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Exit Wounds (2001)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 65
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 44

It probably goes without saying that Exit Wounds is loaded with plotholes and bad dialogue. Critics also note that Seagal has aged rather badly.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 13

It probably goes without saying that Exit Wounds is loaded with plotholes and bad dialogue. Critics also note that Seagal has aged rather badly.



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Returning to his action feature terrain after a short hiatus, Steven Seagal plays Orin Boyd, a maverick Detroit detective with an unconventional way of taking down foes. After a failed intervention in a terrorist kidnapping case that humiliates his superiors, Boyd -- who is hailed as a top-drawer investigator but frowned upon for his tactics -- is forced to do time in a tough downtown precinct. After discovering the covert drug operation performed by several corrupt cops at his new assignment,


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Ed Horowitz, Richard D'Ovidio

Aug 31, 2001


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Seagal -- who turns 50 in a few weeks -- has been inactive for the past few years, and it shows.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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In its low grade way, this blithely brutal cops and drugs thriller is an efficient hot wire entertainment.

March 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The movie's just an excuse for the entire cast to point guns at each other before engaging in verbal or actual smackery.

March 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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There's no story here. The film is all about the grisly, electric mayhem that ensues when these two guys hit the streets.

March 20, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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For those in search of action-filled escapist entertainment who are willing to jettison expectations of credibility into the nearest popcorn tub, Exit Wounds ... will do to pass time on an inclement day.

March 20, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
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In fairness, the movie is more or less competent for being what it is. Of course, I could say the same of most brick walls -- but I'd hardly recommend that you pay eight bucks to sit in front of one for two hours.

March 20, 2001
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Very violent honest-cop corruption story.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Orin Boyd is a cop who "doesn't obey the rules" and although his boss considers him to be "one of the best", he must be transferred to one of the roughest precincts in town.

September 27, 2006 Full Review Source:

...a refreshingly action-packed film that's distractingly enjoyable.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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With a plot that can be roughly described as Serpico for people who never outgrew The A-Team, Seagal beats and bangs up Detroit single-handedly.

February 26, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Anyone who experienced Seagal's films when he was in his prime will know that he is to acting ability what Robin Cook is to personal magnetism.

December 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

The film does exhibit a major problem typical of book adaptations; it's overburdened with plot and supporting characters.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's rumored the actors were paid for this. You don't need to.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Steven Seagal is funnier by accident than most comedians are on purpose.

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

Seagal is...just as quiet, just as tough, just as slow and methodical, and just as weird as ever.

September 30, 2001
Movie Metropolis

the action scenes are crisp and keep the film chugging along

September 28, 2001 Full Review Source:

May have helped the Buddha-like Seagal get back on the right path, career-wise, but I ask everyone--is that really a good thing?

August 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

"Exit Wounds" is an action movie left bleeding in a sea of excess, venality and incompetence.

June 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The year may be 2001, but the film is the same ol' standard-issue Seagal vehicle that could have easily come from his early '90s heyday.

May 3, 2001 Full Review Source:

Via a combination of undeniably smart action moves and a hitherto absent sense of stoic self-deprecation, Seagal is once again back on form.

April 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Anderson dominates proceedings as DMX's loud-mouthed accomplice.

April 23, 2001 Full Review Source:

It left an exit wound, just not as large as I expected.

April 7, 2001 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

As formulaic an action movie as ever graced the screen.

April 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[Seagal] is still stuck in his automaton martial-arts persona.

March 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Should always be watched on television, where you don't have to pay outright and you have the option to change channels.

March 23, 2001 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Audience Reviews for Exit Wounds

Seagal plays he usual style role of a renegade cop with no respect for authority. DMX is a gangster with whom Seagal teams up with to find out who has stolen fifty kilos of heroin from the vaults of a Detroit police vault.

The teaming up of a hard cop and a hard gangster in a different take on the buddy cop genre was a nice idea, but it raises too many plot flaws and the duo don't have the comedy timing to make it work well.

Exit Wounds does entertain with it's action and thrills, but its ultimately forgettable.
August 26, 2010

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Rough movie, but the opening bridge explosion scene was filmed in my hometown of Calgary, so I had to check it out.
August 8, 2007

Super Reviewer

The best Steven Seagal film I ever saw since "Under Siege 2". Non-stop action and gotta hurt.
October 24, 2006
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