The Specialist Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 23, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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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
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
This movie is excruciatingly dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
Clint Morris
September 17, 2002
A truly terrible moment in action cinema
| Original Score: 1/5
Rob Blackwelder
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 16, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dragan Antulov
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
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
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Mckay
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
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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.
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
David Poland
Hot Button
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
Brandon Judell
June 1, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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
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
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 3, 2005
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
April 14, 2007
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