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57 Ratings

Peppermint

Directed by Pierre Morel
United States, 2018
Action, Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

A revenge story centering on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose, and is now going to take from her rivals the very life they stole from her.

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Peppermint Directed by Pierre Morel

Critics reviews

Conservative filmgoers usually have to look at movie characters and envy their glamorized social engagement. That vicarious pleasure contradicts the ideals that conservatives are committed to. Peppermint’s rampaging impudence makes Riley a rebuke to liberals’ sanctimony while she serendipitously sensationalizes conservative heroics.
September 07, 2018
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Mediocre movies often appear and then disappear, as though they’d never been, but “Peppermint” (directed by Pierre Morel and written by Chad St. John), which opens today, leaves a trace of slime that’s hard to wipe up—and leaves the feeling that it would be better for the world at large if this movie hadn’t been made.
September 07, 2018
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Bad timing can kill a movie that has everything going for it, but the problem with Peppermint isn’t so much bad timing as tone deafness on an egregious scale.
September 06, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Peppermint

    She needs not to be a (rape) survivor to get even-steven: teachable moment, male directors. Concept-wise another cool frenchie proving again that you can do women-lead flicks & make money. Garner doesn't seem to have ever left her kickass days. Script is lazy+predictable. She could be on the next Sicario or on the new season of Narcos or Better Call Saul. She's over Ben too. Maybe she should pay him a visit, Fists up

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Peppermint

    An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, so they say, but what's a mother who lost her family to do? "Peppermint" is a very similar film to "Taken," right down to the way it discards an interesting first half for a finale that feels perfunctory and droll. Yet, Jennifer Garner gives a solid performance, and the film does speak to the helplessness of the average citizen in a world ostensibly growing more unjust.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Peppermint

    A story about a white suburban mom going up against Latino street gangs in Los Angeles is probably either the best or worst idea for a movie in 2018, depending on your political views. I was hoping "Taken" director Pierre Morel would at least be able to wring some "Death Wish"-style exploitation fun out of this material, but "Peppermint" is a movie that looks cheap and you'll feel even cheaper after watching it.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Peppermint

    It's 'Death Wish', only in a fantasy world where a housewife can become a trained assassin in only 5 years. It's a low budget affair, so they hired generic bad guys and other bad actors. Forget about continuity, let's just have her miraculously escape from one situation to the next. They could have picked almost any actress and told her, "Just act angry".

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Peppermint

    Garner is a great lead, but the rote genre narrative of 'Peppermint' makes this a passable rather than compelling thriller.

  • João R.'s rating of the film Peppermint

    Not as disastrous as stated. Blankly, this is a one-woman show - and Garner is more qualified than this asks for. This isn't unique nor sensational (and is quite predictable), yet this tale about a vengeful mother turned vigilante of the socially orchestrated is (somehow) sufficient. It's very flawed, but, after all, this doesn't try to be more - it's the journey of the raging grieve of a lioness, a "healing" mother.

  • paul_quixote's rating of the film Peppermint

    Complicating the "must kill evil foreigners" premise by adding higher-level corruption doesn't work when the Bad Cop shows sympathy at the end while the Evil Foreigner is champing at the bit to execute a child. Horrid ideology. Works as action, Garner is cathartic, honestly she's fucking awesome. I wish the thread of her pitting criminal organizations against each other hadn't been dropped, there was juice there.

  • Evan Schafer's rating of the film Peppermint

    I've seen quite a few entertaining revenge films in my time, but what makes "Peppermint" work is the nearly superhero leaning of Garner's character. I can't say I've see this done before, and the action/thriller elements -- while at times predictable -- definitely leave you satisfied. The only piece I wish wasn't left so loosely is the ending. It is open to a degree that is a bit too ambiguous. Still good though.

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