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The Marine (2006)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 37

Overblown in every possible way, The Marine is either so bad it's good or just really, really bad.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 9

Overblown in every possible way, The Marine is either so bad it's good or just really, really bad.



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WWE Smackdown star and self-proclaimed "Doctor of Thuganomics" John Cena makes his explosive action feature debut as John Triton, an injured U.S. Marine who returns home from duty after violating a commander's order, only to have his wife kidnapped by a ruthless criminal. Robert Patrick co-stars as the villainous Rome -- who is more than willing to kill if it means staying one step ahead of the law -- and Nip/Tuck star Kelly Carlson appears as the endangered object of the vengeful veteran's

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (37) | DVD (13)

A delectably bad '80s-style actioner.

October 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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A happy surprise.

October 16, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comment (1)
New York Daily News
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It's not a good film by any practical standard, but The Marine is bad in just the right way, a mindless throwaway that's at least smart enough not to take itself too seriously.

October 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The Marine proves a poor showcase for the homeboy charisma Cena shows week in and out with the WWE.

October 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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The genius of the film is in its unapologetically obvious crowd-pleasing moments.

October 16, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
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It's a shame that The Marine did not receive a theatrical release in Australia. Not only was much of it shot here, but as an action popcorn adventure, it has reasonable merit.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Some crazed jewel thieves get trigger-happy in a gas station, and kidnap John Cena's wife. This is useful, as it adds the dangerous excitement of having an angry pro-wrestler chase them through South Carolina forests.

March 15, 2007 Full Review

The story is minimal and the action is preposterous, but it doesn't try to be much else.

March 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Calgary Movies
Calgary Movies

Derivative in the extreme, but some good stunt work and humorous touches make it a lot more tolerable than it could have been.

February 11, 2007 Full Review Source:

It has the air of garbage, but is kind of cute, despite the awful dialogue.

November 27, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

The Marine subscribes to the notion that there's no such thing as a gratuitous explosion.

November 23, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

It is not particularly a bad film. It is just nothing special.

November 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The Marine often feels like an oddball black comedy about a dysfunctional band of sociopaths, just masquerading as an action movie about one tough ex-Marine.

October 20, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club | Comments (3)
AV Club

Cena's dialogue is held to a monosyllabic minimum...

October 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

There are people who will see "The Marine" just because it features John Cena, and those people will not be disappointed: The movie does, in fact, feature John Cena.

October 19, 2006 Full Review Source:

Brimming with testosterone, "The Marine" explodes and punches its way onto the screen.

October 18, 2006 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

So bad that it's very nearly sublime.

October 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The Marine settles for action pieces performed by broad character types. In other words, it's a lot like a night of wrestling.

October 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Yes, Virginia, there is a John Rambo. But he lives now only in our memories.

October 16, 2006 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

A movie so dumb it may actually cause brain damage.

October 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

A movie so dumb it may actually cause brain damage.

October 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Sun
Toronto Sun

This brain-damaged action mistake is about as understated as a mortar blast.

October 16, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Marine

October 13, 2013
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WWE Films wanted to give someone other than The Rock or Stone Cold a shot at being in the movie, so they picked their poster boy John Cena, which is probably one of the better people they could have picked to headline a mediocre, yet very entertaining action movie.

Cena is a recently discharged Marine whose attempts to get back into a normal life are interrupted after he and his wife are in the wrong place at the wrong time when a group of thieves raise hell at a gas station, and take her hostage. From there it's basically a chase movie with Cena as a one man army against Robert Patrick's motley crew of psycho criminals.

The movie is formulaic, generic, and really ridiculous, but the filmmakers made the movie they wanted to, and weren't trying to make anything more than a purely breezy action spectacle that's here to entertain, and nothing more.

On that front, they are successful. The movie's not boring, it delivers what you'd expect it to, and Cena, despite being wooden as an actor, is of course pretty credible when it comes to the physicality of things. It's also fun seeing Robert Patrick ham it up like mad, even if he's really only here for a paycheck.

All in all, this movie's just okay, but it is fun in a goofy 'check your brain' sort of way. It of course could have been better, but it also could have been far, far worse.
March 10, 2013
Chris Weber

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This was cool! But nothing more, and the action is pretty awesome!
January 13, 2010
KJ Proulx

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    1. Rome: This guy's like the Terminator
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