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After twenty‐five years in prison, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson) is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris (Ruth Negga), the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion: Ethan (Luke Kirby), the son of his former partner, has an ingenious plan and he wants Foley in. The harder Foley tries to escape his past, the tighter he is ensnared in Ethan's web of secrets, until it becomes all too clear to Foley that some wrongs can never be made right. -- (C) IFC

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's not honest with its people, or its plot. And the only ones it really cheats are audience members."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
""The Samaritan" proves that even Samuel L. Jackson can be boring."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The Samaritan benefits substantially from the inclusion of a shocking turn in the narrative at around the halfway point..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"Director David Weaver and co-writer Elan Mastai twist the movie in several different directions before settling for a professional but generic pulp thriller."
‑ Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto
"[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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The haphazard feeling of the narrative deflates any real tension."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"The experience of watching Samuel L. Jackson actually act is the only real pleasure to be gleaned from the movie."
‑ Robert Levin, Film School Rejects
"It seems impossible that Jackson could go through an entire movie without ever raising his voice, but here he is."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"A scripted cliché: the ex-con who wants to go straight until the plot kicks in."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Way too much psychosexual melodrama, portrayed in performances that range from utterly bored (Jackson) to embarrassingly broad (Kirby)."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Director David Weaver and co-writer Elan Mastai's neo-noir script is just a shadow of the genre."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Paste Magazine
"Even the spirited Ruth Negga can't lift this by-the-numbers neo-noir out of its dull parboiled rut."
‑ Kurt Loder, Reason Online
"The Samaritan takes a jarring turn right out of Park Chan-wook, and from there takes a tumble into ludicrousness from which it doesn't recover."
‑ Alison Willmore, Movieline
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