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The Specialist (1994)

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
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This over-the-top star vehicle for box office draws Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone went through a series of directors before landing in the hands of Luis Llosa. Stallone stars as Ray Quick, a former CIA bomb expert now retired in Miami after an operation against a South American drug lord went horribly wrong, resulting in the death of a child. Ray is coaxed out of retirement by May Munro (Stone) to help her get revenge on the powerful organized crime family -- headed up by Joe Leon (Rod

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Alexandra Seros

Feb 24, 1998

Warner Home Video

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This movie is a stinker in every way, from the one-dimensional acting to the idiot dialogue to the surprisingly monotonous storyline.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The Specialist is one of those films that forces the characters through torturous mazes of dialogue and action, to explain a plot that is so unlikely it's not worth the effort.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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With all the preening, posing and stretching, it's hard to know if The Specialist is an action movie or an exercise video.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This movie is excruciatingly dumb.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Nothing in it should surprise you, despite the twists the story attempts to take. Formula is formula.

August 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Isn't Sly getting a little long in the Rocky-tooth for this kind of role?

October 19, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Good standard Stallone movie. Cool explosions and gratuitous fight scenes.

September 26, 2003
About.com

Tedious. Ludicrous. Completely unecessary. And I mean the whole movie, not just Stone and Stallone's naked shower scene.

March 21, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

A truly terrible moment in action cinema

September 17, 2002
Moviehole

A totally dull story that thinks it can use various explosions to make it interesting, The Specialist is about as exciting as an episode of Dragnet, and about as well acted.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Ponderous, pretentious and acted with astounding indifference, The Specialist is a big fat bore with a couple of nice explosions. It's too somber to work as camp, and too tedious to work as anything else.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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This film perhaps didn't deserve its horrible reputation, but very few people should have to endure watching The Specialist just in order to come to such conclusion.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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A bizarre mix of explosions, histrionic acting and ridiculous plotting ... and it isn't pretty.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Llosa relies on stock action shots and tedious exposition to get from scene to scene. You keep waiting for something -- anything -- neat to happen, but nothing does.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for The Specialist

Not a great movie, but it's just too much fun not to enjoy on some level. You've got Sly as a bomb expert who finds a ton of different ways to blow you up. Sharon Stone adds to the mix mostly as eye candy, but she's actually a really good character too. Everyone else in the cast is pretty much star-studded as well, including Eric Roberts, Rod Steiger and James Woods. You pretty much know what type of movie it is before you put it in, so you'll either love it or hate it.
August 5, 2010
ythelastman89

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Sly ist the Best!
The government taught him to kill. Now he's using his skills to help a woman seek revenge against the Miami underworld.
January 14, 2010
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Wahida K

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This is one of my more lazy reviews but It?s shit.
September 25, 2009
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