Ava

critic Reviews

, 16% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Ava seems to have all the components of an entertaining spy thriller, but not even this spectacular cast is enough to salvage the dull, clichéd story they're given to work with.
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    tt stern-enziWXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
    I want to see more, but it should be more action-oriented...when it focuses on the drama, all of a sudden these characters aren't as impressive as they could be.
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    Katie RifeAV Club
    Ava is a napping-on-the-couch movie through and through, with recognizable names and a sexy premise but no distinct personality.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Matt Zoller SeitzRogerEbert.com
    If the action and espionage elements were executed at the same level as the dramatic and comedic exchanges and the observations about the types of people drawn to this life, Ava might've been a cult classic.
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    Bilge EbiriNew York Magazine/Vulture
    One of our most expressive actresses joining two of our most insistent hams in an action movie? How do you screw something like that up? Well, maybe by just stopping at the concept and calling it a day.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    As the plot grows increasingly convoluted and borderline laughable, Chastain is steady as she goes, playing a character who's worthy of a film franchise in a movie nowhere near deserving a sequel.
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    Alonso DuraldeTheWrap
    Lacks the alchemy to put Jessica Chastain in a soul-baring Narcotics Anonymous meeting alongside Jessica Chastain shooting up a bunch of German soldiers while wearing a long red evening gown.
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    Daniel BarnesDare Daniel
    The film is vacuous and unoriginal without any real style or point-of-view, while a strong ensemble cast makes no effort.
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    Prathyush ParasuramanFilm Companion
    Even while the film never tanks, it also never soars beyond that initial promise of adrenaline.
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    Chelsea SteinerThe Mary Sue
    Ava never picks a lane: it's humorless, dry, and uninspired to the point that it feels like someone tried to shoehorn La Femme Nikita into a Lifetime movie.
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    Dan JacksonThrillist
    There's too much going on, almost like the movie thinks an abundance of psychobabble can paper over a lack of character development, and most of it is uninteresting.
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