Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Samaritan

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 22% (Critics) / 42% (Audience)
Directed By: David Weaver
Written By: David Weaver and Elan Mastai
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Kirby, Ruth Negga
Studio: IFC Films

Synopsis: After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter’s life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion. (Source)

The Good:
Samuel L. Jackson is incapable of being bad in a movie no matter how bad the actual movie is and this movie is no exception to the rule. Jackson seems to want to be in a less grimly depressing film but still does some heavy lifting with the dreadful material he is given.

The Bad:
Everything besides Samuel L. Jackson is just awful even the wonderful British actress Ruth Negga who was woefully miscast as a junkie with a heart of gold who enters into a disturbingly chemistry free relationship with Jackson’s character.
This movie also is bogged down by unnecessary plot twists that are supposed to be shocking but instead just make an already bad movie even worse.

The Ugly
I really hope that Deborah Kara Unger starred in this film as a favor to someone because I would hate to think that the small, thankless role she had in this movie is all she is getting offered nowadays.

Final Verdict: Samuel L. Jackson continues to try and take Michael Caine’s “I’ll Make Any Shitty Movie As Long As You Pay Me” title with yet another little seen, woefully bad movie. He gives a yeoman’s effort like always but it doesn’t elevate this dreary mess of a movie that far from the bottom of the heap.

Grade: D-

5 thoughts on “Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Samaritan

  1. Jackson, Caine and Walken are part of an elite group of actors who will take any movie you give them, Walken has even said he’s done movies that didn’t even make it to DVD even.


    1. One of my favorite Caine interviews was for Jaws The Revenge where he basically said he did the movie for the obscene paycheck and the all expenses vacation to the Bahamas where the movie was filmed.


  2. Still, as you said already about Jackson, all three men rise above whatever crap the rest of the movie is slinging at us.


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