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Adapted from Mark Millar's hyper-violent comic book of the same name, director Matthew Vaughn's (Layer Cake) vigilante superhero film tells the tale of an average New York teenager who decides to don a costume and fight crime. Comic book geek Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) may not have good coordination or special powers, but that doesn't mean he isn't a fully capable crime fighter. After purchasing a flashy wet suit on the Internet, Dave starts busting up baddies with nothing but brute force. He calls himself Kick-Ass, and he can take a beating as good as he can dish one out.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Most of the lessons in Kick-Ass are juvenile, but Lordy are they stylishly told."
‑ Laremy Legel,
"When filmmakers nudge a child into viewing savagery as slapstick, are we not allowing them to do what we condemn in the pornographer -- that is, to coarsen and inflame?"
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"A tremendously fresh experience."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"If you want to get serious, you could say that Kick-Ass is the movie that could finally drag comic-books into the credible mainstream. But being serious is to miss the point of Kick-Ass completely."
‑ Ali Gray,
"Fast, funny, and a hell of a lot of fun, Vaughn's film does, indeed, live up to the brash punch of its title."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"I found it mighty painful sitting through all the bone crushing and blood-letting."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Kick-Ass is some kind of twisted fun."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"With its electrifying action sequences, a killer storyline and a maverick comic sensibility, the brilliance of Kick Ass will hit those who want to see it like a thunderbolt."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"Where do I stand on Kick-Ass? On the fence, goggling with a mix of appalled fascination and guilty pleasure at the film's dark comedy and over-the-top violence."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"... It feels fresh, with an edge about it that allows you to think anything can happen to any character at any time."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"I know it's all supposed to be tongue in cheek and lots of fun, but frankly this turned my stomach."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"Everything you've likely heard about Kick-Ass is true, providing you've heard it's profane, outlandish, ultra-violent, shocking, funny and wildly entertaining."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"If you're not too put-off by lots of violence and profanity, and enjoy a good action-filled popcorn flick, then chances are you're going to love "Kick-Ass.""
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Kick-Ass gains significant momentum in its second half, once it abandons the arch origin-story material and starts staking a claim as a straight-up action flick."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago
"Both its plot and inconsistent message seem little more than an excuse to show us a man explode inside an industrial-strength microwave."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
More reviews for Kick-Ass on Rotten Tomatoes

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