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The Samaritan

HD   R Closed Captioning

David Weaver

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About the Movie

After twenty-five years in prison, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson) is finished with the grifter’s life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris (Ruth Negga), the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion: Ethan (Luke Kirby), the son of his former partner, has an ingenious plan and he wants Foley in. The harder Foley tries to escape his past, the tighter he is ensnared in Ethan’s web of secrets, until it becomes all too clear to Foley that some wrongs can never be made right.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 33
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 25
  • Average Rating: 4.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: [Jackson's] doleful revenant is in almost every scene, and this hardworking actor seems to know that the film around him should be a light-footed caper instead of a grim noir with a side order of deviance. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, May 18, 2012

Rotten: If anything, this Canadian production misses a great opportunity to dig into its setting and examine the dark side of seemingly pristine Toronto, even as the script by Elan Mastai and director David Weaver labors over a mostly boilerplate storyline. – Robert Koehler, Variety, May 11, 2012

Rotten: The haphazard feeling of the narrative deflates any real tension. – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, May 17, 2012

Rotten: Weaver's story slowly begins to buckle under the weight of its own self-seriousness and familiarity, concluding with a showdown and resolution marked by one implausible and unsatisfying been-here-done-that twist after another. – Nick Schager, Village Voice, May 15, 2012

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Customer Reviews


The twist in the middle was pretty good.

This movie was great!

I have no idea why Rotten Tomatoes gives it so low of a score. I really thought the movie was well done and the story is really fun!

B Actor

the acting didn't do justice to the story. Not that the story was that THRILLING

The Samaritan
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2012

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