The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Tom Cruise is in fine form as mysterious tough guy Jack Reacher finally reaches the big screen.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This is Cruise's show. And he nails it. The patented smile is gone, replaced by a glower that makes Jack Reacher a dark and dazzling ride into a new kind of hell.
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The bigger problem is that Cruise, as Reacher, has no wit and no style, other than the studiously applied kind. He's so desperate to do everything right that nearly everything he does comes off all wrong.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Cruise's tightly controlled performance holds our attention all the way through to the tense finale. Still, McQuarrie's script never gets at the heart of a character who's already inspired such a passionate fan base.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
That Cruise fails to make a case for Reacher's allure, though, has less to do with physical dissonance than it does with the film's inability - stupefying inability, really - to otherwise make a case for the character's originality in a movie so choked with visual clichés and dreadfully moldy dialogue.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This movie is the height of by-the-book dullness.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An average action film, made slightly better by Cruise, and more bizarre by Herzog, and more watchable by Pike, but still within the average range, a silk purse that still says oink.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Despite a terrific cast, Jack Reacher comes up empty-handed.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The violence is plenty, and pointless.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Jack Reacher, which Christopher McQuarrie directed from his adaptation of a Lee Child crime novel, is not just another dumb thriller. It's almost peerlessly self-important, weirdly incoherent and eerily smarmy. It's also mysteriously inept, considering that Tom Cruise plays the title role.
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50 out of 100
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