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Kick-Ass (2010)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 245
Fresh: 187
Rotten: 58

Critics Consensus: Not for the faint of heart, Kick-Ass takes the comic adaptation genre to new levels of visual style, bloody violence, and gleeful profanity.

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 30
Rotten: 15

Critics Consensus: Not for the faint of heart, Kick-Ass takes the comic adaptation genre to new levels of visual style, bloody violence, and gleeful profanity.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 281,386

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Movie Info

Adapted from Mark Millar's hyper-violent comic book of the same name, director Matthew Vaughn's (Layer Cake) vigilante superhero film tells the tale of an average New York teenager who decides to don a costume and fight crime. Comic book geek Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) may not have good coordination or special powers, but that doesn't mean he isn't a fully capable crime fighter. After purchasing a flashy wet suit on the Internet, Dave starts busting up baddies with nothing but brute force. He … More

Rating:
R (for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use -- some involving children)
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Jane Goldman
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 3, 2010
Box Office:
$20.0M
Runtime:
Lionsgate - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Kick-Ass

All Critics (245) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (187) | Rotten (58) | DVD (15)

Most of the lessons in Kick-Ass are juvenile, but Lordy are they stylishly told.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

I found it mighty painful sitting through all the bone crushing and blood-letting.

Full Review… | April 23, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

I know it's all supposed to be tongue in cheek and lots of fun, but frankly this turned my stomach.

Full Review… | April 19, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

When filmmakers nudge a child into viewing savagery as slapstick, are we not allowing them to do what we condemn in the pornographer -- that is, to coarsen and inflame?

Full Review… | April 19, 2010
New Yorker
Top Critic

Kick-Ass is some kind of twisted fun.

Full Review… | April 16, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Everything you've likely heard about Kick-Ass is true, providing you've heard it's profane, outlandish, ultra-violent, shocking, funny and wildly entertaining.

Full Review… | April 16, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

A tremendously fresh experience.

Full Review… | August 14, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

It could be argued that you can't have your cape and eat it, but for the most part Kick-Ass is witty, knowing and hugely fun.

Full Review… | August 8, 2013
Flix Capacitor

With its electrifying action sequences, a killer storyline and a maverick comic sensibility, the brilliance of Kick Ass will hit those who want to see it like a thunderbolt.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Herald Sun (Australia)

If you're not too put-off by lots of violence and profanity, and enjoy a good action-filled popcorn flick, then chances are you're going to love "Kick-Ass."

Full Review… | October 1, 2012
Examiner.com

If you want to get serious, you could say that Kick-Ass is the movie that could finally drag comic-books into the credible mainstream. But being serious is to miss the point of Kick-Ass completely.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
TheShiznit.co.uk

Where do I stand on Kick-Ass? On the fence, goggling with a mix of appalled fascination and guilty pleasure at the film's dark comedy and over-the-top violence.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Movie Talk

Kick-Ass gains significant momentum in its second half, once it abandons the arch origin-story material and starts staking a claim as a straight-up action flick.

Full Review… | July 9, 2012
Time Out Chicago

Fast, funny, and a hell of a lot of fun, Vaughn's film does, indeed, live up to the brash punch of its title.

Full Review… | June 2, 2012
TheMovieReport.com

... It feels fresh, with an edge about it that allows you to think anything can happen to any character at any time.

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Both its plot and inconsistent message seem little more than an excuse to show us a man explode inside an industrial-strength microwave.

Full Review… | October 25, 2011
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Defiantly irreverent and gleefully violent.

Full Review… | April 5, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

The movie just decided that thoughtlessness and splatter was its own reward. I'm okay with that.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Movies.com

Never has a title been so true, so funny, and so simple as that of Kick-Ass.

Full Review… | February 3, 2011
What Culture

Kick-Ass is so refreshingly iconoclastic, it's a wonder it was made at all.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011

Kick-Ass is such an exciting, refreshing development in comic book filmmaking that I want to shout it from the rooftops

Full Review… | January 10, 2011
Bangitout.com

Kick Ass is about as exciting as movies get. Not just because it is a (mostly) anarchic splatter-fest that celebrates (nay, encourages) acts of ridiculous violence, but also the fact that it was made completely outside of the studio system.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
Quickflix

A bait-and-switch movie that lucks out because its switch is so much more appealing than its bait.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
Window to the Movies

Your appreciation will depend in how much you can appreciate it's utter wrongness as a twisted virtue.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010
Seanax.com

America could probably use a good laugh just about now, what with all the problems plaguing this society. But the exploitation of children even if they are actors and the special effects are occasionally awesome, is way beyond just not cool.

Full Review… | July 25, 2010
NewsBlaze

Audience Reviews for Kick-Ass

½

Full of action, humor, spunk, I laughed i cried, i was like holy shit. This was full bore action with dark humor. Chloe Moretz is just awesome as Hit Girl. I mean just brilliant.

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jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

The world of the visually violent comicbook movie probably first kicked off with 'Blade' way back in 1998 (honourable mention to the 1989 Punisher), although this film wasn't really ultra violent and filled with profanity. After that along came 'Watchmen' which offered a very realistic take on the superhero genre and was pretty gritty. Since then there hasn't really been that much until this graphic novel adaptation popped up with huge amounts of real violence and bucket loads of naughty words. It was like 'Robocop' for the comicbook genre.

The actual plot isn't any different from your average superhero flick. Its basically an origins tale showing how a young 'Peter Parker-like' teen gets to grips with his life and sets out to become a superhero after making his own suit. There is no emotional death of guardians to push our hero along here admittedly, this guy just wants to fight crime but ends up getting in way too deep.

The angle for this creation is the fact its set within the real world where people do get hurt and superheroes don't actually have super powers. Its a concept that may feel totally milked these days but back in 2010 it wasn't...that much. The character of 'Kick-Ass' is just a young male teen in a scuba suit with modifications and a couple batons, when he starts out he gets stabbed and beaten almost getting himself killed. The characters he meets up with later in the form of 'Big Daddy' and 'Hit-Girl' are also merely regular people but with good fighting and weapon skills. The bad guys they fight are normal everyday thugs, pimps, drug dealers, robbers and mobsters, its simply the real world.

This is why the film is such a breathe of fresh air (for the time) and so intense. When we see fights going down we know its all for real and the heroes can't rely on any super powers or super weapons, anything could happen technically. Sequences such as...Hit-Girl kills a whole bunch of black drug dealer dudes with many amputations, Kick-Asses initial bloody brawls, when Big Daddy and Kick-Ass get captured and are beaten with bats and of course the excellent adrenaline rush when Big Daddy takes down mob boss 'Frank D'Amico's' warehouse of goons, are all brilliantly directed and visually slick but red raw with bone cracking realism.

There are of course your typical superhero-esque visuals at times, some over the top martial arts and the odd moment that will challenge your suspension of disbelief. I guess that is bound to happen in most flicks of this nature just to add that tiny bit of fun fantasy, but in general this film is down to earth, seedy and gritty as hell. Despite the fact most of the characters are just kids, the film certainly isn't for kids with limbs and bullets flying, blood spurting everywhere, Hit-Girl swearing like there is no tomorrow and some nut crunching beat downs. The scene where Big Daddy is killed is especially dark and quite harrowing really, its shocking at first.

Most of the characters aren't anything too special really. The stand outs obviously being Johnson as Kick-Ass who crosses between the obligatory comicbook character geek and a reasonably tough superhero (at times) really well. Moretz grabs your attention merely down to her age truth be told where as her character feels more like a lethal Christmas elf. But its clearly Cage as Big Daddy who wins the day for me, that brilliant Adam West sounding voice and 'Batman-esque' outfit, quite amusing. I would like to see a film centred around his character.

I must also quickly mention that this entire idea may well have been pinched from the 1999 goofy superhero comedy spoof 'Mystery Men'. That film is all about a team of superhero wannabes that don't actually have any super powers but must somehow defeat a supervillain who also has no real super powers. The film is set within a realistic universe that visually copies and slightly mocks Gotham City but no one in that world actually has any super powers. So 'Kick-Ass' follows suit but goes down the violent route with dark comedy.

Its a controversial movie for sure, what with the very young Moretz playing the loose lipped Hit-Girl and dressing in that slightly disturbing school girl outfit near the end. Oh and the fact she goes around slicing and dicing bad guys willy-nilly accompanied by a weird light-hearted music track at one point. Add to that a film that portrays all these youngsters getting involved in such brutal violence yet the film almost makes it look like fun n games in silly outfits. It did raise eyebrows when it came out and honesty I can see why, but personally I think these are the things that make the film stand out giving it some epic originality.

I loved how they stuck to the source material (relatively), I loved seeing Kick-Ass starting out and getting his head kicked in, seeing him slowly get somewhere even though he isn't actually any good then being stupid enough to create his own Myspace. The film really does the origins thing well and makes you invested in the hero, you find yourself really wanting him to succeed and at the same time seeing how risky this field of work would be in reality (in case you ever thought about being a hero). The only thing that let it down for me was the very ending where things got a bit too superhero-ish and comicbook-like losing the dark realism. Easily one of the best graphic novel/comicbook adaptations and it wasn't watered down, they kept it as it should be.

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phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

A ton of non-ironic overacting, stilted dialogue ("deprecating a bunch of guys" ?), and weirdo genre shifts (copying a dumb studio superhero film cliche isn't a joke in itself if the film doesn't say anything about said trope-- that just gives your film a legitimately hollow and dumb cliche) can't sway me from not being head-over heels about this movie: the anarchy is just so tasty.

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Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

½

Amazing on many levels! Lives up the title and goes beyond! A visual treat combined with comic-like violence and a hint of every superhero story that is out there in the world today. The stabs at cliches in this film are far beyond brilliant, but after a while that is all this film does until the end, which is great, but it keeps it from having that "loving" type of feel. This movie is Hilarious, Gory, Dramatic, and Action Packed, what more could you want? This is one of the best films of 2011 for entertainment reasons, and I can watch it over and over again. Aaron Johnson kills it in the main role and the supporting cast all have their share of big moments as well. This is a great Superhero film, but that title is definitely up for debate. I love "Kick-Ass" for everything that it is, and everything that it is not.

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KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Kick-Ass Quotes


Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass:
Die Mother fuckers!
– Submitted by Josť Pablo G (9 months ago)
Mindy Macready/Hit Girl:
Show's over, motherfuckers.
– Submitted by Jose G (12 months ago)
Damon Macready/Big Daddy:
Now you know how it feels. You won't be scared when some junkie asshole pulls a glock.
– Submitted by joseph j (14 months ago)
Damon Macready/Big Daddy:
Take cover child.
– Submitted by joseph j (14 months ago)
Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass:
[narriting] If you think I would have to servive cause I'm talking to you now... Stop being such a smart ass.
– Submitted by Connor N (22 months ago)
Chris D'Amico/Red Mist:
A world full of superheroes, eh?
Chris D'Amico/Red Mist:
As a great man once said... wait 'til they get a load of me.
– Submitted by Jacob S (23 months ago)

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