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
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Sobczynski
    Sep 9, 2014
    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. Opposite him, Lopez delivers one of her more convincing performances.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Mar 4, 2013
    60
    Fifty years after he first appeared, Donald E. Westlake’s antihero may have found his perfect avatar. Like Parker’s robberies, it isn’t entirely successful, but Statham and Lopez make enticingly mismatched partners in crime.
  3. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Feb 26, 2013
    58
    Sometimes in life, simple pleasures can be rewarding, and that’s certainly the case here. Parker is not a particularly innovative film, but it’s no less effective for the blemish.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob James
    Feb 9, 2013
    60
    He might have lost his edge, but Parker hasn’t mellowed in his old age. A sunny, silly, violent revenger that puts Statham in good company.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Jan 31, 2013
    25
    The best we get here are modest action diversions.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jan 26, 2013
    50
    Parker the movie, like the man, delivers exactly as promised.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 25, 2013
    25
    This Parker spits in our collective eye. Don't blame us for spitting back.
  14. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jan 25, 2013
    63
    The action scenes are crisply directed, brutal, and invigorating.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jan 25, 2013
    42
    The movie is a morals-free procession of bang bang bang! and blood blood blood!, and men slamming each other with blunt objects and slicing each other with blades.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jan 25, 2013
    60
    It's an uneven but fairly enjoyable ride, one that benefits from Statham's cool, capable presence.
  18. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    Jan 25, 2013
    58
    Though Parker starts off fairly strong, the action gets more predictable as it meanders toward its conclusion.
  19. 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.
  20. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jan 24, 2013
    50
    Parker is watchable chiefly for Statham, who exudes effortless cool and excels in hand-to-hand combat, as well as demonstrating his skill at wielding some very unlikely weapons.
  21. 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.
  22. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 24, 2013
    40
    If you go in knowing what you're getting, you should come out relatively satisfied. Our hero vigorously beats up a parade of bad guys. Lots of bullets fly. There are a couple of decently plotted thefts. And to tell the truth, Statham's Southern accent is nearly worth the price of admission itself.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jan 24, 2013
    60
    If you're going to saturate a film with so much violence, at least it's nice to see an action hero - or antihero - actually feeling the pain.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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."
  29. 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."
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 108 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 37
  2. Negative: 10 out of 37
  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 »