(2003)

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Based on 35 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
78
In short, the actors deserve a big round of applause -– especially Affleck, for finally wiping the smug look off of his face (OK, 80% smug-free); Garner, for her dead sexy mix of attitude and adrenaline; and the grunting, googly-eyed Farrell, for … well, for being "fookin’" nuts, I guess.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Not woeful, not wonderful, merely watchable.
63
Brought to the screen with a mix of jaunty humor and jagged violence that should have worked more effectively than it does.
50
Boston Globe
Daredevil the movie strains itself trying to catch up with Sam Raimi's web-slinging megasmash. It's a faceless copy, right down to the muscle-rock groaning on the soundtrack.
50
Washington Post
Like Affleck himself, the film is perfectly satisfactory without being deeply satisfying.
50
Chicago Tribune
Slick, expensive and filled with good-looking actors flexing muscles, but once it grabs our attention it doesn't really reward it...this movie doesn't have fear -- or sheer wonder and marvel -- enough.
50
Charlotte Observer
Though it begins as a praiseworthy depiction of a unique man, it turns into a formulaic disappointment long before the overly violent end... Comic-book adaptations must remain open to sequels, but this kind of coy cowardice is despicable.
42
Daredevil is the sort of half-assed, visually lackadaisical potboiler that makes you rue the day that comic-book franchises ever took over Hollywood.
25
An action blockbuster that's one of the biggest misfires in its genre since "Godzilla."
20
Village Voice
Affleck and impressively amazonian Alias star Jennifer Garner (as the ninjitsu-savvy daughter of a wealthy tycoon) are lankier than "Spider-Man's" Maguire and Dunst, which is good if you like lanky, but their relationship substitutes cliché for chemistry.

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