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About the Movie
Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star in this dynamic thrill ride that mixes explosive action with edgy humor. Mike (Eisenberg) shares a small-town life with his girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart). But Mike's sleepy world goes wild after he discovers that he's actually a CIA sleeper agent with lethal fighting skills—and the target of government hitmen. Mike, the ultimate slacker, transforms into an ultra-attacker as he and Phoebe fight to survive in this exhilarating adventure.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 157
- Fresh: 67
- Rotten: 90
- Average Rating: 5.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: It turns out to be a disappointingly underdeveloped film that its makers, chiefly director Nima Nourizadeh and writer Max Landis, must have thought could coast by on a cool but half-baked idea.
Fresh: Nourizadeh, working with a script by Max Landis, plays Mike's bloody violence like visual guitar riffs, and approaches the martial-arts set pieces with heavily underlined wit.
Rotten: An amusing idea, but the ugly violence and weepy dramatics effectively kill any comedic buzz.
Fresh: You never fully buy "American Ultra" - you're not supposed to - but it's a decent ride with some nice turns.
A definite recommend
I generally try to avoid Kristen Stewart 'cause I think she's a crappy actress. However, I have to say that she and Jesse were awesome in this movie. It was a good mix of comedy, action, and sappiness (a good thing). I'm really surprised that it did so bad at the box office...a $28M budget and only grossed $15.3M. I don't think they marketed it wisely 'cause it was a fun but serious movie.
Anyways, it was one of those movies that I went into with the sole intent of being entertained...goal accomplished. 😁
Funny & entertaining
Laughed through the whole thing.
Could have been better
I was a cool idea, the story. But the way it was written it was not as well thought out as it could have been. In other words it could have been an awesome movie,