Elektra (2005)

Ordered to assassinate Mark Miller, the deadly female ninja Elektra opts instead to defy her orders and defends both Mark and his daughter Abby against all comers.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 14, 2005
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
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Critic Score: 10% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Jennifer Garner inhabits her role with earnest gusto, but Elektra's tone deaf script is too self-serious and bereft of intelligent dialogue to provide engaging thrills.

David Edelstein

There isn't a whisper of spontaneity.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

Everything comes back to Garner, though -- and even when the movie takes itself too seriously, thankfully she never does.

Leah Rozen
People Magazine

Garner, who showed a promising comic touch last year in 13 Going On 30, does her movie career no favors here.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

The movie's dominant visual tone is bronzed grunge, and its emotional tone is depressive.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Elektra shoves Frank Miller's eponymous cold-blooded assassin into a PG-13-friendly adventure.

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Matthew Reynolds

The problem is Elektra is not among the most compelling of characters. She doesn't have enough humanity and the story not enough depth to sustain us between fight scenes.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This doesn't exactly set the world on fire, but I was charmed by its old-fashioned storytelling, which is refreshingly free of archness, self-consciousness, or Kill Bill-style wisecracks.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A none too Marvel-lous spin-off from Daredevil.

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Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

If the film isn't as bad as some others in the comics-to-cinema genre (Halle Berry's Catwoman has rather lowered the bar), that's not to say it's good.

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Flixster Audience Score: 29% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Good fight scenes and a much more plausible story line than I expected. I think this movie gets slammed far more than it should.
Martin Sahlin
A lot better then I expected. A pretty okay story and somewhat entertaining. Definitely watchable.
Everett Johnson
By far, the absolute worst Marvel movie to date. "Elektra" is a spin off of "Daredevil" and completely goes off the tracks with a bad… More
Steven Carrier
I really don't mind "Elektra". While the plot takes itself much to seriously, Jennifer Garner makes sure things never get too out of hand. Garner… More
Dean McKenna
Jennifer Garner is a sweet-faced assassin and she works hard in the fight scene. But this version of the <b>Marvel Comics</b> character, and… More
Conner Rainwater
I'll give it to Elktra, at least it tried to be a good movie and a more serious representation of the source material. The Hand actually appeared and Stick… More