Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 10 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 25, 2013
    25
    This Parker spits in our collective eye. Don't blame us for spitting back.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jan 24, 2013
    30
    The essence of this grindingly violent movie can be summed up by what Parker says of his handgun to a terrified clerk at a check-cashing service: "It's small, but it hurts."
  3. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Jan 30, 2013
    20
    I have never doodled during a movie before in my life, but holy hell, Parker's two-hour running time takes a lifetime. Plenty of time for mental doodling, too.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jan 25, 2013
    20
    The smidgen of dramatic color offered by Jennifer Lopez, as a divorced real-estate broker drawn into Parker's payback scheme, is offset by her character's shocking naïveté, shedding her clothes on command (as if she still couldn't hide a wire somewhere) and falling unconvincingly for Statham's featureless cipher.
  5. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jan 29, 2013
    25
    For an old-fashioned crime thriller, you need real pros. Mr. Statham is to acting what Taco Bell is to nutrition.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jan 30, 2013
    38
    Despite an epic fight or two, Parker robs us of the revenge, the suspense of the hunt, of Parker's methodical way of tracking down those who betrayed him, one by one.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Jan 31, 2013
    25
    The best we get here are modest action diversions.
  8. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Jan 25, 2013
    25
    This newest film is an undercooked potboiler, one so tastelessly bland and visually indistinguishable that you wonder if anyone associated with the project realized what makes cheapo crime fiction so fun to consume.
  9. Reviewed by: John Semley
    Jan 19, 2013
    38
    Tonally, Parker's not so much broad or inclusive as weirdly schizophrenic, vacillating between flat comedy and spiked savagery, the product of a painfully slapdash script that also includes such laughable incidental dialogue as "pizza-I love that sh.t" and "beers and jewels, baby."
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Sobczynski
    Jan 26, 2013
    38
    The best things about Parker are the two lead actors. Although working with material that is lackluster even by his standards, Statham manages to demonstrate a commanding screen presence that cannot be dismissed.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 94 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 31
  2. Negative: 10 out of 31
  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 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 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 »