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Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 142
Fresh: 53 | Rotten: 89

Sylvester Stallone knows how to stage action sequences, but the movie's uneven pacing and excessive violence (even for the franchise) is more nauseating than entertaining.

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 24

Sylvester Stallone knows how to stage action sequences, but the movie's uneven pacing and excessive violence (even for the franchise) is more nauseating than entertaining.

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When a group of missionary aid workers in Myanmar disappear into the vast green inferno, vigilante Vietnam War veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) leaves his job as a Salween River boatman behind to accompany a group of mercenaries on a daring rescue mission. It's been 20 years since Rambo helped mujahedeen rebels fend off Soviet invaders in Afghanistan, and these days the former soldier lives a simple life in northern Thailand. Meanwhile, the world's longest-running civil war rages into its

May 27, 2008

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All Critics (143) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (89) | DVD (10)

The orgy of violence, as ghastly as in any video game, should go a long way toward erasing whatever goodwill Stallone earned with his sentimental Rocky Balboa.

December 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (4)
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90 minutes of violence. No more, no less.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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As vehement in its stereotyping as World War II propaganda.

January 31, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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As the current obsession with Reagan suggests, it's back to fantasyland!

January 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Well-shot and well-edited violence porn.

January 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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No longer is Rambo killing for a cause, but for kicks. And his portentous blather, even by Rambo standards, becomes unintentionally hilarious.

January 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (5)
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Stallone uses his iconic character here to explore the necessary evils of violence through a brutal pop lens.

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
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Sly may be a crass tyrannosaurus, but he's not a fake

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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Light on plot, heavy on violence - Rambo isn't for everyone, however I think it perfectly appeals to the video game crowd.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Comments (2)
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Do you want disembowelment and decapitation with your popcorn? Is gore glorious? Is brutality orgasmic? Is spurting blood the fountain of fun? If so, Rambo is 4 U.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Comments (8)
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Straightforward wish fulfillment -- imagine what crimes against humanity we could punish if we had real, indestructible Rambos.

October 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

It's not the perfect Rambo film I was hoping for, but it was a pretty entertaining one.

July 22, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

Now we are no longer observing the icon... we are the icon.

June 14, 2008 Full Review Source: UGO

I know my credibility could take a hit here, but I am man enough to admit that I enjoyed watching Rambo once again don his famous headband and shoot enemies with his trusty bow and arrow.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Watertown Daily Times | Comment (1)
Watertown Daily Times

(Rambo) really only has 3-4 minutes of redeeming entertainment.

May 17, 2008 Full Review Source: BDK Reviews | Comment (1)
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Suspiciously wrinkle-resistant Stallone in comeback, a Rambo in serious need of anger management and not too shy to get into a little ripping out of throats with bare hands and selective disemboweling too.

May 13, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comments (3)
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The film does for the Myanmar genocide what I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry did for same-sex marriage...

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC | Comments (4)

Luckily, Rambo's years away from war haven't dulled his ability to rip out a man's throat with his bare hands.

April 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Peterborough This Week

'Rambo' is pure adrenaline, a frenzied rush into the heart of a jungle where the prevailing darkness is far more horrific than anything Kurtz could have imagined.

April 9, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

However you parse the character's evolution, Rambo the film shows a peculiar understanding of changes in the industry.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Quando comemorei o retorno de Stallone à boa forma artística, não imaginei que empregaria sua recém-reconquistada influência para realizar algo tão abominável quanto este Rambo IV.

March 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Comment (1)
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While Rambo is certainly not for everyone, it succeeds at being exactly what it sets out to be %u2014 a nostalgic, actionpacked, gore-splattered ode to the antihero of a bygone era.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs Gazette

I love Stallone, but this isn't any fun. I'm also concerned because he's starting to look like the Cloverfield monster. No more HGH!

February 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Tucson Weekly
Tucson Weekly

The hero's iconic inertia is photographed against molten skies or Judgment Day sunsets, providing moments of mythic repose between the pell-mell battle scenes.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Makes First Blood look like Bambi.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Sun Online
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    1. Lewis: Who are you boatman?
    – Submitted by Dinofoux O (4 months ago)
    1. Lewis: Look at this fucking place. Only a fucking ape would live here. What the fuck am I doing here?
    2. En-Joo: Hey, knock that shit off.
    3. Reese: And you don't like the arts.
    4. Diaz: And you don't like shit.
    5. En-Joo: I like your sister, Diaz.
    6. Diaz: Yeah, she got a thing for retards.
    – Submitted by Cody H (21 months ago)
    1. John Rambo: Fuck the world.
    – Submitted by Jakob S (24 months ago)
    1. John Rambo: You know what you are. What you're made of. War is in your blood. Don't fight it. You didn't kill for your country. You killed for yourself. The gods are never gonna make that go away. When you're pushed, killing's as easy as breathing.
    – Submitted by Cody H (24 months ago)
    1. Snake Village Owner: We need another python. See what you can do. We have enough Cobras, okay?
    2. John Rambo: Fuck off, okay?
    – Submitted by Hasan R (2 years ago)
    1. John Rambo: Any of you boys want to shoot, now's the time. There isn't one of us that doesn't want to be someplace else. But this is what we do, who we are. Live for nothing, or die for something. Your call.
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
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