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Woody Harrelson is construction worker by day, self-made superhero by night in Defendor, a comedy that takes aim at society's infatuation with comic-book mythologies. While the city is awake, Arthur Poppington (Harrelson) holds traffic signs, and is nearly invisible to all who pass; after hours, he assumes his secret identity (complete with homemade costume) and prowls the streets in search of his arch nemesis, "Captain Industry." Along the way, he saves a young prostitute (Kat Dennings) from an abusive undercover cop (Elias Koteas), a move that proves his commitment to fighting… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Saving the day is Harrelson's low-key, rooted performance, adding an unexpected layer of poignancy when things take a decidedly darker turn."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"The low-budget movie continually shifts from comic-book spoof to gritty crime story to mental-health drama, the inconsistent tone preventing it from ever fully working as one or another."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"A small, decent triumph with real shades of feeling."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A weird picture and not always successful selling its ideas, but it definitely retains a determined personality, making the picture convincing on a fundamental level of cinematic ambition, not execution."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"While it never seems to really thematically gel and while I would have liked a better script, the actors and vision on display make this a better entry in the teeniest superhero subgenre yet."
‑ Devin Faraci, CHUD
"Stebbings is more interested in deconstructing heroism than creating a concrete world, sapping the movie of the immediacy it needs to come alive. For all its aspirations, the film never meshes into something cohesive or substantial."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
"Modest but likable effort is packaged in a straightforward style."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"... for all the poignancy of this broken vigilante, it's a mess of awkward black comedy, tangled themes and screwed-up characters looking for a story."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"The conviction in Harrelson's performance sells the movie -- he and his character are both unsung heroes who give their roles everything they've got."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"The humanity and tragedy in Arthur's character, beautifully portrayed by Harrelson, raises the film to a higher level."
‑ Johnny Firecloud, CraveOnline
"Likable but hardly memorable."
‑ Tim Grierson, L.A. Weekly
"Defendor is more a refreshment of a genre than a transcendence of it. But thanks to Harrelson, you'll be a believer."
‑ James Adams, Globe and Mail
"The "everyman" superhero strikes again, this time with strangely compelling results."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Cinematical
"Watching a superhero at work shouldn't be such a snooze."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"This is a deconstruction of the superhero myth that explores the deep rooted sadness and pain that a "hero" must deal with. It's also darkly funny too."
‑ Jimmy O, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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