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The Samaritan

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After many years in prison, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson) is finished with the grifter's life, but the son (Luke Kirby) of his former partner has an ingenious plan worth $8 million and he wants Foley in.
90 min
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Slant Magazine
It packs its narrative with a succession of increasingly clichéd twists, one of which involves the sudden recognition that its main character, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson), is romantically involved with his own daughter.
May 19, 2012
New York Times
[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.
May 18, 2012
New York Daily News
Way too much psychosexual melodrama, portrayed in performances that range from utterly bored (Jackson) to embarrassingly broad (Kirby).
May 17, 2012
Paste Magazine
Director David Weaver and co-writer Elan Mastai's neo-noir script is just a shadow of the genre.
May 22, 2012
What could have been an intriguing character study about redemption turns into an absurd series of eye-rolling plot twists that makes it impossible to take this mess seriously.
May 28, 2012
Reason Online
Even the spirited Ruth Negga can't lift this by-the-numbers neo-noir out of its dull parboiled rut.
May 18, 2012
Film School Rejects
The experience of watching Samuel L. Jackson actually act is the only real pleasure to be gleaned from the movie.
May 18, 2012
Los Angeles Times
The haphazard feeling of the narrative deflates any real tension.
May 17, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
It's not honest with its people, or its plot. And the only ones it really cheats are audience members.
May 18, 2012
Globe and Mail
A scripted cliché: the ex-con who wants to go straight until the plot kicks in.
May 18, 2012
New York Post
"The Samaritan" proves that even Samuel L. Jackson can be boring.
May 18, 2012