The Samaritan

The Samaritan

The Samaritan

Samuel L. Jackson stars in this crime thriller as ex-con Foley. After twenty‐five years in prison, he is done with the grifter's life. When he meets beautiful Iris (Ruth Negga), the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion: Ethan (Luke Kirby), the son of his former partner, has an ingenious plan and he wants Foley in. The harder Foley tries to escape his past, the tighter he is ensnared in Ethan's web, until it becomes all too clear to Foley that some wrongs can never be made right.

2012Rating: R1690 minsCanada
Thriller
Director:
David Weaver ('Siblings', 'Century Hotel')
Cast:
Samuel L. JacksonLuke KirbyRuth NeggaAlan C. Peterson

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Misses a great opportunity to dig into its setting and examine the dark side of seemingly pristine Toronto...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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It wants to be a nimble-footed con movie, but also a bludgeoning (and bloody) revenge thriller, neither of which it succeeds in.

2.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Isn't a great noir, but it's true to the tradition and gives Samuel L. Jackson one of his best recent roles.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The haphazard feeling of the narrative deflates any real tension.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Good early running is seriously undercut by tiresome twists, predictable turns and a rushed, botched, improbable ending.

1.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A rock solid Samuel L. Jackson adeptly anchors the twists and turns of this noir crime thriller.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Jackson seems only interested in cashing his paycheck, even if it's not an especially large one.

Variety

Variety

press

Misses a great opportunity to dig into its setting and examine the dark side of seemingly pristine Toronto...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It wants to be a nimble-footed con movie, but also a bludgeoning (and bloody) revenge thriller, neither of which it succeeds in.

2.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Isn't a great noir, but it's true to the tradition and gives Samuel L. Jackson one of his best recent roles.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The haphazard feeling of the narrative deflates any real tension.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Good early running is seriously undercut by tiresome twists, predictable turns and a rushed, botched, improbable ending.

1.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A rock solid Samuel L. Jackson adeptly anchors the twists and turns of this noir crime thriller.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Jackson seems only interested in cashing his paycheck, even if it's not an especially large one.

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