The Accountant

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The Accountant writes off a committed performance from Ben Affleck, leaving viewers with a scattershot action thriller beset by an array of ill-advised deductions.

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Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

Cast

Ben Affleck
as Christian Wolff
Anna Kendrick
as Dana Cummings
J.K. Simmons
as Ray King
Jeffrey Tambor
as Francis Silverberg
Cynthia Addai-Robinson
as Marybeth Medina
John Lithgow
as Lamar Blackburn
Jean Smart
as Rita Blackburn
Andy Umberger
as Ed Chilton
Jason A. Davis
as Neurologist
Robert C. Treveiler
as Young Chris' Father
Mary Kraft
as Young Chris' Mother
Seth Lee (II)
as Young Chris
Jake Presley
as Little Brother
Izzy Fenech
as Young Justine
Ron Prather
as Frank Rice
Susan Williams
as Dolores Rice
Alex Collins
as Simon Dewey
Curtis Lyons
as Thug #2
Buster Reeves
as Alpha Merc
Ron Yuan
as Pencak Silat Master
Sheila Maddox
as ZZZ Receptionist
Malachi Malik
as Detention Center Guard
Gregory Alan Williams
as Treasury Secretary
Kelly Collins Lintz
as Helen/Reporter #1
Jason MacDonald
as Reporter #2
Victor McCay
as IRS Agent
Michael Beasley
as FBI Agent In Charge
Viviana Chavez
as FBI Agent #1
Greg Sproles
as Sniper #1
Alex Huynh
as Bobby/Sniper #2
Jade Halley Bartlett
as Harbor Neuroscience Nurse
Joe Hardy Jr.
as Autistic Boy's Father
Roman Spink
as 6 Year Old Boy
Rick Moose
as Dying Mobster
Nick Arapoglou
as Tech #1 Homeland Security
Angela Davis
as Reporter #3
Eric Goins
as UPS Delivery Man
Nicholas Martin
as French Teen Bully
Samantha Janco
as Reporter #4
Joseph Levine
as Mafia Enforcer #3
Christian Mendoza
as Maintenance Worker
Zachary James Rukavina
as Robotics Lab Patient
Robert T. McKnight ll
as Robotics Lab Patient #2
Angel Giuffria
as Robotics Lab Patient #3
Robert Kistenberg
as Robotics Lab Patient #3
Robert Hatch
as Funeral Home Attendee
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Critic Reviews for The Accountant

All Critics (275) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (142) | Rotten (133)

  • At least, in its determinedly populist way, this violent character study makes you think.

    Nov 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A fantastically convoluted, over-extended but watchable action thriller whose many dangling loose ends, subplots and side characters are finally tied up with a showy flourish.

    Nov 3, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Accountant boasts an appealing central performance from the redoubtable Ben Affleck, but is elsewhere lumbered with sluggish pacing, a surfeit of narrative detail, implausible coincidences, [and] tension-deflating flashbacks.

    Nov 3, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The one equation it never manages to balance is the one that says making a film about Asperger's Syndrome being more or less a superpower equals a rip-roaring and completely non-problematic jape.

    Nov 3, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This cast deserves better than a faux-'70s action thriller. Tedious and forgettable.

    Nov 3, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Sadly, Kendrick has little to do in the film's second half, which gets bogged down in a pointlessly complicated plot, much of it relayed in an especially clumsy flashback just before the climax.

    Nov 2, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Accountant

  • Aug 26, 2017
    The Accountant is bolstered by its intricate character played by Affleck as well as its sophisticated tropes and reveals. While its plot may be a bit too extensive and prolong the film still supplies the drama and efforts of being more than solid. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2017
    implausible but entertaining
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2017
    The Accountant is an exciting crime thriller that's full of intrigue. The story follows an accountant named Christian Wolf who's hired by a robotics company to look over their book, but when he discovers that money's being stolen someone attempts to kill him; meanwhile Treasury agents begin searching for him after connecting him to a number of drug cartels and terrorist organizations. Starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, and Jon Bernthal, the film has an impressive cast that delivers some strong performances. And the fight sequences are incredible intense and action-packed. The writing is also fairly good, creating interesting characters and building an engaging mystery/investigation. Still, some of the characters are a little underdeveloped and the plot has a few weaknesses. Yet overall The Accountant is a solid film that's entertaining and delivers a lot of thrills.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2017
    Pretty solid. Drastically better than the critical reviews have been saying.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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