Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The Samaritan isn't a great noir, but it's true to the tradition and gives Samuel L. Jackson one of his best recent roles.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
A gritty serving of pulp fiction masterfully perpetrated by Samuel L. Jackson as a philosophical ex-con trying to buck the considerable odds by taking a shot at redemption.
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Svelte enough in its reassembling of familiar elements to be, for a while, as comfortably pleasant as sipping on what once used to be your go-to drink - until The Samaritan takes a jarring turn right out of Park Chan-wook, and from there takes a tumble into ludicrousness from which it doesn't recover.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
About a third of the way along, there's a shocking revelation that definitely packs a punch. Problem is, it's followed by a near-immediate return to familiar narrative convention, where the noir ante rises exponentially toward a climax that arrives too hastily and ends too neatly.
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Los Angeles Times

The Samaritan doesn't wind up feeling like a con, exactly, but it has just enough promise to leave viewers feeling ripped off when it comes up short.
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The Guardian

By Andrew Pulver
A clotted, knotted, twisty noir that is, unfortunately, short on the required atmosphere.
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Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
The Samaritan treads a fine line between film-noir moodiness and crime-thriller triteness, mostly settling for the latter.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The most charitable approach to this unfortunate diversion in Jackson's career would be to pretend it never happened. Now, who wants to go see "The Avengers" again?
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Time Out New York

By Eric Hynes
No one expects a Samuel L. Jackson thriller to be Shakespeare, but David Weaver's wanna-be '70s-grindhouse cheapie doesn't even achieve serviceability.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
A would-be piece of pulp fiction about a parolee trying to go straight, The Samaritan proves that even Samuel L. Jackson can be boring.
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37 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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