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First Blood (Rambo: First Blood) Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The character of John Rambo is so identified with Stallone that it's amusing to note how many actors were considered for the role, including Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 13, 2012
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

a powerful, complex and captivating film that serves as a blockbuster action film and a serious drama

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 5/5

August 15, 2012
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

First and most popular Rambo; and yes, bloody.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 14, 2010
Fernando F. Croce

As befits a story of internal conflict, Ted Kotcheff lays out the action in an adroit style derived from Anthony Mann

Full Review Source: CinePassion

February 6, 2010
James Berardinelli
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The darker tone, somber subtext, and generally non-exploitative violence allow viewers to enjoy the film not only as an action/thriller but as something with a degree of intelligence and substance.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2009

The entryway to the disturbed psychological headspace of a single man, one bent evermore on survival, instinct trumping all.

Full Review Source: UGO

June 14, 2008
Josh Larsen

...does get loonier as it goes along, yet for a while it's actually a mournful and sobering action-movie treatment of postwar stress.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 3/4

May 13, 2008
Rob Humanick
Stranger Song

Now that's ballsy.

Full Review Source: Stranger Song

February 5, 2008

One of the all time most kick ass movie.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

January 29, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...First Blood primarily comes off as a relatively tame survivalism flick...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 24, 2008
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

| Original Score: 3/5

April 20, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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This action film hangs on an interesting reversal, taking the crazed-killer-in-the-woods theme from Friday the 13th and turning it inside out-- the psychopath is now our hero, a maladjusted ex-Green Beret played by Sylvester Stallone.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 1, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

An effective, if outlandish, picture that exists merely for its big-screen thrills.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

March 1, 2007
Chuck O'Leary

The film that introduced John Rambo is a gripping survival adventure with an emotional ending that's downright moving. Jerry Goldsmith contributes an excellent musical score.

| Original Score: 8/10

February 16, 2006

Time Out
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As a Stallone vehicle this is sleek, slick and not unexciting, but crassly castrates the David Morrell novel on which it is based.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

| Original Score: 4/5

January 30, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Stallone's dogged tale of survival seems so fresh you'd swear it was made last week . . . except for the sad truth that they don't make 'em like that anymore.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

January 7, 2005
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

Rambo defeats the United States!!! The reason there shouldn't be sequels.

| Original Score: 4/5

December 21, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Sylvester Stallone is one of the great physical actors in the movies, with a gift for throwing himself so fearlessly into an action scene that we can't understand why somebody doesn't really get hurt.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 23, 2004
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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First Blood is ragged and flashy; it ought to be a big success with audiences that value action for its own sake.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 30, 2004
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