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The SamaritanAfter many years in prison, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson) is finished with the grifter's life, but the son (Luke Kirby) of his former partner has an ingenious plan worth $8 million and he wants Foley in.
Actors of "The Samaritan"
Characters of "The Samaritan"
Directors of "The Samaritan"David Weaver
Creators of "The Samaritan"Elan MastaiDavid Weaver
Critic Reviews of "The Samaritan"Newark Star-LedgerMay 18, 2012
It's not honest with its people, or its plot. And the only ones it really cheats are audience members.New York TimesMay 18, 2012
[Jackson's] doleful revenant is in almost every scene, and this hardworking actor seems to know that the film around him should be a light-footed caper instead of a grim noir with a side order of deviance.Globe and MailMay 18, 2012
A scripted cliché: the ex-con who wants to go straight until the plot kicks in.New York PostMay 18, 2012
"The Samaritan" proves that even Samuel L. Jackson can be boring.Los Angeles TimesMay 17, 2012
The haphazard feeling of the narrative deflates any real tension.New York Daily NewsMay 17, 2012
Way too much psychosexual melodrama, portrayed in performances that range from utterly bored (Jackson) to embarrassingly broad (Kirby).Reel Film ReviewsJuly 26, 2013
The Samaritan benefits substantially from the inclusion of a shocking turn in the narrative at around the halfway point...Cinemalogue.comMay 28, 2012
What could have been an intriguing character study about redemption turns into an absurd series of eye-rolling plot twists that makes it impossible to take this mess seriously.Paste MagazineMay 22, 2012
Director David Weaver and co-writer Elan Mastai's neo-noir script is just a shadow of the genre.Slant MagazineMay 19, 2012
It packs its narrative with a succession of increasingly clichéd twists, one of which involves the sudden recognition that its main character, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson), is romantically involved with his own daughter.Film School RejectsMay 18, 2012
The experience of watching Samuel L. Jackson actually act is the only real pleasure to be gleaned from the movie.Reason OnlineMay 18, 2012
Even the spirited Ruth Negga can't lift this by-the-numbers neo-noir out of its dull parboiled rut.
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