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Kick-Ass [2010]

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A high school student and comic book fan (Aaron Johnson) is tired of his unremarkable life and decides to become a real-life superhero, despite the fact that he possesses no extraordinary powers, abilities or training. Inadvertently, he ends up as the target of a crime boss (Mark Strong), but to his assistance come a middle-aged man (Nicolas Cage) and 11-year-old daughter (Chloë Grace Moretz), a duo of costumed vigilantes who actually know how to shoot guns, wield knives and throw punches. Also with Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Garrett M. Brown. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. [1:47 - R]

DUELING CRITICS

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"Kick-Ass lives up to the promise of its title, but it's better than its title, too... one big, shameless, audacious, compulsively watchable, irresistibly likable piece of pure entertainment."

- Mick LaSalle

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"Will I seem hopelessly square if I find Kick-Ass morally reprehensible and will I appear to have missed the point?... This movie regards human beings like video-game targets. Kill one, and you score. They're dead, you win."

- Roger Ebert



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CRITICAL CONSENSUS

Mick LaSalle | San Francisco Chronicle
Chris Hewitt | Empire
Richard Corliss | Time
Joe Leydon | Variety
James Berardinelli | ReelViews
Joe Williams | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Steven Rea | Philadelphia Inquirer
Kyle Smith | New York Post
Marc Mohan | Portland Oregonian
Owen Gleiberman | Entertainment Weekly
Pete Hammond | Boxoffice Magazine
Joshua Rothkopf | Time Out New York
Bill Goodykoontz | Arizona Republic
John Defore | Hollywood Reporter
Vadim Rizov | Salon.com
Kenneth Turan | Los Angeles Times
Peter Travers | Rolling Stone
Rick Groen | The Globe and Mail
Claudia Puig | USA Today
Ann Hornaday | Washington Post
Nick Starkey | Premiere
Rene Rodriguez | Miami Herald
Steve Persall | St. Petersburg Times
Jonathan Joe | Chicago Reader
David Edelstein | New York Magazine
Manohla Dargis | The New York Times
Ty Burr | Boston Globe
Joe Morgenstern | Wall Street Journal
Keith Phipps | Onion AV Club
Dana Stevens | Slate
Anthony Lane | The New Yorker
Roger Moore | Orlando Sentinel
Karina Longworth | Village Voice
Marc Savlov | Austin Chronicle
Michael Phillips | Chicago Tribune
Peter Rainer | Christian Science Monitor
Peter Rainer | Christian Science Monitor
Roger Ebert | Chicago Sun-Times







































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