Rambo: First Blood Part II Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 25, 2014
An endless parade of people glowering, being pensive, skulking, but with all the sonic and visual trappings of a trashy action movie insisting that it's big noisome fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Sly shoots up Vietnam in glorified '80s actioner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 7, 2010
What makes this icon so significant is how wholly he was embraced by the Reagan era. After all, it only seems natural to respond to B-movie action stars when your president was one as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 51/100
June 14, 2008
Rambo's significant beefcake factor is so pronounced in First Blood: Part II that it practically begs to be taken as queer-baiting camp.
February 2, 2008
It's awesome
| Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 24, 2008
...precisely the sort of unapologetically brutal piece of work that's sorely missing from contemporary multiplexes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 14, 2008
All in all, it's a pretty offensive movie, especially to the Americans who fought in Vietnam.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 14, 2008
A thoroughly unpleasant project, quite apart from its creepy populist posturing (Stallone seemed determined to become the Huey Long of the movies).
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 30, 2006
Qualifies as a guilty pleasure, a good-bad 'B' movie.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
November 3, 2006
A "perfect" flick for the Reagan era: a simplistic, distorted comicstrip actioner that nonetheless must have tapped into the collective nightmare that some American soldiers were still held prisoners or were missing in action in Vietnam.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The body count is rising, Sly's pecs are blowing up, and Rambo himself is becoming more of a brand-name than a character, a mascot for masochism and murderous self-assertion.
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
February 16, 2006
Far from credible, but a terrific, cheer-out-loud action film nevertheless. Immediately and deservedly made Stallone's John Rambo a great individualistic screen hero to rival Eastwood's Dirty Harry.
| Original Score: 8/10
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
May 31, 2005
The one man demolition squad blasts away again!
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 13, 2003
Shouldn't this be called Second Blood?
| Original Score: 2/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
To anyone who doesn't share the camera's adoration, this sort of behavior becomes so comic that Rambo turns into something of a camp classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 30, 2002
A fossilized abomination, thankfully relegated to the bygone decade which spawned it.
| Original Score: 0/5
Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com
September 27, 2002
The weakest of the Rambo trilogy, but still a fun film to watch if you're in the mood for explosions and Stallone at his muscle-bound grunting best.
| Original Score: 2/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 17, 2002
Corny, sure, but a hell of a lot of fun...
| Original Score: 3/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
May 28, 2002
...Tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Filmcritic.com
April 11, 2002
It's the Bernie Goetz of Vietnam movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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