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Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner helms this action-adventure yarn in which Robert Rath (Sylvester Stallone), a veteran, burned-out hit man for hire who's looking to leave his profession, meets a younger, crazier, more ambitious competitor, Miguel Bain (Antonio Banderas), who is out to best Rath and make him a target in the process. Rath signs on for one last hit, but complications ensue when he falls in love with the mark, a beautiful, mysterious woman named Electra (Julianne Moore). Bain sets out to murder Electra as well, and the chase leads the two assassins into a deadly game of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's so much dead air floating around in this icy-cool thriller that the director, Richard Donner, seems to be trying for an art-house version of his Lethal Weapon series (The 400 Blows to Your Head?)."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Although he lets Assassins run on too long, Mr. Donner gives it a dependably slick big-budget style."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The plot becomes increasingly silly, and while some pleasure can be had in the improbable set pieces, this is not nearly as much fun as it should be."
‑ , Film4
"The further into the action we get, the more ludicrous things become."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Suspenseless, plastic and contrived. Rent Best Seller, The Professional or The Mechanic instead, all far superior films about professional hit men."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"A not-much-fun high-tech actioner."
‑ Jonathan Taylor, Variety
"Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas seem as if they didn't know quite what to do to make this implausible action drama a kick."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"The action is stilted and infrequent, reduced to indifferent gun play, car chases and one standout explosion when a gas main ignites."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"...a decent 80-minute thriller that somehow manages to chug along for over two hours."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Entirely confused and annoyingly confusing action inanity. Donner should know better."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"An unusually serious, almost sombre thriller from the versatile action producer Joel Silver in which Stallone's a jaded assassin haunted by the past but unable to face the future."
‑ , Time Out
"Noisy, shallow and glibly violent."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"It's numbingly cold and pointless."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"If I had to describe this movie in two words, I'd say "long" and "boring"."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Face-clawingly awful; a textbook example of everything that's wrong with Hollywood."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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