The Samaritan
The Samaritan (2012)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 18, 2012
DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Samaritan is a ludicrous neo-noir starring a seemingly bored Samuel L. Jackson.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

It's not honest with its people, or its plot. And the only ones it really cheats are audience members.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

"The Samaritan" proves that even Samuel L. Jackson can be boring.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The Samaritan benefits substantially from the inclusion of a shocking turn in the narrative at around the halfway point...

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

[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.

Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

The haphazard feeling of the narrative deflates any real tension.

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Todd Jorgenson

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.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

A scripted cliché: the ex-con who wants to go straight until the plot kicks in.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Way too much psychosexual melodrama, portrayed in performances that range from utterly bored (Jackson) to embarrassingly broad (Kirby).

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Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

Director David Weaver and co-writer Elan Mastai's neo-noir script is just a shadow of the genre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
The Samaritan is a film that had the potential of being a truly memorable thriller. Unfortunately, the film never really takes off, and ends up falling flat. I… More
Manu Gino
You've got to know a secret to tell a secret. Good movie! This film represents a dying breed of crime thriller in which character and plot take precedence… More
<b><I>The Samaritan</b></I> has to be one of the worse films SLJ has starred in. The script, acting, directing, and even the little bit… More
Edward Boxler
The Samaritan is just simply too derivative, too cliche, and too much in love with the style of a film noir rather than creating an honest portrayal of… More
Al S
A gritty and crisp serving of a thriller that`s twisty, enthralling and very entertaining. It delivers up some solid suspense and great performances from its… More
Brendan Nicholls
interesting noir film that begins well but falls apart. the only thing that holds it together is jackson who delivers in the lead. The plot is basically… More