Opening

64% The Maze Runner Sep 19
53% This Is Where I Leave You Sep 19
—— A Walk Among the Tombstones Sep 19
82% Tracks Sep 19
92% The Guest Sep 17

Top Box Office

13% No Good Deed $24.3M
73% Dolphin Tale 2 $15.9M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $8.1M
19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4.9M
20% Let's Be Cops $4.4M
88% The Drop $4.1M
37% If I Stay $3.9M
36% The November Man $2.8M
33% The Giver $2.6M
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey $2.4M

Coming Soon

68% The Equalizer Sep 26
71% The Boxtrolls Sep 26
86% The Two Faces of January Sep 26
—— Two Night Stand Sep 26
91% Jimi: All Is by My Side Sep 26

New Episodes Tonight

71% Dallas: Season 3
62% Under the Dome: Season 2

Discuss Last Night's Shows

—— American Dad!: Season 11
87% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5
53% The Lottery: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
78% Ray Donovan: Season 2
87% The Strain: Season 1
—— Unforgettable: Season 2
—— Witches of East End: Season 2

Certified Fresh TV

87% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5
86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% Doctor Who: Season 8
83% Extant: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
90% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
79% You're the Worst: Season 1

The Specialist Reviews

Page 1 of 2
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

August 23, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic IconTop Critic

This movie is excruciatingly dumb.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

| Original Score: 1/5

July 26, 2002
Clint Morris
Moviehole

A truly terrible moment in action cinema

| Original Score: 1/5

September 17, 2002
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

| Original Score: 2/5

July 31, 2002
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 2/5

July 16, 2004
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Nothing in it should surprise you, despite the twists the story attempts to take. Formula is formula.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 4/10

August 21, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

September 7, 2011
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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 Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 3/10

January 1, 2000
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Isn't Sly getting a little long in the Rocky-tooth for this kind of role?

| Original Score: 2/5

October 19, 2004
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 1.5/4

May 20, 2003
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com

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

| Original Score: 1/5

March 21, 2003
Christopher Harris
Globe and Mail
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

April 12, 2002
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

| Original Score: 2/5

January 8, 2004
David Poland
Hot Button

| Original Score: 1/5

July 26, 2002
Brandon Judell
PopcornQ

| Original Score: 2/5

June 1, 2003
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

With all the preening, posing and stretching, it's hard to know if The Specialist is an action movie or an exercise video.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1/5

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A bizarre mix of explosions, histrionic acting and ridiculous plotting ... and it isn't pretty.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 0/4

January 1, 2000
Derek Adams
Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic
February 9, 2006
Caryn James
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic
May 20, 2003
Stuart Klawans
The Nation

March 3, 2005
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
April 14, 2007

Variety
Top Critic IconTop Critic
March 26, 2009
Page 1 of 2
Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile