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First Blood (Rambo: First Blood) Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The film is just too somber and preachy.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 30, 2006
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

...An example of the distorting effects that oversensitivity can have on tone.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2/4

May 28, 2002
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Even the biggest fans of this type of film must acknowledge that this is an embarrassingly sloppy production.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 49/100

January 1, 2000
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

June 14, 2005

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Director Ted Kotcheff has all sorts of trouble with this mess, aside from credibility.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 1, 2007
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
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
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
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
Scott Weinberg

About a million miles better than the brainless sequels.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

July 26, 2002
Eric D. Snider

This is a dark drama about war and the exorcising of demons, and an unforgettable one at that.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

January 1, 2000
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
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
Rob Humanick
Stranger Song

Now that's ballsy.

Full Review Source: Stranger Song

February 5, 2008
Jeremiah Kipp

| Original Score: 3.5/5

January 27, 2002
Jeremiah Kipp

Call it macho crap. Call it mindless escapism. Call it Stallone's grand posturing. In fact, call it all of the above.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

April 11, 2002
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

| Original Score: 3/5

November 13, 2002
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

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
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
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