The Gunman
The Gunman (2015)

THE GUNMAN, the new action thriller from Pierre Morel, the director of Taken, stars Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance. (C) Open Road

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 20, 2015
DVD Release Date: June 30, 2015
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Critic Score: 17% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With an uninspired plot and rote set pieces that are overshadowed by its star's physique, The Gunman proves a muddled misfire in the rapidly aging Over-50 Action Hero genre.

Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Rarely, though, have two Academy Award-winning actors been so stunningly off the mark in the same movie.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

I doubt The Gunman will do much to advance Penn's foray into action-hero bankability, and that's probably a good thing. He's too fine an actor to be mired in nonstop shootouts while flashing his pecs and looking scowly.

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Dwight Brown
National Newspaper Publishers Association

The Gunman doesn't shoot blanks, but it is never fully loaded.

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Wesley Morris

I object to The Gunman because it's unconvincing and incoherent.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The Gunman degenerates into dreary setups for guns and gore. Penn merits more. So do we.

Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

Even for an action movie, The Gunman is ridiculously, almost courageously, dumb. It's also boring. So, you know, it's got that going for it.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

A dull, generic retread, made far worse by Penn's self-seriousness as an actor, by the banal political pieties he's grafted on as producer and co-writer, and by the presence of a pitifully retrograde female lead role.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

The actors are good and the action is thrilling. And if the film isn't quite as seriously political as I'm guessing Penn told himself it was, it's definitely an offbeat change of pace for us.

Tara Thorne
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Relentlessly, loudly violent, the well-made Gunman is oddly compelling even when it's stupid (often).

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
This movie is based on the French crime novel [i]La Position Du Tireur Couchè[/i] by Jean-Patrick Manchette, hence this is an American/French collaboration. As… More
Jeff Boam
Gunning for a raspberry at an automatic clip, musclebound Sean Penn's attempt at becoming a Liam Neeson-style action hero unfortunately causes the audience… More
Al S
A tough, mature and grown-up action movie, Director, Pierre Morel solidly hits his mark with a story with tons of suspense, character development, spectacular… More
Jason Szabo
The Gunman is a serviceable action thriller that will mostly apply to fans of the so-obviously aging Sean Penn. It's at times almost painful to watch the… More
Dann Michalski
A rather bland political thriller, The Gunman clumsily tries to mix action with political conspiracy. The story follows a former military contractor named Jim… More
Philip Price
The Gunman, which takes Sean Penn and does the only thing Hollywood now knows to do with aging male actors by turning them into would-be action stars, has some… More