Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever


Overwhelming dislike - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 26
  2. Negative: 21 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. There's no defense for movies like these, but neither do they warrant apology; they're irresistibly watchable, like car wrecks.
  2. 50
    This grim, joyless motion picture is anything but fun. It’s a chore to sit through, with all the blazing, noisy pyrotechnics proving unable to lighten the mood.
  3. Kaos was apparently aiming for a coolly stylized, straight-faced take on ''Spy vs. Spy.'' As Maxwell Smart used to say, ''Missed it by that much.''
  4. Cut down to a frantic 88 minutes, you wonder if all the human moments were trimmed away to get to this abstract, humorless exercise in empty flourish.
  5. New Times (L.A.)
    Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    The plot can be really tough to follow, in part because Banderas' accent, rarely a problem in recent years, is surprisingly hard to understand at crucial moments, and partly because it's tough to keep track of just who's working for whom...and why...and even where.
  6. About the only fun to be had in the movie is screenwriter Alan McElroy's cartoon spook-speak.
  7. Offers the most onscreen explosions in recent memory. It's almost pornography for arsonists.
  8. The tiny, impassive-faced Liu is a disaster. She looks cute in her custom commando gear, but she's not actress enough to make Sever's ridiculous, faux hard-boiled dialogue sound like anything but the formulaic nonsense it is.
  9. 30
    I don't even care that there's no plot in this Antonio Banderas-Lucy Liu faceoff. It's still terrible!
  10. 30
    Thai director Kaos (a.k.a. Wych Kaosayananda), making his inauspicious Hollywood debut, still can't breathe any life into it. You'll just want to get back to your Game Boy.
  11. 25
    Sometimes it seems as though Hollywood can't make a decent action movie anymore. Now that's a thought to make you go ballistic.
  12. To pay for all the explosions and stunt work, the filmmakers must have decided to skimp on the screenplay. The rule of thumb is that one page of script equals one minute of movie, but there is so little dialogue in Ballistic that it could have been written on a matchbook.
  13. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    The collateral damage of action products like Ballistic is to the sensibility of the audience.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    This is a movie in which you rarely know where you are or who's doing what to the next person.
  15. 25
    Amply demonstrates how even a movie with wall-to-wall action can be a crashing bore.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Remote, non-involving and finally incomprehensible.
  17. 20
    Looks like a video-game promo, has a story that plays like the fifth episode of a struggling syndicated action show, and feels like a headache waiting to happen.
  18. 20
    To make a bad movie worse, even Ballistic's fight scenes, which ought to be the film's strong suit, are poorly edited, slice 'n' diced into incomprehensible blurs.
  19. 12
    Banderas slums through this dollar-bin action flick wearing the same look of wiped-out exasperation that Danny Glover's Sergeant Murtaugh sports in each installment of ''Lethal Weapon.'' And like Murtaugh, Banderas might be too old for this, too.
  20. 12
    The movie is a chaotic mess, overloaded with special effects and explosions, light on continuity, sanity and coherence.
  21. Zomboid, convoluted excuse for a thriller is among year's worst.
  22. You could run this film backward, soundtrack included, and it would make no less sense. --It's almost completely uninvolving, as well as being impenetrable.
  23. 10
    The film isn't even as good as the second-rate game it is based on, which is nothing but a shootout.
  24. 10
    Before seeing this film I couldn't understand why the producers had given it a subtitle; afterward I realized "Ecks vs. Sever" was probably the full script.
  25. This movie pulls out so many bad-action-movie cliches, you wonder if this is a how-not-to primer.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 100 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Negative: 18 out of 28
  1. Sep 9, 2010
    it's nothing but martial arts, corny fighting scenes and bad setting.
  2. Sep 27, 2012
    A fantastic combination of special effects and acting beyond even The Dark Knight's pathetic "Joker" portrayed by Heath Ledger so famously.A fantastic combination of special effects and acting beyond even The Dark Knight's pathetic "Joker" portrayed by Heath Ledger so famously. The movie leaps beyond its humble apparent origins with the help of true spectacle in the eyes of a visionary director ahead of his time. Full Review »
  3. Dec 18, 2012
    I don't see what did they wanted to achieve with this "movie", to me it was like watching a 1970's spies TV show or something like that it wasI don't see what did they wanted to achieve with this "movie", to me it was like watching a 1970's spies TV show or something like that it was a story that came out of nowhere, very disappointing, the only good about this movie was the title. Full Review »