Owen Gleiberman
February 28, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Daredevil (film)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
96 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/14/03
performer
Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Coolio, Michael Clarke Duncan, Colin Farrell, Jon Favreau, David Keith, Joe Pantoliano, Kevin Smith
director
Mark Steven Johnson
Producer
Avi Arad
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Mark Steven Johnson
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it a C-

A lackadaisical potboiler that makes you rue the day comic-book franchises took over Hollywood. As the title character, who’s a blind attorney by day and an avenging superhero by night, Ben Affleck leaps, wriggles, and–mostly–strikes poses, wearing what’s meant to be a very cool red leather jumpsuit; he looks like Catwoman made over by Revlon. The film keeps insisting that Daredevil’s soul is in torment, but it would be hard to think of a star who seethes with darkness less than Affleck. When this hollow clone of Batman and Spider-Man leaps around like a ninja, dodging razory pinwheels, we’re left with the dispiriting sensation that F/X are accomplishing what the hero–and, indeed, any live actor–could not. (#696/697, Feb. 21)

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