Defendor (2009)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 1, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 13, 2010
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Saving the day is Harrelson's low-key, rooted performance, adding an unexpected layer of poignancy when things take a decidedly darker turn.

Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

Likable but hardly memorable.

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Rob Gonsalves

A small, decent triumph with real shades of feeling.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

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.

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David Germain
Associated Press

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.

Sean Axmaker

... 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.

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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Dennis Harvey

Modest but likable effort is packaged in a straightforward style.

Scott Weinberg

The "everyman" superhero strikes again, this time with strangely compelling results.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Defendor is a surprising treat for fans of superhero movies. The film has an impressive cast and a good storyline. Some may say that this is similar to Kickass,… More
Kristijonas Fussman
A strangely compelling film - it carries a dark yet somewhat optimistic tone, and the unhinged performance from Woody Harrelson is a treat to watch.
Chris Weber
Similar, but not the same as Kick-Ass, we get another take on the idea of ordinary and powerless people trying to become superheroes. This is a superhero film… More
Luke Baldock
Mixing a current love for super-hero movies, with a drama about mental health is a hard sell. Probably why this film has been skirting under the radar for… More
Kevin M. Williams
The local police force in Hammertown? They're simply too overwhelmed to care about the recent wave of crime sweeping the city, those that aren't… More
Dean McKenna
<i>Defendor</i> is a firmly odd endeavour, casting Woody Harrelson's oddball everyman as a surrogate crimefighter and exploiting his antics for… More