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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Reviews

May 24, 2019
Reeves and Dacascos's brutal, climactic sparring session definitely leaves us wanting more, not to mention wondering about a potential Oscars sound editing category for shattering glass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2019
Choreography is all that's on offer here. The increasingly convoluted fight scenes turn into lifeless spectacle in this ugly franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 17, 2019
Superior exercises in action-movie formalism, the John Wick movies evoke everything from Fritz Lang's silent thrillers to Gene Kelly's musicals...
May 17, 2019
It's rather like when Bond films went from Sean Connery to Roger Moore. Plenty of people will find this copacetic. A few will grouse about what's been lost: a touch of the real amid the merely fantastic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 17, 2019
[I]t's a fun, entertaining romp that knows it's ridiculous from the moment that Wick takes out a towering 7-footer (the Philadelphia 76ers' Boban Marjanović) by beating him to death in a library with a book.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 17, 2019
While "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" is an easy movie to recommend, it must be added that it's a hard movie to love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
May 16, 2019
The best way to watch isn't with oohs and aahhs. It's with laughter, savoring the beauty and the absurdity of each elaborate spectacle. Each movement is a joke, and death is the ultimate punchline.
May 16, 2019
At times, the action is so relentless it risks becoming monotonous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
May 16, 2019
The set pieces are more imaginative and daring than ever. There's a musicality and wit to the action that only the Mission: Impossible series can equal.
May 16, 2019
Is there is anything of substance to hang on to amid these endless reflections? What is undeniable, certainly, is Reeves' dedication to his role, which suggests the enthusiasm of a puppy wanting to please.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 16, 2019
Mixed feelings about the violence are inescapable... Still, there's nothing iffy about the best action stuff in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, although the film runs out of fresh ideas toward the end.
May 16, 2019
Check your grounded Harrison Ford-era action ideals at the door: this is the biggest and most bonkers John Wick yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 16, 2019
[It] certainly follows that script -- or rather, lack of one -- delivering adrenaline-fueled thrills, before fatigue creeps into the unrelenting mayhem about halfway through.
May 16, 2019
The violence has been supercharged, and so has the virtuosity. At a certain point, though, the carnage becomes deadening, its consequences no more than soulless tableaus of damage that encourage disengagement.
May 16, 2019
No-name assassins are still stupid enough to think they can kill Wick, and Wick is still happy to prove them wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2019
I'd love to say that fans of the first two movies will love this one, but I fall into that group and I was a little disappointed by this outing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 16, 2019
This one's the best of the three so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2019
An astonishing spectacle of action and staging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 16, 2019
As per the two previous films, Stahelski cranks up the body count with a string of fight sequences so balletic you might forget you're watching violence - until Reeves sinks a knife into a man's eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 16, 2019
"John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" is by far the most entertaining of the series, a film that noisily fits the definition of a summer popcorn movie and makes no pretense of having any higher goals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 15, 2019
It's all pretty silly, but the way "Parabellum" keeps topping itself and then topping the toppings makes the picture eminently watchable. It's a guilty summertime-movie pleasure for sure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2019
"John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" is neither subtle nor thoughtful. It is, arguably, a nasty piece of work. But, like its hero, it knows what it does best, and it does it - however paradoxical this may sound - beautifully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2019
"Parabellum" bursts with the series' usual sleek and squishy top-notch action, and the healthy dose of the winking humor that breaks Wick and his cronies out of the bounds of the genre.
May 15, 2019
The plot of "John Wick 3" won't surprise you, but the movie will.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2019
You can wait around and hope for a bigger, badder burst of action fireworks than John Wick 3, but you'd be kidding yourself. The wow factor is off the charts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 15, 2019
The film is truly terrible unless you think its maxed-up minimalism is truly, weirdly, metaphysically avant-garde.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 15, 2019
The series remains the most reliable purveyor of high-stakes, onscreen combat around, a franchise that hasn't yet been tarnished by its ongoing success.
May 15, 2019
Reeves retains his crown as the king of ultraviolent action with this solid threequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 14, 2019
Does "John Wick: Chapter Three - Parabellum" break the formula? It most certainly does not. Director Chad Stahelski wouldn't dare. But you almost wish he would.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
May 14, 2019
Giddy, exhausting, and breathtakingly violent.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 14, 2019
"The Matrix" is in its DNA, and like "The Matrix," "John Wick" elevates action not by apologizing for it but embodying it, and embedding in its thrills meditations on the nature of existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 14, 2019
The movie should by rights be a "Wow!" But it feels bloated, self-conscious, and pretentious, with long waits between its few dazzling fights.
May 14, 2019
A work of pop cinema so blissfully, albeit brutally, entertaining that you come out of it feeling even more resentful of its multiplex neighbors for not making a similar effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 14, 2019
It's like combining the anything-can-happen excitement of playing a slot machine, with the grace of a ballet, and the prolonged and escalating violence of a good gladiator battle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2019
Director Chad Stahelski is a fight-scene Fosse and Reeves is his Gwen Verdon: Parabellum takes the hall-of-mirrors high style of the second film and pushes it into overdrive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 10, 2019
It's a hard-R live action cartoon, and it is superb, wall-to-wall action entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 10, 2019
But its artistic ambitions-some might even call them pretensions-and expanded cast of offbeat characters would all be for naught if the movie weren't also chock full of ecstatic set pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 10, 2019
With a seamless mix of CGI and stunt work, Stahelski fluidly choreographs ballets of bullets and endless violent encounters across a grim cityscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 10, 2019
I don't mean to give the impression that John Wick 3 is anything grander than a gorgeously choreographed, gratuitously violent action movie. But as gorgeously choreographed, gratuitously violent action movies go, it's high art.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 10, 2019
As relentless action sequels go, Parabellum stands comparison with The Raid 2, delivering a meaty set piece every reel or so, and not holding back with the flailing, mechanised slaughter.
May 10, 2019
It's almost a karmic answer to everything else in the action-movie genre, where there's usually a distinct lack of responsibility in the wanton violence: In the "Wick"-verse, a bloody action usually leads to much more trouble later.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 10, 2019
An epic of choreographed mayhem that expands the Wickiverse in mostly pleasing ways, it is destined to satisfy fans of this surprise-hit franchise: If its ludicrous aspects bug you, what the hell are you doing here?
May 10, 2019
As it stretches beyond the two-hour mark the film becomes, to use a loaded term, desensitizing.
May 10, 2019
The set-up for a "Chapter 4" is a sign that the creators have an extended stay on their minds, even though they might want to check out while this uniquely enjoyable violent fantasy still feels like an action holiday.