Parker

Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 29
  2. Negative: 11 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Jan 26, 2013
    75
    The movie is neatly directed by Taylor Hackford, who keeps it moving quickly without descending into a blur of cut-cut-cut edits.
  2. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Jan 25, 2013
    75
    Even the people who griped about Tom Cruise being cast as the towering Jack Reacher will have to admit Statham fits nicely in Parker's shoes.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 24, 2013
    70
    Crisp and efficient, with the occasional clunky moments, Parker also shows off Jennifer Lopez (literally) to good effect, while mostly squandering the rest of its first-rate cast.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Jan 24, 2013
    70
    The picture is far from great, but it's a serviceable B-movie with some A-list talent on a slumming expedition.
  5. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jan 24, 2013
    70
    Parker...is not a great movie....But Parker is nonetheless great fun. It is part of a welcome trend, or counter-trend, in action filmmaking, an effort to strip away the apocalyptic bloat and digital fakery that have overtaken the genre and return to its pulpy, nasty, mechanical roots.
  6. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jan 25, 2013
    63
    The action scenes are crisply directed, brutal, and invigorating.
  7. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    Jan 24, 2013
    63
    The tight-lipped, give-no-quarter Statham is impeccable as the pitiless yet honourable Parker (though fans of the books will no doubt quibble, especially over the British accent). On the other hand, Lopez, that pleasant sex pot, hasn't a hope of producing the tragic desperation of her down-on-her-luck character.
  8. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jan 24, 2013
    63
    Taylor Hackford directs crisply, unpretentiously. Patti LuPone goes Latina, playing Lopez's soap opera-addicted mom, and Bobby Cannavale is a Palm Beach cop with an eye for Leslie. The action is fast and furious.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 117 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 39
  2. Negative: 11 out of 39
  1. Jan 27, 2013
    8
    Lopez adds a refreshing twist to this play by the numbers Statham movie. I think she should of been the next Bond girl but I will accept herLopez adds a refreshing twist to this play by the numbers Statham movie. I think she should of been the next Bond girl but I will accept her in this almost straight to dvd action flick. Also it is nice to see an action movie with fight scenes that do NOT involve to much shaky cam. There is a reason why they keep making movies of this type. It just works and people buy it. Full Review »
  2. Jan 25, 2013
    3
    Just your regular Statham movie. Nothing new, just all the same as before, no point lots of violence.
  3. Jan 25, 2013
    7
    Even if you go into this movie waiting to hate it for its simplistic and slavish obedience to the action-thriller genre, Jason Statham willEven if you go into this movie waiting to hate it for its simplistic and slavish obedience to the action-thriller genre, Jason Statham will win you over. He has the "it" factor that makes the movie work, just like his Transporter series and Crank. When you sprinkle the bodacious curves of Lopez on top, the result is pure goodness! Sometimes the formula used by the simpletons in Hollywood works, and sometimes it doesn't. That is the danger with using a formula. This time it worked. Full Review »