Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 9, 2011
    80
    A macho, adrenaline-fix suspenser that plays like the bigscreen equivalent of those pulpy spy novels that once clogged grocery-store checkouts.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Sep 21, 2011
    75
    This is actually a pretty good thriller, based more on character and plot than on action for its own sake. The need to construct killings that look like accidents adds to the interest.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Sep 11, 2011
    70
    This muscular thriller--led by Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro--strives to be a genuinely good film, but unwilling to let go of proven formulas, it falls short.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Sep 23, 2011
    63
    Killer Elite is pleasurable enough, but with a steadier hand, it could've been one for the books.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 23, 2011
    63
    A snarly Euro-thriller with crust under its fingernails and bad breath. It doesn't care if you like it, which is why I kind of do.
  6. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 22, 2011
    63
    Despite having a perfect cast for a title like Killer Elite, Gary McKendry's feature debut comes across as little more than a generic Jason Statham movie with two high-profile guest stars.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Sep 21, 2011
    63
    Best of all, the filmmakers took the time to give these hard men just the right things to say - not catchphrases, just lines that smell of blood and gunpowder every time Statham, Owen or DeNiro utter them.
  8. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Sep 25, 2011
    60
    It's a generically enjoyable action film with a bit of hardboiled based-on-a-true-story-ness about it, and since it's set in the '80s and feels like an '80s movie, it seems a lot like something you must have seen years ago.
  9. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 21, 2011
    60
    If you're willing to accept Killer Elite as a shoot-'em-up action movie with good actors taking the spots of the usual lunk heads (but spouting the usual nonsense), you'll be pleased with the film.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Sep 23, 2011
    58
    De Niro, in what amounts to an extended cameo, is radically miscast. That's still no excuse for his nonperformance, which is beyond lackluster.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Sep 22, 2011
    55
    The picture, the debut feature of Irish director Gary McKendry, is rote and joyless, an exercise in disposability.
  12. Reviewed by: James Adams
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    Killer Elite's major problem: motion at the expense of emotion.
  13. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    Loaded with careening car chases and rooftop runs, glass-shattering shootouts and exploding fireballs, Killer Elite offers more than enough to keep action junkies happy.
  14. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    Killer Elite is based on a true story and about a half-dozen Jason Statham movies.
  15. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    The script is a mess. It's an object lesson in taking a nonfiction book ("The Feather Men," about a cadre of ex-British Special Air Service operatives) and making a hash of it.
  16. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    Killer Elite is too formulaic to overcome a been-there, done-that feel.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    Killer Elite pretends to be fact-based and true to its 1980s period. Just know it's all baloney.
  18. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Sep 29, 2011
    40
    There's nothing here for the viewer to do, no kinks to work out, no double-crossings to anticipate, not even a half-hearted flail at figuring out how Danny ticks.
  19. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Sep 26, 2011
    40
    A few good stunts, some tolerable brooding and one nice, if silly desert chase. But not essential.
  20. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 23, 2011
    40
    When Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Jason Statham unite for an action thriller, we should be able to expect something special. Or at least memorable. Instead, Killer Elite gives us ordinary.
  21. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Sep 20, 2011
    40
    Killer Elite is distinguished by one no-mercy, eye-gouging, testicle-punching brawl, and one whoppingly indifferent screenplay.
  22. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Sep 20, 2011
    40
    A few awesome firefights does not an action film make, and even De Niro's Ronin-esque interlude can't shake the feeling that the thrill, like the '80s, is gone.
  23. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 22, 2011
    38
    I've got another portmanteau word for the movie: unbelievaballistic.
  24. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Sep 21, 2011
    33
    This clumsy action movie feels too generic to be real. The film attempts to add an element of sophisticated sociopolitical commentary to the typical Jason Statham head-busting shoot-'em-up, but only ends up draining it of visceral thrills.
  25. 30
    We all have to make jokes around the water cooler, and if enough people bother to see Killer Elite, its silly nonsense could make for a great comedy routine by Greg from IT.
  26. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Sep 22, 2011
    30
    Pure punishment, this rote action flick from Australia.
  27. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Sep 22, 2011
    25
    Director-co-writer Gary McKendry seems to know a thing or two about hard-fisted fight scenes, but he muddies up the visuals with obligatory spasms of shaky-cam.
  28. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sep 21, 2011
    25
    Killing looks ridiculously easy in this dispensable exploitation picture, directed for maximum impact of head-cracking pain by ad-trained Irish director Gary McKendry in his first feature.
  29. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Sep 22, 2011
    20
    Whatever the case, Mr. Owen and Mr. Statham (who provides a nice duet with a chair) make a prettily matched pair amid the pileup of sub-Bourne action set pieces, sad laughs and clichés.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 94 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. Oct 18, 2011
    1
    Jason Staham, lo crei, escuche el nombre de Clive Owen y pense solo es un error en la carrera de un actor en subida pero escuche el nombre deJason Staham, lo crei, escuche el nombre de Clive Owen y pense solo es un error en la carrera de un actor en subida pero escuche el nombre de Robert de Niro, puede que sea de sus peores peliculas y esque Deniro ha tenido talento para que sus ultimas peliculas sean malas en todos los sentidos posibles. "Killer Elite" una farsa barata de una pelicula de espà Full Review »
  2. Oct 1, 2011
    5
    "Killer Elite" is a movie with the "Punch First Think Later" action formula that we all know. It's fun to see action veterans De Niro, Staham,"Killer Elite" is a movie with the "Punch First Think Later" action formula that we all know. It's fun to see action veterans De Niro, Staham, and Owen jumping into the screen shooting and fighting each other, but their all kinda....outdated. You would watch it with your friends or yourself for manliness. If it is neither reason, just rent it. R) 4.7 Full Review »
  3. Oct 1, 2011
    7
    "Killer Elite" was fun and has a good cast, with very satisfying performances. Although it's not quite what you would call "original" in its"Killer Elite" was fun and has a good cast, with very satisfying performances. Although it's not quite what you would call "original" in its story line area, (not that every movie we see has to be completely "original") Killer Elite keeps your attention. Full Review »