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The A-Team Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 6, 2010
No oneā(TM)s coming to a big-screen version of the lunkheaded TV show expecting The Hurt Locker. But would it have killed the editors to let a single shot breathe for more than two seconds?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 6, 2010
Had the action sequences been better framed and presented, this might have been one of the summer's mindless high points. As it is, it's a passable diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 18, 2010
Let's just be thankful that Carnahan, instead of redoing "The A-Team," didn't remake "Gandhi." The Ganges would have run red. Pacifism is for wussies.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
June 14, 2010
I was not charmed by it.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
June 11, 2010
Heavy on biceps and aggression and -- crucially -- the zinging chemistry between its four leads
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 11, 2010
The A-Team is utterly convinced of its own lovability even as it strains our credibility, abuses our patience, and punishes our eardrums.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 11, 2010
To the old box-office maxim that trite makes right, a fresh corollary must be attached: Chaos is the new order, and ugly the new beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
June 11, 2010
The A-Team is so busy trying to connect with the audience's hearts, minds and wallets that it never quite connects with itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 11, 2010
Nothing - not the characters, not their stories and certainly not their violence - is meant to register deeply. Their words and worlds are disposable; it's no wonder they fade so fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 11, 2010
The toss-away jokes? Who cares? The idea that B.A. Baracus becomes a peacenik in the middle of the film? Who cares? The ending's complete lack of resolution? Who cares?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
June 11, 2010
This team may have given itself an A, but viewers likely won't be so generous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 11, 2010
To say it's cartoonish would to be insult cartoons.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 11, 2010
It's trash so compacted it glows.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 11, 2010
A thoroughly unnecessary but nonetheless satisfying adaptation of the cheeseball 1980s TV series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 11, 2010
It couldn't have been easy making a movie with less plot, character development and dramatic credibility than an episode of a campy '80s TV series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 11, 2010
The Hollywood suits figure you'll overlook a movie's faults as long as the action has juice. Isn't it great when a plan comes together?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 11, 2010
The A-Team is reasonably good fun. If you're a 12-year-old boy riding an intense Cherry Pepsi buzz and totally devoted to destroying some brain cells, that is.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 11, 2010
Rent The Losers if you want a cheesy action movie. Wait for The Expendables if you want a gritty, pumped-up one. And mark this A-Team strictly C-grade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
June 10, 2010
With a healthy dose of smirking adolescent attitude The A-Team plays as a solid action film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 10, 2010
The characters ... are without interest. Their problems are not our problems. But the sheer motion, the spectacle and the flashes of wit take The A-Team out of the realm of garbage. It's fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 10, 2010
I pity the fool who fails to share the popcorn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 10, 2010
If you're a fan of causeless effects, consequence-free causes and digital Dada, let the silly times roll.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 10, 2010
Both in name and spirit, The A-Team drags the Eighties into the 21st century, and you might be surprised to find -- if only briefly -- that you've missed them just a little.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 10, 2010
I pity the fool, as TV star Mr. T might say, who mistakes this for genuine entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 10, 2010
Excuse me, I need to sit down, catch my breath and extinguish my singed eyebrows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 10, 2010
The A-Team is really no better or worse than a whole bunch of other steroid studio-built extravaganzas, but the cumulative effect of these stunts-aplenty window-crashing-fireball-exploding-freeway-chasing-rocket-launching shoot-outs is numbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
June 10, 2010
Fans of explosions, machine guns, brutal fisticuffs and elaborate set pieces that fuse digital effects with impressive practical stunts will get their fill as the A-Team, class of '10, accomplishes its mission -- and exactly according to plan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 10, 2010
Despite a talented cast, this nearly two-hour inane frenzy of action and violence is rarely more than bloated and boring.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 10, 2010
This is a movie that could have gotten away with making only a little bit of sense had it more superpowers or superstars. Neeson doesn't quite count since he's made the mistake of giving a performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
June 10, 2010
The film's featherweight tone and self-conscious excess would be a lot more palatable if everyone didn't seem so insufferably pleased with themselves. The film acts as if it's won the race before the starting gun has even been fired.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
June 10, 2010
"Sex and the City 2 for dudes"? "A Bourne film with frontal-lobe damage"? Pithy descriptions don't come easy after a brain-fragmenting experience like this movie version of the unaccountably popular '70s TV show.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 10, 2010
The diabolical sadist of the team was director Joe Carnahan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 10, 2010
The A-Team is a gigantic pile of ear-deafening nonsense, but it is brisk and goofy and well shot by Carnahan (Smokin' Aces) and a lot livelier than Robin Hood or Iron Man 2.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 10, 2010
So, what do we have here? We have a big, bombastic, violent variation on the original theme of rocket launchers and machine guns and wisecracks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 10, 2010
How it is interesting to watch a movie in which the "action" is essentially colorful abstractions? Isn't it more satisfying if you know where everyone is, and what they're doing, and how they're doing it in real time?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 10, 2010
No, the plan doesn't completely "come together." But this A-Team is close enough for government work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 9, 2010
It's temping to say that you're better off not thinking about the plot and how tenuously it all holds together. The truth is, you're better off not thinking at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 9, 2010
The pyrotechnics should please the guys in the audience looking for mindless summer fun. And for the women... Cooper has his shirt off early and often. And he's clearly been to the gym.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
June 9, 2010
Frankly, a little less budgeting for visual effects -- in exchange for more physicality and sharper character interplay -- would have improved matters, but the pic still works moderately well as the equivalent of a mindless B-movie.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 9, 2010
The film seems nearly writer-free. Absolutely no time gets wasted on story, character development or logic.