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New Kristen Stewart American Ultra movie got mixed reviews from top critics. Lionsgate released their new action/comedy flick, “American Ultra,” into theaters today , August 21st, 2015, and all the reviews are in from the top movie critics. It turns out that half of them liked it with an overall 50 score out of a possible 100 across 29 reviews at

The movie stars: Connie Britton, Jesse Eisenberg, John Leguizamo, and Kristen Stewart. We’ve added blurbs from a couple of the critics,below.

Peter Hartlaub at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a decent 75 score, saying: “The screenplay is deceptively tight, even as the main characters seem to be buzzing aimlessly through the proceedings. Like the most successful films of the drug-hazed genre, this movie only appears to be going off the rails.”

Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 score too, stating: “Check your brain at the popcorn-butter pump in the lobby and enjoy it.”

Brian Truitt at USA Today, gave it a 63 grade, stating: “A lot Bourne and a little bong, the action comedy…is too earnest to be a stoner movie and too quirky to be an action flick. Therein lies the beauty of director Nima Nourizadeh’s Ultra: It exists to entertain in its own oddball universe, munchies optional.”

Neil Genzlinger at The New York Times, gave it a 60 grade, saying: “If you go, expect a diverting summer action adventure with occasional laughs, not a diverting stoner comedy with occasional action.”

Michael O’Sullivan at the Washington Post, gave it a 50 grade. He said: “American Ultra has a clever premise. But it misses several opportunities to at least comment on, if not skewer, the spy movies that it only halfheartedly pokes fun at. As it is, it’s content to generate a low-grade buzz, rather than deliver a true high.”

Sara Stewart from the New York Post, gave it a 50 score. She said: “What begins as a clever action-comedy a la “Pineapple Express” or Eisenberg’s earlier “Zombieland” devolves into a standard shoot-’em-up, with gore splashed around to distract us from the dearth of wit.”

Peter Travers over at Rolling Stone, gave it a 50 grade. He stated: “Eisenberg and Stewart stay appealing to the last. The movie, not so much.”

Andrew Barker from Variety, gave it a 50 score. He said: “Too often plays like an earnest yet unsatisfying adaptation of a cult graphic novel, with most of the charm lost in translation.”

Todd McCarthy at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 50 grade, saying: “A genre mash that’s mildly amusing until it can’t think of anything else to do besides flop around in the deep end of conspicuous gore.”

Mark Olsen from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 40 score. He said: “The action set-pieces and the comedic character scenes in the film seem to be taking turns and are rarely brought together in a meaningful way.”

Joe Neumaier over at the New York Daily News, gave it a 40 score, saying: “This stoners-meet-government-assassins mashup is as meandering and paranoid as a guy toking up in front of City Hall. Sometimes that’s amusing, but most of the time it’s tiring.”

Alonso Duralde from TheWrap, gave it a 40 score, stating: ” Nourizadeh and Landis are clearly going for a Tarantino level of blood-soaked dark humor, and while their cast is game, the film’s bursts of violence grow tiresome as its plot gets more and more ludicrous and hard to swallow.”

Lastly, Christy Lemire from, gave it a 38 score. He said: “American Ultra tries to combine a sweet, slacker romance with a slick, super-violent action flick. If that sounds jarring to you, that’s probably because it is.” Stay tuned. Follow us on Facebook by Clicking Here. Follow us on Google Plus by Clicking Here. Follow us on Twitter by Clicking Here.

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