This superficial and lightweight approach might make for adequate TV viewing but it functions more as a clumsy tease than a satisfying motion picture.
A hard-to-swallow drama about sibling rivalry, mental illness, and bad therapy, it's cobbled together using clichés and contrivances.
"American Assassin" is as generic an espionage thriller as you’re likely to find.
The lack of a clear direction and vision leads to something haphazard, sloppy, and not remotely viscerally compelling.
Its greater ambitions don’t make it a better movie - just a longer and more pretentious one.