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6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 152 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 152

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  1. Oct 4, 2010
    9
    This movie is hilarious. Pure camp action. The Plot is supposed to suck because it is completely Tongue in Cheek and over the top. I would give it a 10, if they kept the pace consistent to the crescendo. . . but it's near perfect for what they were trying to do. . . Kick ass and have a fun romp at the same time!
  2. Jun 13, 2012
    9
    This is an excellent movie, you have to watch it 2nd time to really appreciate it. It is so real although it could be a little bloody, but that is the ninja was famous for. Of course, for people who don't understand what ninja is all about, it would be difficult for them to enjoy the movie. The actor Rain is fantastic, and well loved by millions all over asia. If compare Rain singingThis is an excellent movie, you have to watch it 2nd time to really appreciate it. It is so real although it could be a little bloody, but that is the ninja was famous for. Of course, for people who don't understand what ninja is all about, it would be difficult for them to enjoy the movie. The actor Rain is fantastic, and well loved by millions all over asia. If compare Rain singing on stage normally to what he was in the movie, you realise how much work he had put into this movie. Well deserve a 9! Expand
  3. Jan 17, 2013
    10
    let's be real you don't go to watch a movie titled ninja assassin for an in depth plot. you go to see the martial arts ninja action and it delivers in satisfying over the top action sequences coupled with excellent fight scenes. would anyone watch a movie titled Debbie does Dallas expecting some great story to emerge? no
  4. May 19, 2013
    10
    It's like being injected with a bloody, gory and jaw dropping drug. Ninja Assassin captures the story of Rain, a student in martial arts. When Rain's bloodthirsty killers shadow him, he uses his carnage to payback and get his lady love who has been captured by the antagonist. NA is a good film, in fact a really good film. The fast paced killings, brilliant martial arts and good story- AllIt's like being injected with a bloody, gory and jaw dropping drug. Ninja Assassin captures the story of Rain, a student in martial arts. When Rain's bloodthirsty killers shadow him, he uses his carnage to payback and get his lady love who has been captured by the antagonist. NA is a good film, in fact a really good film. The fast paced killings, brilliant martial arts and good story- All done by James McTiguge. This film is about killing and killing works. The visuals are stunning and a bloody good time. This was the only fun, indo, fast and gory film that worked in 2009. This film is not for soft people or people who don't like this genre and blood and gore. This film is not for everyone. Certainley, not for kids, though. You can't compare it to masterpieces like There Will Be Blood or The Dark Knight. But certainly, rent or buy this film for 9.99 and sit back with buttery popcorn and enjoy the blood, gore and stylized violence. Or buy a ticket if needed. This was a badass movie and the critics are talking s**t about it. Expand
  5. Oct 30, 2010
    9
    This movie is so under-appreciated it is a crime.

    There is a plot, its detailed, and develops well. There are characters, protagonists antagonists, etc. In short it has all the standard trimmings of a story/movie. Where this movie excels and possibly puts people off, is the graphic and nearly-over-the-top manner in which the combat/fight scenes are executed. Yes there is
    This movie is so under-appreciated it is a crime.

    There is a plot, its detailed, and develops well. There are characters, protagonists antagonists, etc.

    In short it has all the standard trimmings of a story/movie.

    Where this movie excels and possibly puts people off, is the graphic and nearly-over-the-top manner in which the combat/fight scenes are executed. Yes there is violence. Lots of it. Too much? well thats subjective.

    In the end, I think this is the best treatment of the Ninja "legend" inclusive of hints of mysticism (shadow-jumping etc.) that I have seen.

    If you liked The Matrix movies you'll love this.

    Do not listen to these absurd reviews saying the movie was bad. It was one of the best martial arts movies I have ever seen. Pure non-stop action and a simple but good plot (a lot more than expected). When I first went to see the movie I knew it would be good but I did not know I would like it this much! I cannot wait to buy it when it comes to DVD and hope they make a second one.
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  6. Aug 27, 2011
    9
    "Ninja Assassin" knows exactly what it is-A bloody good time. Though, many people mite not care for the offerings that this movie has for us, this movie was really made to be a load of bloody fun! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy gore, the action, and the thrills.
  7. Oct 21, 2013
    10
    I'm very disappointed with all these "critics" giving thumbs down to this masterpiece. If you are a movie "critic" and you gave this NINJA movie a thumbs down... you don't know about Ninjas and NINJA fans.

    This move is exactly what Ninja fans love about Ninjas. It's PERFECT!
Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 9 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    70
    Ninja isn't a great movie, but if you're in the right frame of mind, it is a bloody good time.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    40
    Seemingly made to capitalize on a dubious CG innovation -- namely, the slicing of bodies in half by whizzing five-pointed stars -- Ninja Assassin has little else to recommend it, not even laughs.
  3. Numbingly gory when it isn’t just plain numbing.