John Wick: Chapter 4 has achieved the impossible by surpassing the original, becoming the highest-rated film in the franchise on Rotten Tomatoes.
With nearly 90 reviews, Chapter 4 has received an impressive score of 93% on the movie website Rotten Tomatoes.
While the first John Wick film earned 86%, the second and third scored 89%. The franchise has proven to age like a fine wine as critics are raving about the fourth installment, with some calling it the "greatest action flick of all time".
Reviewer Ed Travis from Cinapse went even further, declaring John Wick: Chapter 4 "simply one of the greatest action films of this generation, and perhaps of all time". It's a bold statement indeed.
Ed Travis is not the only one who has praised the film in epic terms. John Nguyen lauded the action sequences and claimed that Chapter Four takes it to "a higher level".
Meanwhile, Aaron Peterson of The Hollywood Outsider remarked that another movie like this might not come around for quite some time.
Tom Santilli of Movie Show Plus commended the stunt work and action imagery, hailing it as a "new crowning achievement".
Abby Olcese, who writes for The Pitch, agrees that John Wick: Chapter 4 is a satisfying movie that delivers more fleshed-out supporting characters, something well-deserved in the franchise's fourth chapter.
She writes, "John Wick: Chapter 4 is exactly as satisfying as you want a John Wick movie to be. It also allows its supporting characters a little more personality and development than the films have up to this point."
Despite the film's runtime of over three hours, it doesn't feel like it.
"Granted, all that makes the film nearly three hours long, but considering its non-stop momentum, you're hardly likely to feel that length," Olcese added.
"These movies have remained entertaining and highly intelligent the whole way through, and the finale is no different."
Chapter 4 sees Keanu Reeves returning as the titular character, alongside Ian McShane reprising his role as Winston and the late Lance Reddick as Charon.
Sadly, news broke last week that Reddick had passed away suddenly at the age of 60. In response, Reeves and director Chad Stahelski announced that the film would be dedicated in his honor.
"We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick," Reeves and Stahelski shared in a statement.
"He was the consummate professional and a joy to work with. Our love and prayers are with his wife Stephanie, his children, family, and friends."
"We dedicate the film to his loving memory. We will miss him dearly."
March 24 marks the release of John Wick: Chapter 4.