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Sabotage (2014)

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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 83

Sabotage boasts one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's finer post-political performances, but it's wasted in a movie driven by grueling violence that punishes seemingly without purpose.

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 23

Sabotage boasts one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's finer post-political performances, but it's wasted in a movie driven by grueling violence that punishes seemingly without purpose.

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In "Sabotage", Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done - until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect. (c) Open Road

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Skip Woods

Jul 22, 2014

$10.5M

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All Critics (103) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (83)

I don't know what Ayer is trying to prove by dunking the camera in spilled guts and having it linger over charred and frozen corpses.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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What redeems all this, to some extent, is Ayer's bleak but honest vision... he understands how law-enforcement people witnessing the depths of humanity might lack the necessary character to climb back up.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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For most of its running length, Sabotage is a gritty, compelling motion picture with twists to make a pretzel envious. Unfortunately, it overstays its welcome.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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Sabotage starts off as a fun, nasty, occasionally surprising little piece of genre filmmaking. But it gradually loses the thread.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Director David Ayer has made two of the best films about the tough lives of cops -- Training Day and End of Watch -- but his streak ends with the very violent and ultimately forgettable Sabotage.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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[an] ugly, abrasive and thoroughly charm-resistant bag of slop

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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Arnie's macho crew are such an obnoxious bunch of meatheads - and that goes, too, for Mireille Enos, its lone women member - that you will struggle to care.

September 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Part heist film, part action thriller, part murder mystery, the movie is punishingly violent (in one scene, the camera lingers over squashed body parts after a drug agent is hit by a train). The ugliness is so pervasive it becomes perversely fascinating.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

...it becomes more and more clear that virtually all of the movie's protagonists are unlikable...

August 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Writer-director David Ayer is hoping to unleash that bad guy action-noir vibe he successfully unhatched in "Training Day" and to a lesser extent in "End of Watch." This time, he lays an egg.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

Scenes of people kicking doors down and shooting each other in the head are efficiently handled - it's everything else that's a problem.

May 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It is worth remembering that John Wayne, an actor almost as inexpressive as he is, did much of his finest work at the tail end of his career. Sadly, post-gubernator Arnie hasn't yet found his equivalents to True Grit or El Dorado.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Arnie does his best but, as so often, turns out to be limited in scope: when called upon to look upset, his inner cyborg punctures the mood; when he sighs, we snigger.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

There won't be any awards but, for the first time, Arnie is actually acting here.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

The so-called Governator has returned to what he does best, or maybe not best, but certainly most lucratively, making films high on action and low on credibility. Sabotage scores impressively on both counts.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Despite some decent moments the film struggles to realise its potential.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Arnold Schwarzenegger gets one of his most complex roles yet in this messy, violent thriller, another trip to the dark side for filmmaker David Ayer.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

The film around them is too, too much: too gruesome, too locker-room, too busy, too populated, and too daft.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

It doesn't really work. It's a bit like finding Mary Berry serving at your local kebab shop - it just doesn't feel right.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Did Arnie have some decent motive for taking the money?

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

This is an ugly, brutal beast of a picture that plays like a video nasty from the Eighties.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

While Sabotage boasts the best of post-hiatus Arnie, Training Day writer and End of Watch director David Ayer fails to deliver.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

There's plenty to guiltily savour - most of it unintentional - in a revenge yarn that unspools like End of Watch played for laughs.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Straight to DVD would be a kindness; straight to the waste bin would be a justice.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

If you relish outbursts of weird Arnold pronunciation, the moment where he exclaims, "Time to do the Looward's work" is another minor classic.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Feels like a cheap action flick and not the serious drama it is presented as, and plays like an unintentional call to end drugs prohibition and the idiotic war between cartels and law enforcement.

May 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for Sabotage

"Sabotage" is a through back to good R rated cop action/drama movies. A DEA task force led by Schwarzenegger completes a big raid. When they do they try to still 10 million dollars from the cartel. However, the money goes missing and someone begins to take out the team one by one. Sam Worthington, Terrance Howard, and Mireille Enos round out the very eclectic cast. Schwarzenegger is definitely showing his age, but of all the movies he has done since he left office, I think this is his best work. This is a pretty hard R movie, which surprised me. I wasn't really expecting it to be as bloody as it is. But it was a good surprise because this is much better than I had heard or thought. It's at 20 percent on rotten tomatoes, which is insane. David Ayer directed this along with "Training Day" and "End of Watch", both of which are amazing. This isn't as good as those, but it is right up there. Ayer is a fantastic director, and anytime I see him name on something I'll be lining right up to watch. Very entertaining movie, but not for the weak at heart.
August 27, 2014
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

I don't understand all the hate. I really enjoyed this flick. If you're a Schwarzenegger fan, chances are you're going to enjoy this. He delivers a fun powerhouse performance. This is a film that does what it sets out to do: entertain.
August 14, 2014
CreedsDelight

Super Reviewer

Leave no loose ends.

Good Action Movie! The whole cast was great don't get me wrong, and i enjoyed the plot of the whole film, as much as it could have been a little longer with a few more, twists and turns, it still got the point with lots of gun fire, lots of "breaching" and lots of cussing for no reason. Arnold himself being team leader, did a great job, and finished his mission no matter what, i enjoyed the hell out of this film and i think it was a come back for Arnold, it wasn't a flop. This movie had everything going for it, action packed, lots of good actors, lots of crazy gun fights, lots of cussing and dirty jokes, i saw a review that said this is a "guilty pleasure for manly men".....honestly its just a guilty pleasure for anyone who likes action movies and Arnold surrounded by a group of good actors, i hope to see him doing more movies like this, this movie was more about him and less about the other actors, i think anyone who is an action movie fan, and an Arnold fan....would enjoy this....so give it a shot.

In "Sabotage", Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done - until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect.
July 31, 2014
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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

An powerhouse and adrenaline-charged edge of your seat action-packed thriller. An explosive knockout from start to finish. A hard-core story that's filled with action, mystery and great character development. It's Director, David Ayer's toughest and most brutal film to date. A powerfully engaging and full-throttle action-packed thrill-machine that will keep you guessing right to the very finish. A shot-gun blast of mind-blowing suspense and fire-power all the way to the end and with some explosive star power added to the mix as well. I loved this movie. A wickedly entertaining and electrifying movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger gives one of his best, grittiest and strongest performances ever. Schwarzenegger just gets better and better as the years go on and shows he is more than just a nostalgic action star but a strong actor and leading man. Sam Worthington is excellent. Olivia Williams is terrific. Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello and Mireille Enos are fantastic. The entire cast is great together and turn in solid performances. This movie just rocks, trust me pulses will pound.
July 29, 2014
allan913

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