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Ninja Assassin Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Killing. More killing. Also some killing. Read full review


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Ninjas go Hollywood Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Numbingly gory when it isn’t just plain numbing.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Ninja isn't a great movie, but if you're in the right frame of mind, it is a bloody good time.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Extremely bloody, but it will entertain mature action fans.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ninja Assassin is a fast-paced action movie with tons of extreme martial arts violence and gallons of blood, though its cartoonish tone may be more likely to inspire laughter than shock among teens. The story is about a man who takes on many enemies in the name of the common good -- but he does so violently and is motivated by revenge, which sends some mixed messages. Still, the movie is somewhat smarter and better told than others in this genre, and there's a female supporting character who's much braver and stronger than women typically are in these movies. Don't expect Shakespeare quality, but older teens are likely to have a good time.

  • Families can talk about their reaction to the movie's bloody, violent scenes. Were you shocked? Did you laugh? Why do you think you reacted this way?
  • What is Raizo's motivation? Is it personal revenge, or is it more for the common good? Were his tactics appropriate?
  • Do you think the character of Mika is strong and brave? Is she a good female role model, or is she more of a stereoytpe?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: The movie more or less speaks out against conformity and encourages individual thought, as the main character leaves the only home he ever knew in an effort do to the right thing. He also risks his life to bring down an organization with evil intentions. But the fact that he meets violence with violence is a much iffier message. And there's a bit of confusion surrounding the organization -- although there are nine clans, Raizo is only concerned with taking down one of them.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Main character Raizo is a formidable martial artist, and he's diligent about keeping himself in top form -- which may inspire younger viewers to do the same. But his actions in the film include violence and revenge, even if his end goal is the common good. Secondary character Mika comes out a little better. She constantly demonstrates bravery and always tries to do the right thing, even in the face of terrible danger.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Wall-to-wall extreme martial arts violence, with gallons and gallons of blood spewing, splatting, splashing, spraying, and gurgling everywhere. But it's all comic book-style fantasy battle violence. Several characters lose limbs or heads, some of which go flying a good distance from their original locations. A female ninja-in-training gets her face sliced. A man's head is repeatedly battered into the urinals in a public restroom. A throwing star is extracted from a gaping stomach wound. Most disturbingly, a ninja master whips the feet of a young boy, a ninja-in-training, creating painful-looking gashes on the boy's soles.

  • sex false1

    Sex: A teen couple -- both ninjas in training -- shares a tender kiss. In another scene, they rest their heads on each other's chests, listening to each other's heartbeats (while clothed and in the open).

  • language false3

    Language: Significant stretches of the movie are profanity-free, but "f--k" is used several times overall. Other words include "s--t," "dumbass," "damn," "Oh God" (used as an exclamation), and "scheisse" (the German word for "s--t").

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: In one scene characters drink Pepsi and prominently display Pepsi bottles, but the name is never mentioned aloud.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue