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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
a powerful, complex and captivating film that serves as a blockbuster action film and a serious drama
| Original Score: 5/5
First and most popular Rambo; and yes, bloody.
| Original Score: 3/5
As befits a story of internal conflict, Ted Kotcheff lays out the action in an adroit style derived from Anthony Mann
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
The entryway to the disturbed psychological headspace of a single man, one bent evermore on survival, instinct trumping all.
...does get loonier as it goes along, yet for a while it's actually a mournful and sobering action-movie treatment of postwar stress.
Now that's ballsy.
One of the all time most kick ass movie.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
...First Blood primarily comes off as a relatively tame survivalism flick...
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
An effective, if outlandish, picture that exists merely for its big-screen thrills.
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
As a Stallone vehicle this is sleek, slick and not unexciting, but crassly castrates the David Morrell novel on which it is based.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
Rambo defeats the United States!!! The reason there shouldn't be sequels.
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.
First Blood is ragged and flashy; it ought to be a big success with audiences that value action for its own sake.