return to familiar narrative convention, where the noir ante rises exponentially toward a climax that arrives too hastily and ends too neatly. show more

  • 25
    Diego Costa Slant Magazine

    The Samaritan treads a fine line between film-noir moodiness and crime-thriller triteness, mostly settling for the latter. show more

  • 12
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    A would-be piece of pulp fiction about a parolee trying to go straight, The Samaritan proves that even Samuel L. Jackson can be boring. show more

  • 40
    Andrew Pulver The Guardian

    A clotted, knotted, twisty noir that is, unfortunately, short on the required atmosphere. show more

  • 20
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    No one expects a Samuel L. Jackson thriller to be Shakespeare, but David Weaver's wanna-be '70s-grindhouse cheapie doesn't even achieve serviceability. show more

  • 50
    Los Angeles Times

    The Samaritan doesn't wind up feeling like a con, exactly, but it has just enough promise to leave viewers feeling ripped off when it comes up short. show more

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