Despite a complete lack of extraordinary powers, a teenager (Aaron Johnson) reinvents himself as a superhero and, together with a father/daughter team of vigilantes, takes on a mob boss.
" Atmosphere and nostalgia trump all in Pushkin-loving romance. "
" A mosh pit of a comic-book movie that dares you to dive into its anarchy. "
" Everything you've likely heard about Kick-Ass is true, providing you've heard it's profane, outlandish, ultra-violent, shocking, funny and wildly entertaining. "
" Fast, periodically spit-funny and often grotesquely violent, the film at once embraces and satirizes contemporary action-film cliches with Tarantino-esque self-regard -- it's the latest in giggles-and-guts entertainment. "
" It brings together several popular strains of contemporary moviemaking and combines them into one big, shameless, audacious, compulsively watchable, irresistibly likable piece of pure entertainment. "
" It soars, jet-propelled, on its central idea of matching a superhero's exploits with the grinding reality of urban teen life and on the aerodynamic smoothness of the film's style. "
" Kick-Ass is some kind of twisted fun. "
" Kick-Ass stands as an intriguing fantasy of social networking. To achieve superhero status, you simply put up your own Web site, announce it on MySpace and Facebook and you're on your mythic way. "
" Most of the lessons in Kick-Ass are juvenile, but Lordy are they stylishly told. "
" Nicolas Cage is a hoot, a hollar and a fright as Damon Mac ready, a.k.a. Big Daddy. How can he be otherwise? He's a good cop gone mad. "
" Peppering an action flick with comedy is hardly original, but the mocking tone and off-kilter vibe set this film apart. It even has a hearty dose of charm, thanks mostly to the most outrageous performance by a child in recent memory. "
" Prepare for amazement: This thing makes Nicolas Cage cool again. "
" Suggested subtitle: Iron Man, You Just Got Served. "
" The film has the courage of its genre convictions. It doesn't have even a whiff of market testing. It does everything on its own terms, and in this age of McMansion movies, that's a super accomplishment. "
" The film is post-modern surgery into the superhero myth, driving a scalpel into the warped logic of misanthropic killers who masquerade as civic do-gooders. "
" Vaughn cheerfully mines the queasiness of ... contradiction for satire, but the movie takes the reality of its characters seriously. When good guys die, their loss actually stings. "
" [It] thinks it's so brave and bold. But it's more like the title character, a dweeb who just thinks he's tough. "
" I found it mighty painful sitting through all the bone crushing and blood-letting. "
" I know it's all supposed to be tongue in cheek and lots of fun, but frankly this turned my stomach. "
" If you're going to play this game, you have to keep doubling down. Kick-Ass can't. The fights never grow in complexity; halfway through, the director has nothing to add. "
" When filmmakers nudge a child into viewing savagery as slapstick, are we not allowing them to do what we condemn in the pornographer -- that is, to coarsen and inflame? "
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