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The Expendables (2010)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 197
Fresh: 81 | Rotten: 116

It makes good on the old-school action it promises, but given all the talent on display, The Expendables should hit harder.

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 25

It makes good on the old-school action it promises, but given all the talent on display, The Expendables should hit harder.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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Movie Info

An all-star cast of action-movie icons headline Sylvester Stallone's explosive action thriller about a group of hard-nosed mercenaries who are double-crossed during a treacherous mission. Approached by the shadowy Church (Bruce Willis) to overthrow tyrannical South American dictator General Gaza (David Zayas) and restore order to the troubled island country of Vilena, stoic soldier of fortune Barney Ross (Stallone) rounds up an unstoppable team that includes former SAS soldier and blade

Nov 23, 2010

$103.0M

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All Critics (198) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (81) | Rotten (116) | DVD (6)

The movie had been billed as a throwback to the action flicks of the 1980s, but that pitch turns out to be false advertising.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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The rest of the mayhem is simply ultraviolent, nonstop, and numbing. Better jokes might have helped.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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If you like watching men with no necks thumping each other, this could be your Citizen Kane.

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (4)
Time Out
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What you will find is both familiar in its contours and unique in its casting.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (7)
TIME Magazine
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It's not the age of the actors that makes The Expendables expendable. It's the stale storytelling.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comments (14)
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The Expendables isn't as much fun as it should be.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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What The Expendables does right is it caters to its fans. It knows exactly what they want and it delivers a a pure, adrenaline-fuelled thrill ride with some great action.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The action scenes are huge and excessively violent on a scale not seen since the closing scenes of Commando. At one point, in the absence of any buildings to detonate or ammunition depots to destroy, I think I saw an explosion explode.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

What we end up with is an incomprehensible, overly-long explosion-fest that could have easily been retitled "A.D.D.: The Motion Picture."

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

the kind of all-out, over the top action movie they just don't make anymore, which is probably a good thing because the human brain can only take a movie that provides the equivalent to getting three consecutive adrenaline shots so many times.

August 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

I like the idea of this movie much more than how it actually turned out.

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

This has been clearly aimed at - pardon the pun - diehard action film fans. Anyone else, who might expect a vague sense of irony, will be sorely disappointed.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Baltic Times

... It's a little like meeting up with old friends, only to come away deflated, realising you just don't have that much to talk about any more.

June 30, 2011 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

Stallone, with his highly unusual current face, is so busy making googly eyes at Statham and nursing a man-crush that he forgets that the goal of this movie is MORE KILLING.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com | Comment (1)
Movies.com

If you are a connoisseur of the Steven Seagal flavor of direct-to-DVD action film, seeing all these guys up on screen actually is a lot of fun. It doesn't make it a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it's still a lot of fun.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Comments (2)
ComingSoon.net

Unnatural but kind of remarkable.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: IFC.com
IFC.com

Provides a decent, if not totally fulfilling, fix of that something we miss.

December 7, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Certainly not a great film, but an enjoyable slice of surprisingly low-key, classic '80s action filmmaking complete with an awesome cast.

December 4, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

... a perfectly enjoyable mercenaries-on-a-mission-of-redemption adventure with a mix of testosterone-fueled camaraderie and this-time-it's-personal seriousness.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com | Comments (3)
Seanax.com

Suitable for a night of cold beer, chili, and a hot woman at your side...

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The film's climax delivers and delivers and just keeps topping itself, making it possibly the most satisfying experience since cheeseburgers after a very big night.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex | Comment (1)
Moviedex

Final notes: this is a movie in which Dolph Lundgren is expected to convincingly portray a junkie and have an American accent. Also, Jet Li plays a character called Yin Yang. Do with this information what you will.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comments (2)
Quickflix

If the plot line doesn't leave you numb with disbelief, the excessive explosive outbursts and viscerally edited dismemberments will drop you, or someone you care about, wet in the seat.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It was a walk through 1984 and it was a pretty decent stroll.

September 28, 2010 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
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Audience Reviews for The Expendables

Pointless violence with poor political plausibility and the vague suggestion that in fact, the mission's entirely about a woman. Adding that to the half-hearted attempts at humour, my uncertainty as to why I started watching it moved to a "Why am I _still_ watching this?" feeling that intensified steadily throughout. It's a movie that might have worked were it intended to be an action-comedy, but as if Stallone could ever parody himself; as a true action movie, it fails to be even a bad 80s action movie. Horribly out-of-date, bloated, self-indulgent mess. Good to know Dolph Lundgren's not dead, though.
August 17, 2013
danperry17

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It is what it is, loud, stupid and pointless, just like most of the cast. But as a homage to the action flicks of the 80's, you can't go wrong.
January 13, 2013
stuartb1234

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I wanted to really like this movie, and I wanted it to be awesome. Unfortunately, it comes up short. Perhaps my expectations were just too high. How could they not be though? Just loook at the cast! This is a macho testosteronefest throwback to the glory days of 80s and 90s action films. This film, like Unforgiven, had the potential to be the be-all end-all of its respective genre; unfortunately it comes off more like nostalgia instead.

That's not a total bad thing, though. It's cool seeing Sly and Dolph share the screen again, and of course, there's the much talked about church scene with Sly, Bruce, and Arnie. A cool scene, but it feels really rushed. The story is very simple and predictable, but that's part of the charm. The script however, is an all over the place mess. I'm okay with the silly one liners that mostly fall flat. What I don't like is the uneven character development. Lots of focus is placed on Statham, and his relations with Sly, as well as the Sly and Rourke stuff, but everything else is just left hanging. They should have made a longer film along the lines of The Dirty Dozen or something, and shaped it like that. In fact, I was reminded more of stuff like that instead of the 80s/90s films. This works well as a "men on a mission" picture, even if it leaves something to be desired.

I was close to giving this an extra half star, but the aforementioned issues are what keep me from doing it. There are some things that are done well, though. Stallone definitely knows how to do action scenes, and those are awesome. Some of the camera work and editing were a bit too shaky for me, but at least not all of the gore was cg. I also really liked Rourke dramatic monologue. It was well done and gave the film a sense of purpose. The cast is pretty good. They seem to have decent chemistry, and I liked how it was a mixture of veterans of the genre and newcomers like Couture and Crews. Also, having bonafide actors like Rourke and Roberts added some nice weight and gravitas.

This could have been the best damn action film ever. Instead it becomes merely a fun and entertaining yet flawed tribute. It has some merits, but is unfortunately too flawed to really recommend. C+
January 11, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

First off, the dialogue is absolutely horrible. Sylvester Stallone should never write a screenplay. The action is fun at times but it isn't as good as it could've been. No memorable scenes. Some horrible CGI as well. However, every scene Jason Statham is in, he rips it up.
January 10, 2013
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

    1. Yin Yang: I need a raise.
    2. Barney 'The Schizo' Ross: Why?
    3. Yin Yang: I need the money for my family. I want to send my son to a better school.
    4. Lee Christmas: When did you get a family?
    5. Yin Yang: Don't ask. I don't know.
    – Submitted by T R (12 months ago)
    1. Yin Yang: I need more money.
    2. Barney 'The Schizo' Ross: I know you told me, for your family right?
    3. Yin Yang: I don't have family.
    4. Barney 'The Schizo' Ross: I know.
    – Submitted by Wesley W (15 months ago)
    1. Paine: How many men you got?
    2. Barney 'The Schizo' Ross: Just your mother!
    – Submitted by Akheel K (16 months ago)
    1. Yin Yang: When I get hurt, the hole is bigger, because I'm smaller.
    – Submitted by Akheel K (16 months ago)
    1. Lee Christmas: Are you crazy?! You could've killed me!
    2. Barney 'The Schizo' Ross: You're welcome!
    – Submitted by Cody H (19 months ago)
    1. Trench: Why don' we 'ave dinna sometime?
    2. Barney 'The Schizo' Ross: Sure, when?
    3. Trench: In a thousand years.
    4. Barney 'The Schizo' Ross: Too soon.
    5. Himself: Mr. Church: What's his problem?
    6. Barney 'The Schizo' Ross: He wants to be president.
    – Submitted by Gal G (21 months ago)
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