The Samaritan Synopsis
The son of his former partner hampers an ex-con's (Samuel L. Jackson) efforts to leave crime behind.
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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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70

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...
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55

Movieline

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...
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50

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...
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50

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...
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40

The Guardian

By Andrew Pulver
A clotted, knotted, twisty noir that is, unfortunately, short on the required atmosphere.
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25

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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20

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...
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20

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...
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12

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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Play It Again Sam, Eh?

By CharlesHaas
"Oh, Canada! Most statesiders consider their northern neighbor less of a land of milk and maple-honey, and more as bland geographic version of the American invention of wonder bread. The appeal seems...

By bloggochicago
Thankfully we watched this OnDemand instead of at the theater. As the movie plodded along, we kept groaning at the predictable dialogue. Finally, we had to shut it down. Couldn't even finish it. Big...

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Rated NR | For Language, Drug Use, Some Sexuality and Strong Violence