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Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.

The critical consensus

Valiant, but flawed. Some of the set-pieces are superb, but there isn’t enough meat on the bones to turn this into a classic.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, Total Film, 19/12/2016

Assassin's Creed has probably done the very best it can with the hand it's been dealt with and, really, this might be the best video game adaptation yet. Mind you, that's not saying a huge amount.

***(*)(*)Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent, 19/12/2016

This film adaptation of the successful videogame, in which Fassbender must battle Templars after the original apple from Eden, is an interminable, lifeless mess.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 19/12/2016

Often confusing and far too po-faced, Kurzel’s stabby period piece is redeemed by its sumptuous vistas and top-notch fight work.

***(*)(*)James Dyer, Empire Online, 19/12/2016

The data overload is a problem in a movie that can’t work out whether it is a swashbuckling romp or a dystopian sci-fi drama.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 29/12/2016

Fassbender’s antihero isn’t really interesting enough to make you care one way or the other and though Kurzel’s visuals are impressive, the whole thing feels like one of Ridley Scott’s more disposable epics.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 04/01/2017

Pyrotechnics and Michael Fassbender can’t save this preposterous adaptation of the computer game.

**(*)(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 08/01/2017

Features about Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed interview: How director Justin Kurzel made the video game adaptation his own.

Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent, 31/12/2016

Assassin's Creed director Justin Kurzel: 'We went old school with it'.

Steve Rose, The Guardian, 31/12/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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