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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 41
  2. Negative: 13 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 19, 2015
    75
    Basically, The Gunman is a movie that asks audiences to sympathize with the equivalent of Lee Harvey Oswald — that is, an Oswald who definitely did it. Oddly enough, it succeeds, partly because the moral climate it presents seems so confused, but mainly because of Penn’s particular aura of irascible integrity. He’s the most irritated action hero since Harrison Ford.
  2. Reviewed by: James Dyer
    Mar 16, 2015
    60
    Sub-Ludlum plotting but stylishly executed, this offers a fun night out but is far from a nailed-on franchise-starter.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 20, 2015
    50
    In fact, no one in The Gunman looks happy. And what happened to chivalry? If a fierce squad of goons is coming after you and your ex, whom you still love, and there's only one Kevlar vest to throw on, don't you offer it to her? Apparently not.
  4. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Mar 16, 2015
    40
    A genuine disappointment, given the talent involved, and a rare misstep for Penn, who can’t save this moribund vanity project from flatlining.
  5. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Mar 19, 2015
    40
    It’s not a hard and fast rule, but in general when the main character, sometime in the third act, says, “I did some bad things ... ” and stares off into the middle distance, the implied end of the sentence is “including this movie.”
  6. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Mar 15, 2015
    38
    The lack of any visual ingenuity, reflexivity, or awareness of genre tropes diminishes the intermittent pleasures of the action's slightly involving kineticism.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 18, 2015
    25
    For meat-headed incoherence, a badly written, poorly directed and confusingly acted muddle of global nonsense, The Gunman is another ill-conceived entry in the latest dopey trend of middle-aged men blowing up stuff.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 5 out of 13
  1. Mar 23, 2015
    9
    I saw the "The Gunman" in a cinema chair. For me it was simply one of the best movies I've seen lately. The story and the suspense held me toI saw the "The Gunman" in a cinema chair. For me it was simply one of the best movies I've seen lately. The story and the suspense held me to the chair until the end of the movie. In the background there is much reality that is unknown in the interests of a large multinational and its ability to achieve its goals. Great movie. Expand
  2. Jun 21, 2015
    7
    If you enjoyed Blood Diamond with Leonardo DiCaprio then you will view this as a milder version. The Gunman was better than expected becauseIf you enjoyed Blood Diamond with Leonardo DiCaprio then you will view this as a milder version. The Gunman was better than expected because it delivered good performances and worthy actionable scenes. It flowed well, surprisingly, Sean Penn is a great action character for his age as well as in great shape. Expand
  3. Jun 25, 2015
    7
    If you're looking for a simple enough action movie, this is definitely okey. Seeing Sean Penn in this movie, can probably feel odd to some, IIf you're looking for a simple enough action movie, this is definitely okey. Seeing Sean Penn in this movie, can probably feel odd to some, I basically don't care. You'll have a couple of ridiculous scenes where Penn seems just to want to show off his body, a few short annoying moments. The plot is predictable if you have some intelligence, but I didn't mind that. Expand
  4. Mar 24, 2015
    4
    Sean Penn is on the run after the guys who hired him to assassinate a major figure are out to eliminate him. His plight takes him down tooSean Penn is on the run after the guys who hired him to assassinate a major figure are out to eliminate him. His plight takes him down too many talky pathways and dull romantic moments. Since it's directed by Pierre Morel (who did the original "Taken"), the fight scenes are flashy and violent. There just aren't enough of them. Penn's very fit body (which is shown off plenty) belies his craggy, rough face, which is locked in an intense scowl. A forgettable film. Expand
  5. Mar 20, 2015
    4
    It's pretty watchable, but it's just so darned generic. Seems almost entirely purposed as a vehicle for Sean Penn to show off his guns (andIt's pretty watchable, but it's just so darned generic. Seems almost entirely purposed as a vehicle for Sean Penn to show off his guns (and pecs). He's really the best part of the movie, but the entire enterprise is so "Euro"... no really pop to any of it. And the typical cat-and-mouse chase crap at the end is SO routine. Expand
  6. May 14, 2015
    3
    Sean Penn character is literally not sympathetic enough to make you wanna root for him. Aside from a not so strong script, there's not much inSean Penn character is literally not sympathetic enough to make you wanna root for him. Aside from a not so strong script, there's not much in the movie that can save it from disaster. Expand
  7. Mar 22, 2015
    0
    no guns in the movie sean pean takes his shrit off and 2nd worst of the year the the hole movie suck sean pean is not a good actor and alsono guns in the movie sean pean takes his shrit off and 2nd worst of the year the the hole movie suck sean pean is not a good actor and also every actor in the movie sucks Expand

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