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Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.

Actors: Christopher Mintz-Plasse , Chloë Grace Moretz , Aaron Taylor-Johnson , Evan Peters , Garrett M. Brown , Clark Duke , Xander Berkeley , Omari Hardwick , Mark Strong , Nicolas Cage , Deborah Twiss
Directors: Matthew Vaughn
Country: UK , USA
Release: 2010-04-16
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  • Mick LaSalle

    It brings together several popular strains of contemporary moviemaking and combines them into one big, shameless, audacious, compulsively watchable, irresistibly likable piece of pure entertainment.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Chris Hewitt (1)

    A ridiculously entertaining, perfectly paced, ultra-violent cinematic rush that kicks the places other movies struggle to reach.

    Empire Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Kick-Ass moves with such bloody assurance that you'd be forgiven for not seeing how smart it is. But smart it is. Smart, important and deadly.

    Time Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    Equal parts audacious dark comedy, wish-fulfillment fantasy and over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek action-adventure.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    A brutally funny deconstruction, a hybrid of “Watchmen” and “Superbad” filtered through John Woo. It’s a boisterously original piece of entertainment . . . that isn’t for everyone. Note the rating, which should be triple-R, as in Really, Remarkably R.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Kick-Ass has punk energy, ace action moves, and a winning sense of absurdist fun.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The best superhero movie since "The Dark Knight" (and far less serious in tone or approach), Kick-Ass earns its name in every way.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Maybe I enjoyed the similarly themed Kick-Ass because it took me back to that innocent time. Or maybe it's because this is the most brazenly funny bloodbath unleashed on the public since "Pulp Fiction."

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    An enjoyably supercharged and ultraviolent teen-rebel comic-book fantasy that might be described -- in spirit, at least -- as reality-based.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Director Matthew Vaughn has provided an imperfect but still wickedly hilarious take on Mark Millar's deconstruction of superhero mythos.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • John Defore

    Its balancing act between innocence and gore perfectly matches the expectations of genre fans, who should embrace the movie.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's also perfectly content to be an insanely violent, funny take on an established genre. And in that respect, Kick-Ass lives up to its name.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    For those of us who find somber superhero movies faintly ridiculous, Kick-Ass is a one-film justice league.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    A clever movie premise based on an obscure comic book has been turned into, okay we’ll say it, a fanboy’s kick-ass wet dream of a movie that could be a surprise Spring smash.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Vadim Rizov

    With Kick-Ass, there are more cheap thrills, gory explosions and superheroes than a movie geek's YouTube mash-up. Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    This shrewd mixture of slick comic-book mayhem, unmistakable sweetness and ear-splitting profanity is poised to be a popular culture phenomenon because of its exact sense of the fantasies of the young male fanboy population.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The movie belongs to Moretz, whose sensational performance will be talked about for years. Her scenes with Cage, who wears a Batsuit and uses a voice borrowed from Adam West, are a hoot.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Kick-Ass reminds you of the great pleasures and thrills of superhero comics -- then turns everything you ever learned from comic books upside down.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    It's irreverently entertaining.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Kick-Ass should delight fans of the original comics and garden-variety action junkies as well. Suggested subtitle: "Iron Man, You Just Got Served."

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Nick Starkey

    Irresponsible, morally murky, and batshit insane--in other words, Kick-Ass might be the most fun two hours you’ll spend in a movie theater. It delivers the darkly comic laughs (the movie is clearly not taking itself too seriously, so you should do likewise) as well as the jaw-dropping action, but Kick-Ass’s real accomplishment is bringing back the winkingly crazy Nic Cage we used to know and love.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Kick-Ass is some kind of twisted fun.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Kick-Ass is a rabid puppy of a movie, energetically bounding off the screen and into your lap, where it proceeds to chew off your face.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Kick-Ass is a compendium of all sleazy things, and it sings like a siren to our inner Tarantinos.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Ms. Moretz is by far the best thing about the film: she holds the screen as gracefully as she executes a running back flip.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Joe

    A particularly timely story about civic-mindedness and the pursuit of fame. Along with a lot of potty-mouthed ass-kicking action.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Fusing teen comedy, bad-boy raunch, Tarantino-style gonzo mayhem, and tossing in a bloodthirsty little girl vigilante who swears like Steve Buscemi in a Coen brothers movie, the film has its moments of high-flying, low-down style. It’s also nowhere near as subversive as it thinks it is.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Grungily stylish and often funny, at least for a while, though all of the caveats and contradictions that apply to Tarantino films apply here: One man's--or boy's--stylization is another's profane, unrelenting and tedious brutality.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Vaughn opts for comic-book bigness—big fights, big laugh lines, big explosions—but without a Spider-Man or Batman at the front of the action, Kick-Ass’s heroes and villains look smaller-than-life in a larger-than-life world.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    An awkward blend of ultra-realistic violence, boundaries-bending satire and low comedy.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Vaughn did a cracking good caper film with a pre-007 Daniel Craig called "Layer Cake" six years ago, but Kick-Ass has little of that film's heady panache and instead batters you about the face and neck with wildly over-the-top fountains of gore, bone-cracking slow-motion, and, yes, Cage, who dials his acting down a few notches from the kicky Herzogian mindf---ery of "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans."

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Karina Longworth

    Never as shocking as it thinks it is, as funny as it should be, or as engaged in cultural critique as it could be, Kick-Ass is half-assed.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Since Kick-Ass' whole premise is that comic-book violence, when enacted in real life, has real consequences, it seems a strange choice to layer Tarantino-style splatter onto the Y.A.-novel setting and play the whole thing for laughs.

    Slate Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The standard defense of such material is that we are watching “cartoon violence,” but, 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?

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It may well be a hit, but me, I'm waiting for "Iron Man 2."

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Critics who come out against Kick-Ass are leaving themselves open to that worst of contemporary accusations: a failure to be cool. But pretending that Kick-Ass is just another good-time comic book blowout is the greater failure.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Will I seem hopelessly square if I find Kick-Ass morally reprehensible and will I appear to have missed the point? Let’s say you’re a big fan of the original comic book, and you think the move does it justice. You know what? You inhabit a world I am so very not interested in.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Kick-Ass - based on a graphic novel - thinks it's so brave and bold. But it's more like the title character, a dweeb who just thinks he's tough.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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