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New York Post:
Besson provided the story and co-wrote the screenplay for a film directed by McG, who does his usual McGhastly job with action and is McGruesome when it comes to comedy.
"3 Days," though not without pleasures, doesn't seem to know what it is; it's three not-quite-good-enough movies, all in one.
Any possibility of sleeper-hit status has been fatally compromised by watered-down fight scenes and misguided family man dramatics.
3 Days To Kill is one Liam Neeson shy of a Liam Neeson vehicle.
Points for effort all the way around, and welcome back, Costner. Let's hope things get better from here.
Every so often a bad movie will become so mind-bogglingly, existentially bad that it turns perversely good. Unfortunately, "3 Days to Kill" isn't that bad.
J. R. Jones,
Every gag is premised on the fact that Renner allows his work and personal lives to overlap, though this contradicts everything we've been told about him and would obviously heighten the risk to his loved ones.
Just sit back and enjoy. "3 Days to Kill" is big dumb fun anchored by a good actor's refusal to take himself too seriously.
The movie never finds a way to blend the emotional and the rat-a-tat-tat into one seamless package the way that Besson did in his one and only good movie, The Professional.
Costner effortlessly blends deadpan comic flair with action movie heroics in this preposterous but entertaining genre mashup.
Los Angeles Times:
The result is a little like baby bear's porridge, neither all bad nor all good, though not quite right yet either.
A scattershot McG action/comedy/romance/drama, the closest our era has to the audience-pleasing ambitions of William Wyler, if Wyler had first gotten drunk on Bud Light Lime.
It's like a bad Liam Neeson actioner crossed with a worse American sitcom, and it's a mess.
New York Times:
The idea seems to have been to explore how little sense a movie could make, and how little that could matter, and also to allow Mr. Costner to indulge in some good-natured sadism and a bit of middle-aged sentimentality.
It's the modern dilemma: how to balance work with family, get the job done, and still have time to share a meal with the wife and kid.
How did 3 Days to Kill, which doesn't have the worst imaginable premise, turn out this bad?
Globe and Mail:
To the degree that the film works, it's because Costner plays the straight man.
Long before Kevin Costner is demanding pasta sauce info at gunpoint from a terrified Italian hostage in 3 Days to Kill, it's obvious no one is following any kind of coherent recipe for this movie.
A movie primarily distinctive as a jacob's ladder of choices that make less and less sense, McG's latest is an ambitious disaster that tries to be two things at once - an action movie and a domestic comedy - but does neither well.
Charlie's Angels director McG used to know how to marshal a decent action scene (if nothing else), but that touch seems to have deserted him.
Contrived and manic, Days can't decide whether it's a thriller, comedy or feel-good family film.
New York Magazine/Vulture:
A comic-tragic-sentimental genre hodgepodge that wants to make you feel all the feelings amid all that action spectacle. It doesn't entirely deliver, but at times you can't help but admire its strangeness.
Like Ethan, "3 Days to Kill" has a job to do, but it prefers to shoot first and ask questions later.