After Parker is stiffed by his partners in a bank robbery, he vows revenge and tracks them to their next job, a jewelry heist in Palm Beach. With the help of his lover, Claire, and real estate agent Leslie Mackenzie, Parker stalks his victims and their loot.
Film informationGenre: Action, Crime, Thriller
- Miami Herald - by Connie Ogle
Even the people who griped about Tom Cruise being cast as the towering Jack Reacher will have to admit Statham fits nicely in Parker's shoes. ...read more
- Variety - by Brian Lowry
Crisp and efficient, with the occasional clunky moments, Parker also shows off Jennifer Lopez (literally) to good effect, while mostly squandering the rest of its first-rate cast. ...
- The New York Times - by A.O. Scott
Parker...is not a great movie....But Parker is nonetheless great fun. It is part of a welcome trend, or counter-trend, in action filmmaking, an effort to strip away the apocalyptic bloat and digital fakery that have overtaken the genre and return to its pulpy, nasty, mechanical roots. ...
- ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
The action scenes are crisply directed, brutal, and invigorating. ...read more
- Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
Taylor Hackford directs crisply, unpretentiously. Patti LuPone goes Latina, playing Lopez's soap opera-addicted mom, and Bobby Cannavale is a Palm Beach cop with an eye for Leslie. The action is fast and furious. ...
- Empire - by David Hughes
Fifty years after he first appeared, Donald E. Westlake’s antihero may have found his perfect avatar. Like Parker’s robberies, it isn’t entirely successful, but Statham and Lopez make enticingly mismatched partners in crime. ...read more
- Total Film - by Rob James
He might have lost his edge, but Parker hasn’t mellowed in his old age. A sunny, silly, violent revenger that puts Statham in good company. ...read more
- New Orleans Times-Picayune - by Mike Scott
It's an uneven but fairly enjoyable ride, one that benefits from Statham's cool, capable presence. ...read more
- Los Angeles Times - by Betsy Sharkey
If you're going to saturate a film with so much violence, at least it's nice to see an action hero - or antihero - actually feeling the pain. ...
- Film.com - by Laremy Legel
Sometimes in life, simple pleasures can be rewarding, and that’s certainly the case here. Parker is not a particularly innovative film, but it’s no less effective for the blemish. ...read more
- The A.V. Club - by Josh Modell
Though Parker starts off fairly strong, the action gets more predictable as it meanders toward its conclusion. ...read more
- New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
Parker is watchable chiefly for Statham, who exudes effortless cool and excels in hand-to-hand combat, as well as demonstrating his skill at wielding some very unlikely weapons. ...
- Entertainment Weekly - by Lisa Schwarzbaum
The movie is a morals-free procession of bang bang bang! and blood blood blood!, and men slamming each other with blunt objects and slicing each other with blades. ...read more
- Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
Despite an epic fight or two, Parker robs us of the revenge, the suspense of the hunt, of Parker's methodical way of tracking down those who betrayed him, one by one. ...read more
- Chicago Sun-Times - by Peter Sobczynski
The best things about Parker are the two lead actors. Although working with material that is lackluster even by his standards, Statham manages to demonstrate a commanding screen presence that cannot be dismissed. ...
- Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
The essence of this grindingly violent movie can be summed up by what Parker says of his handgun to a terrified clerk at a check-cashing service: "It's small, but it hurts." ...
- New York Observer - by Rex Reed
For an old-fashioned crime thriller, you need real pros. Mr. Statham is to acting what Taco Bell is to nutrition. ...read more
- Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
This Parker spits in our collective eye. Don't blame us for spitting back. ...read more
- The Playlist - by Drew Taylor
This newest film is an undercooked potboiler, one so tastelessly bland and visually indistinguishable that you wonder if anyone associated with the project realized what makes cheapo crime fiction so fun to consume. ...read more
- Austin Chronicle - by Kimberley Jones
I have never doodled during a movie before in my life, but holy hell, Parker's two-hour running time takes a lifetime. Plenty of time for mental doodling, too. ...read more