Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. Reviewed by: Daniel Eagan
    80
    Pitched cannily at World Beat fans as well as martial-arts zealots, this Luc Besson production aims to please and nails its targets with more speed and style than most of its higher-priced competition.
  2. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    75
    Awesome, awesome action. Skimpy, skimpy plot.
  3. With a thumping score and whirling cinematography, District 13: Ultimatum delivers two or three awesomely choreographed chase-and-fight-and-chase-and-fight-again sequences. The dialogue (in French, with subtitles) is not this movie's strength, nor should it be.
  4. It’s easy to call this film a video action game starring real people, but that “real” part means a lot.
  5. 75
    There’s no reason a conspiracy this outlandish should work twice. But it’s so hilariously within the realm of plausibility that it does.
  6. 75
    This is a hot modern martial art. Not only do the shots look convincing, not only are they held long enough to allow us to see an entire action, but Belle in real life does a version of this stuff.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    70
    The fight sequences (choreographed by Raffaelli) are especially creative, with the combatants using any available object, including a priceless Van Gogh painting, to get the job done.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    70
    This time, with Besson scripting / producing and Patrick Alessandrin directing, it amounts to a raucous and colorfully junky helping of seconds.
  9. It’s pleasurable nonsense and another reminder that one of the great pulls of cinema is the spectacle of other bodies in blissful motion.
  10. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    70
    This sequel to the French actioner "District B13" (2004) offers more of what made the original such a sublimely stupid pleasure.
  11. 67
    Due in large part to its cultural relevance, this is also one of the few sequels that nearly succeeds in topping the original.
  12. 63
    The best Parisian action movie of the week is District 13: Ultimatum, a serviceable thriller with a lefty message.
  13. Reviewed by: Phil Wilding
    60
    The dialogue and storyline are both a little on the clunky side, but the action excels.
  14. It’s campier than its predecessor, but its gung ho union of black, white, and Asian gangs against reactionaries who’d destroy them is a virtuosic assertion of punky Parisian multiculturalism.
  15. Somewhat underwhelming sequel.
  16. There's little difference between the first and second movies -- both written by Besson -- so the perfunctory story line will feel familiar to fans. But the action, and the head-spinning stunts of those agile lead actors, will never get old.
  17. 58
    More of the same, only more. Yet here, “more” means a more needlessly convoluted plot, a more cartoonish parade of ethnic stereotypes, and more leaden political metaphor than viewers can digest.
  18. 50
    Though it fails to live up to its dynamic predecessor in almost every way, District B13: Ultimatum should still be enough to satisfy the earlier film’s small but faithful core of American fans.
  19. Reviewed by: Brian Miller
    50
    Works only when at full sprint.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Sep 12, 2014
    9
    It expands on it's predecessor without losing what made it so excellent in the first place. The plot is more complex, the action more insane,It expands on it's predecessor without losing what made it so excellent in the first place. The plot is more complex, the action more insane, and the stakes higher. Raffaelli brings the awesome martial arts action, while Belle delivers some truly impressive parkour. It kept me hooked from beginning to end and the inclusion of more humor thankfully doesn't ruin things. I do feel Belle's character might be underused in this sequel, and watching the characters jump back and forth from District 13 and Paris without any explanation as to how they were able to pull it off it a little out there, but it's still one of the best action movies I've ever seen. I highly recommend it and give it a near-perfect score of 9.9/10. Full Review »
  2. Oct 5, 2013
    7
    The story is, as one reviewer said, rather absurd. I admittedly never watched the first movie since apparently this is the sequel. I wasThe story is, as one reviewer said, rather absurd. I admittedly never watched the first movie since apparently this is the sequel. I was impressed by some of the parkour sequences and the fight scenes were decent enough (some are very creative). Never really felt invested with the characters and there wasn't really progression, but strong characters and plot are evidently not the focus in this somewhat over-the-top action movie. That being said, as another reviewer mentioned there are some significant political and social commentaries being made here that help excuse the plots absurdity. Full Review »
  3. Jun 15, 2012
    2
    Un scénario qui sort de l'ordinaire et qui se montre intéressant, des acteurs au talent incontestable, une mise en scèneUn scénario qui sort de l'ordinaire et qui se montre intéressant, des acteurs au talent incontestable, une mise en scène personnelle travaillée à la perfection, une bande originale qui déboite... Voilà les atouts qui auraient pu valoriser Banlieue 13 si les productions Besson étaient des chefs-d'oeuvre. Ce qui n'est, en ce monde, pas du tout le cas. Et avec avec Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum, on nous prouve une fois de plus que ce qui fut l'un de nos plus grands réalisateurs nationaux (ne pas oublier Nikita, Le Grand Bleu et Léon), ne produit et n'écrit plus que des navets de bien piètre qualité (quoique certains peuvent sortir du lot, comme Taken), et n'aide donc pas vraiment ses chers poulains (même si la carrière hollywoodienne de Louis Leterrier est bien lancée). Bref, Banlieue 13 n'était qu'un divertissement vite oubliable et ce malgré quelques cascades. Et sa suite ne vaut guère mieux ! Full Review »