The Losers Reviews

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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November 17, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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May 6, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: C
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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May 25, 2010

It isn't half bad: unmemorable but fast and flashy, and less bloated than the kind of action number that keeps John Travolta in Lear jets.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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May 14, 2010

As an action fix to hold you before the summer explosions start, you could do worse than The Losers. It's no more than an efficient time-killer.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
A.O. Scott
At the Movies
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April 26, 2010

It was comic booky enough that I just enjoyed it.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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April 23, 2010

There is plenty of good-guys-vs.-rotten-apple tension here.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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April 23, 2010

Compensates for the mindlessness of its story by filling it with all kinds of clever, playful, stylish flourishes.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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April 23, 2010

The manufacturer's date might be relatively recent, but almost all the ideas and moves are definitely older than the likable cast members.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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April 23, 2010

How dumb is it? You might actually kill a few million brain cells just watching it. Some groups may even want to consider inviting a designated driver to sit in the lobby and eat popcorn till it's over.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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April 23, 2010

The movie, based on a comic book, features a couple of actors who deserve better (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba) and some who deserve even worse (like Chris Evans).

Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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April 23, 2010

It's strange what a bad action movie takes seriously and doesn't take seriously. Take, for example, The Losers, in which cliches are sacred and human life of no value.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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April 23, 2010

The Losers at least has speed on its side -- not to mention a bad case of ADD and camera jitters -- but all compliments end there.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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April 23, 2010

An aptly titled, grossly overdone big-screen adaptation of a DC Comics publication, it is, as though we needed it, another symptom of where we're going cinematically, and a movie that takes bilious joy in its own soullessness.

Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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April 23, 2010

The Losers is simply a lot of low blows, telegraphed each and every time.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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April 23, 2010

White and director of photography Scott Kevan, who collaborated on Stomp the Yard, have some seriously inventive visuals, which at times are smash-cut fabulous.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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April 23, 2010

The Losers -- co-written by Peter Berg, who made the similarly loud and out-of-control The Kingdom -- makes a whole lot of noise without making a great deal of sense.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gene Seymour
Salon.com
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April 22, 2010

Movies aren't loaded weapons, though sometimes, they do go off when their users aren't careful.

Claudia Puig
USA Today
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April 22, 2010

Though they have plenty of lethal weapons at their disposal, the Losers are nowhere near as fun as the '80s action-flick heroes they emulate.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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April 22, 2010

Basically, it's The A-Team meets Rambo meets Mission: Impossible, with a mission that's one part trickiness, four parts blowing stuff up.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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April 22, 2010

Proving that ensemble chemistry can make or break a franchise, The Losers redeems itself with comedic camaraderie delivered by a well-chosen batch of rising stars.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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April 22, 2010

"The Losers" is exactly what you would hope for from an action film: a wham-bam-glitz-and-glam good time with two-fisted action and brains to boot ...

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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April 22, 2010

Like nearly all action movies, horror films, and thrillers in the last 15 years, a sense of motion is conveyed predominately with editing as opposed to through physical space. The compression of time, distance, and movement into hectic cuts is deadening.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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April 22, 2010

The script is boilerplate, the wit pretty much witless.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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April 22, 2010

There's nothing wrong with style for its own sake, but The Losers works so strenuously to be cool at every moment that it can only be anything but.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 22, 2010

Whether you're betting on action or laughs, this is a lose-lose scenario.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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April 22, 2010

Though rigidly formulaic, the movie is undeniably good-humored.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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April 22, 2010

The film is easier to take than, say, Kick-Ass or V for Vendetta, both of which came to the screen saddled with misguided pretentions. No pretentions here.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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April 22, 2010

The movie gets the job done, and the actors show a lot of confidence in occupying that tricky middle ground between controlled satire and comic overkill. It's fun.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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April 21, 2010

Staying awake during this ordeal of incompetent, incomprehensible stupidity is not difficult. It's so noisy that you can hear it in the next town. Staying interested is something else entirely.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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April 21, 2010

The Losers does a perfectly serviceable job of achieving its low ambitions.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Debruge
Variety
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April 21, 2010

The Losers is the sort of pyro-heavy exercise parodied in Tropic Thunder, and no amount of production polish can hide the hollowness beneath its junk-food high.

Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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April 21, 2010

An action film designed for those suffering from ADD.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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April 21, 2010

If The A-Team is half this much fun, they'll be lucky.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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April 21, 2010

Scraped from the bottom of the comic-book barrel, where writer Andy Diggle's figurine-like characters first had their exploits in an exciting War on Terror.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Kois
Village Voice
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April 20, 2010

Director Sylvain White and screenwriters James Vanderbilt and Peter Berg strain to achieve the pleasurable mix of cheap laughs and expensive action that Lethal Weapon pulled off effortlessly with the help of its stellar cast.