The Specialist Reviews

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 21, 2011
Nothing in it should surprise you, despite the twists the story attempts to take. Formula is formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 19, 2004
Isn't Sly getting a little long in the Rocky-tooth for this kind of role?
| Original Score: 2/5
Fred Topel
About.com
September 26, 2003
Good standard Stallone movie. Cool explosions and gratuitous fight scenes.
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 21, 2003
Tedious. Ludicrous. Completely unecessary. And I mean the whole movie, not just Stone and Stallone's naked shower scene.
| Original Score: 1/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 17, 2002
A truly terrible moment in action cinema
| Original Score: 1/5
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Christopher Harris
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
This movie is a stinker in every way, from the one-dimensional acting to the idiot dialogue to the surprisingly monotonous storyline.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This movie is excruciatingly dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ted Prigge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A bizarre mix of explosions, histrionic acting and ridiculous plotting ... and it isn't pretty.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
With all the preening, posing and stretching, it's hard to know if The Specialist is an action movie or an exercise video.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 12, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 16, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 12, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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