Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 15, 2012
    30
    Weaver's story slowly begins to buckle under the weight of its own self-seriousness and familiarity, concluding with a showdown and resolution marked by one implausible and unsatisfying been-here-done-that twist after another.
  2. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    May 18, 2012
    25
    The Samaritan treads a fine line between film-noir moodiness and crime-thriller triteness, mostly settling for the latter.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    May 17, 2012
    20
    The most charitable approach to this unfortunate diversion in Jackson's career would be to pretend it never happened. Now, who wants to go see "The Avengers" again?
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    May 15, 2012
    20
    No one expects a Samuel L. Jackson thriller to be Shakespeare, but David Weaver's wanna-be '70s-grindhouse cheapie doesn't even achieve serviceability.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 18, 2012
    12
    A would-be piece of pulp fiction about a parolee trying to go straight, The Samaritan proves that even Samuel L. Jackson can be boring.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 6, 2012
    5
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