American Ultra

American Ultra

American Ultra

Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart reteam (after the underrated Adventureland) with this action-comedy about a couple of stoners whose lives are interrupted when a government operation descends upon their small town with the aim of wiping them out.

Pothead Mike (Eisenberg), on the verge of asking his live-in girlfriend (Stewart) to marry him, discovers he is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. As his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero.

2015Rating: R1696 minsUSA
ActionComedy
90%
want to see

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Reviews & comments

Not bad

funny at points, a few holes, but not a bad film

3.0

Fun

Apart from a few tonal conflicts and plot inconsistencies this is an awesome, cool, funny, ORIGINAL and fun movie that if you take for what it is, is more than a good time. Oh and Bill Pullman.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Too often plays like an earnest yet unsatisfying adaptation of a cult graphic novel, with most of the charm lost in translation.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Artless and unpleasant, this is the kind of late-summer swill that gives August a bad name.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Expect a diverting summer action adventure with occasional laughs, not a diverting stoner comedy with occasional action.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The movie simply doesn't know if it wants to be Jason Bourne or Cheech and Chong.

2.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Eisenberg and Stewart stay appealing to the last. The movie, not so much.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A genre mash that's mildly amusing until it can't think of anything else to do besides flop around in the deep end of conspicuous gore.

Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

Even though Eisenberg also shares a great rapport with Stewart... [it] just cannot hold a coherent connection to viewers when it truly must.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

Check your brain at the popcorn-butter pump in the lobby and enjoy it.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A potential cult item in the making, American Ultra may be an acquired taste but it's chocful of invention.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Too often plays like an earnest yet unsatisfying adaptation of a cult graphic novel, with most of the charm lost in translation.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Artless and unpleasant, this is the kind of late-summer swill that gives August a bad name.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Expect a diverting summer action adventure with occasional laughs, not a diverting stoner comedy with occasional action.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The movie simply doesn't know if it wants to be Jason Bourne or Cheech and Chong.

2.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Eisenberg and Stewart stay appealing to the last. The movie, not so much.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A genre mash that's mildly amusing until it can't think of anything else to do besides flop around in the deep end of conspicuous gore.

Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

Even though Eisenberg also shares a great rapport with Stewart... [it] just cannot hold a coherent connection to viewers when it truly must.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

Check your brain at the popcorn-butter pump in the lobby and enjoy it.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A potential cult item in the making, American Ultra may be an acquired taste but it's chocful of invention.

3.0

Not bad

funny at points, a few holes, but not a bad film

3.0

Fun

Apart from a few tonal conflicts and plot inconsistencies this is an awesome, cool, funny, ORIGINAL and fun movie that if you take for what it is, is more than a good time. Oh and Bill Pullman.

3.0