Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 30
  2. Negative: 10 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Feb 20, 2014
    75
    Without Costner’s movie star equity, this thing could have fallen apart in the first 30 minutes. He keeps us involved, even as we’re thinking: Wait, WHAT just happened?
  2. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Feb 20, 2014
    67
    3 Days to Kill might not be art, but it's better than most of the overtly violent action fare that litters the multiplexes these days, thanks largely to the fact that its heart is almost as big as its explosions.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Feb 21, 2014
    63
    Like Liam Neeson's "Taken" series, Costner's 3 Days to Kill finds its absentee-dad action hero facing off against hordes of goons and gorillas - not to rescue his loved ones, but to prove himself to them, and maybe get a little extra quality time, too.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Feb 20, 2014
    63
    Daft and sloppy as it is, 3 Days rarely fails to entertain.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Feb 20, 2014
    60
    It’s all absurd in a way that is typical Besson. But it’s also undeniably entertaining, and it marks a relatively pain-free way to kill, if not three days, at least a couple of hours.
  6. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Feb 21, 2014
    58
    The film’s tone is wildly uneven.
  7. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Feb 25, 2014
    50
    Of course, the movie doesn't work. But Costner does. No matter now nonsensical and uneven 3 Days to Kill gets, he's miraculously consistent.
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Feb 23, 2014
    50
    If the movie had been content to replicate the Taken formula, and left the fatherhood angle as a subtext, it would be easier to take. Instead, even for Costner admirers, it’s a hard 2 hours to kill.
  9. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 23, 2014
    50
    Actually, the only truly obnoxious thing about 3 Days to Kill is that the violent scenes are more congenial than the family scenes, because the teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) here is presented as a sour, nasty brat.
  10. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Feb 23, 2014
    50
    A comic-tragic-sentimental genre hodgepodge that wants to make you feel all the feelings amid all that action spectacle. It doesn’t entirely deliver, but at times you can’t help but admire its strangeness.
  11. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Feb 21, 2014
    50
    Costner responds by bringing an easy integrity and seemingly effortless humanity to his part. And hence making a messy, meandering and silly movie rather more watchable than it deserves to be.
  12. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Feb 20, 2014
    50
    3 Days to Kill is a comic variation on the "Taken" movies, which Besson also co-wrote and produced, starring Liam Neeson as a daughter-rescuing spy.
  13. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Feb 20, 2014
    50
    The film is helped by Costner's self-deprecating, aw-shucks charm. The actor is game whether he's being asked to fight off truculent teens or treacherous terrorists.
  14. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Feb 20, 2014
    50
    By any reasonable standard, 3 Days to Kill is a terrible movie: incoherent, crudely brutal, dumbly retrograde in its geo- and gender politics. But it is also, as much because of as in spite of these failings, kind of fun.
  15. Reviewed by: Alan Jones
    Feb 20, 2014
    50
    McG may strip down his approach and serve up a variety of slick, well-paced shoot-outs and car chases, but his technical skill can't quite overcome the story's lazy sense of humor and incomprehensible account of international espionage.
  16. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Feb 19, 2014
    50
    Although it’s not impossible to mix humor and violence, as “Midnight Run” proves, it isn’t easy — as 3 Days to Kill proves. Points for effort all the way around, and welcome back, Costner. Let’s hope things get better from here.
  17. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Feb 22, 2014
    42
    The movie never finds a way to blend the emotional and the rat-a-tat-tat into one seamless package the way that Besson did in his one and only good movie, The Professional (1994).
  18. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Jun 17, 2014
    40
    Psychologists would doubtless have a field day with the film’s lumpy brew of semi-incestuous paternal angst, midlife machismo, all-American dick-swinging and moderate racism, but we imagine most of them are too busy to waste two hours on this sludge.
  19. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Feb 26, 2014
    40
    The central conceit in 3 Days to Kill – the family man moonlighting as a gun-for-hire – is hardly a fresh one. It worked in films released 10 or 20 years ago (see True Lies or Mr. and Mrs. Smith), but here it feels played out, clichéd.
  20. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Feb 21, 2014
    40
    The end result is still not a very good film, but it is one that boasts some enjoyable moments -- but only if you find yourself with two hours to kill.
  21. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 23, 2014
    38
    It’s artificial, annoying, and boring.
  22. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Feb 20, 2014
    38
    The result is a convoluted mess that has one good twist and two good car chases. But it's hardly enough to bring this spy flick in from the cold.
  23. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Feb 20, 2014
    37
    3 Days to Kill feels like two very different movies, neither of which is particularly good.
  24. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Feb 20, 2014
    30
    It’s many different films at once—all muddled, all unsatisfying, and all crying out for Liam Neeson’s participation.
  25. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Feb 20, 2014
    30
    The lukewarm family dynamics sit awkwardly alongside equally underwhelming action sequences.
  26. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Feb 22, 2014
    25
    It's a movie that's races from no place to get nowhere.
  27. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Feb 20, 2014
    25
    Costner, by contrast, is too laidback to intimidate; he seems less battle-wearied than simply weary, nailing only half of the profitable “aging ass-kicker” equation. Firefights and car chases just don’t suit this movie star of advancing years.
  28. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Feb 20, 2014
    25
    3 Days to Kill is pretty terrible, but it’s not really Kevin Costner’s fault.
  29. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 20, 2014
    25
    Besson provided the story and co-wrote the screenplay for a film directed by McG, who does his usual McGhastly job with action and is McGruesome when it comes to comedy.
  30. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 20, 2014
    20
    It only comes alive when the star briefly shows the casual looseness that once was his calling card.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 6 out of 26
  1. Feb 22, 2014
    7
    Kevin Costner is making a comeback and he's just as hot as ever. This movie was action filled and fun to watch, that you ignore some of the unrealistic parts. Definitely worth the watch in the theater. Full Review »
  2. Feb 21, 2014
    7
    3 Days to Kill is the kind of "Taken"-like action movie-thriller that is implausible as hell but still manages to capture our attention and at the same time be entertaining. Full Review »
  3. Feb 21, 2014
    6
    3 Days to Kill is by no means a bad movie - I'm surprised it's currently getting a red score from the critics. It's just a hair bloated for a McG / Besson film. If you're thinking about seeing the film because you're a huge Amber Heard fan, don't bother. She's probably in a grand total of 10 minutes of this film. It's all Costner (who is quite good) and Hailee Steinfeld (who is excellent as the rebellious teenager). It's almost as if they overlayed this assassin story on a family drama/comedy, though they're selling it as the opposite. You could see much worse this time of year, believe me. Full Review »