John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Critics Consensus

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum reloads for another hard-hitting round of the brilliantly choreographed, over-the-top action that fans of the franchise demand.

90%

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In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick (Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin's guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world's most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

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  • Reeves and Dacascos's brutal, climactic sparring session definitely leaves us wanting more, not to mention wondering about a potential Oscars sound editing category for shattering glass.

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Tom Russo

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Choreography is all that's on offer here. The increasingly convoluted fight scenes turn into lifeless spectacle in this ugly franchise.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Superior exercises in action-movie formalism, the John Wick movies evoke everything from Fritz Lang's silent thrillers to Gene Kelly's musicals...

    May 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's rather like when Bond films went from Sean Connery to Roger Moore. Plenty of people will find this copacetic. A few will grouse about what's been lost: a touch of the real amid the merely fantastic.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • [I]t's a fun, entertaining romp that knows it's ridiculous from the moment that Wick takes out a towering 7-footer (the Philadelphia 76ers' Boban Marjanović) by beating him to death in a library with a book.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • While "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" is an easy movie to recommend, it must be added that it's a hard movie to love.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

  • 5d ago
    The idea of assassins is adeptness at murder, i.e., "I just don't kill people, but I'm good at killing people. I get paid to do it in fact" The idea behind the Wick series (from my point of view) is a simple one-up of that initial proposition, like a super-assassin, i.e., "I just don't kill people, I kill assassins, the people trained to be the best at killing." And so we get unending scene after unending scene of these intricate ballets of carnage. Keanu's internet popularity surge of late doesn't hurt, but neither does it hide that there is precious little story here, leaving mostly implausibility. One villain gets killed over and over only to rise up yet again, finally to (spoiler alert!) tell Wick "I'm gonna get you sucka!" Juvenile.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2019
    John Wick's bloody rampage continues in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. After being declared excommunicado and having a bounty placed on his head John Wick books passage out of the county and uses a marker to call in a favor to help him get a meeting with the man above the table; meanwhile an adjudicator is sent to New York to administer penalties on Winston and the Bowery King for aiding John Wick. The fight scenes are incredibly exciting and action-packed, and are staged in really creative ways. The plot however, is rather lackluster and kind of pointless. There are some interesting additions to the mythos of this assassin world, but nothing that significant; in fact the world feels completely different than the one set up in the first film. Yet despite all its problems, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is an entertaining and fun action film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2019
    Strong contender for best John Wick movie to date. And that ain't faint praise. I've been strong invested in the franchise ever since it was first announced John Wick would be a playable character in Payday 2. Then when I actually watched that first movie? Forget about it. I fuckin' love this guy. And now, here we are with a trilogy cappin' Parabellum. Strength to strength to goddamn strength.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2019
    May be a slight step from the previous entries to the Wick universe, but undeniably fun. Keep em coming.
    Spencer M Super Reviewer

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