HR reviews Kick-Ass
The Hollywood Reporter reviews KICK-ASS, the violent comedy variation on the superhero theme, which screened as the South by Southwest Festival. Their bottom line: “Funny, unexpectedly violent romp lets a regular kid play superhero for a while.”
If the film’s extreme violence will counteract its good-natured humor for some multiplex audiences (since when do caped crusaders go out of their way to kill the bad guys?), its balancing act between innocence and gore perfectly matches the expectations of genre fans, who should embrace the movie.
Reviewer John DeFore concludes that the film is stretched a bit thin at nearly two hours in running time.