Demolition Man Reviews

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Nick Rogers
August 1, 2013

Not for nothing does the film open on a screen-filling image of the Hollywood sign in flames, for it torches almost every supposition that a film made to showcase Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes whomping on each other can only be brain-dead.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 5, 2011

Doesn't quite go far enough, instead settling for cheap gags and cheap thrills, but it tickles fairly well for a couple of hours of crashes and fireballs. [Blu-ray]

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 13, 2011

...a sporadically amusing yet pervasively underwhelming bit of early '90s cheese...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
July 25, 2010

Ultimately the script's often sharp social satire is drowned out by the noise and confusion. It is also undercut by casting virtually all the psychopathically murderous criminals as minority-group members.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 25, 2010

The pleasant surprise about Demolition Man is that both the script, and Stallone, are funny; the film blends big-budget action and tongue-in-cheek humor in the way that Last Action Hero tried, and failed, to do.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
April 30, 2008

Nearly all the SF premises are accorded the status of Andrew Dice Clay one-liners -- which means that they, along with the characters, keep changing from one scene to the next.

Emanuel Levy
Top Critic
April 30, 2008

A noisy, soulless, self-conscious pastiche that mixes elements of sci-fi, action-adventure and romance, then pours on a layer of comedy replete with Hollywood in-jokes.

Phillipa Bloom
Empire Magazine
April 30, 2008

This futuristic comedy depends on your opinion of Stallone and his unapologetic popcorn-pleasing action no-brainers. To be fair, this one is one of his better ones.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

April 30, 2008

An inspired mix of high-octane action and futuristic satire.

Stefan Birgir Stefansson
April 24, 2008

cool as ice

| Original Score: 4/4

Time Out
Top Critic
January 26, 2006

Forget your preconceptions, but not your brain cells and sense of irony.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 12, 2005

Not a bad mid-90s sci fi flick - and with a young Sandra Bullock in spandex to boot!

| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
March 10, 2005

Stallone and Snipes are a great double-act

| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
January 2, 2004

Featuring intense action, exceptional special effects, and a healthy sense of humor, it is the film Last Action Hero wanted--and failed--to be.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Vincent Canby
New York Times
Top Critic
May 20, 2003

Demolition Man is a significant artifact of our time or, at least, of this week.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 2, 2003

Enjoyable pop-culture junk actioner.

| Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003

A great villain goes a long way toward making an action movie successful and Snipes certainly does more than his share to make this an enjoyable film.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
July 31, 2002

Chock-full of obnoxious dialogue, terrible acting, and oh-so-clever product placement.

| Original Score: 2/5
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
May 12, 2001

Demolition Man is sleek and empty as well as brutal and pointless. It feels computer engineered, untouched by human hands. A real pod movie.

James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000

Stallone is surprisingly good in this fast, funny and violent futuristic action film.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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