The Expendables Reviews

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Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
August 21, 2010
The Expendables is like dating a jock - no sparkling conversation or subtlety but great to have around when you need to blow sh-t up or kick some ass.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 20, 2010
misses many opportunities to truly exploit its old-school ethos, instead falling into the trap of hyper-edited incoherence
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 20, 2010
Something about the large scope of the action confounds Stallone, and his excessively large number of unit directors. It's too hectic, too confusing to be cool, or exhilirating.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 20, 2010
Is it that big a deal to have a cast that includes Steve Austin, Randy Couture and Terry Crews? These guys would line up for a straight-to-DVD American Pie sequel if asked.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 20, 2010
Stallone's dozens of remaining fans know exactly what to expect, and he gives it to them good and hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 20, 2010
Botched sensitivity aside, The Expendables delivers epic action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 20, 2010
Not since Rocky worked out in a meat locker has Sylvester Stallone surrounded himself with so much aging beef.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
August 20, 2010
Stallone, never a clear speaker, spends most of his time grunting like a Gloucester Old Spot or barking like a sea lion with a sore throat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tricia Olszewski
Film Threat
August 20, 2010
After repeated taunts to "Bring it," increasing evidence of the barely-there story, and a war's worth of bullets and fireballs, The Expendables gets pretty tiresome.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 20, 2010
It's an A-grade cast all right, but there's no escaping that this is a B-movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 20, 2010
Drenched in adrenaline, veiled in violence, 'The Expendables' really is. Expendable, I mean.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
August 20, 2010
The worst action film of the year, and that's saying something.
| Original Score: 1/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
August 20, 2010
In which a bunch of macho has-beens and never-weres splash down in the action pond for one last go-round.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
August 20, 2010
The movie struggles to find a main attraction that's worth the bullets it's printed on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
August 19, 2010
Quit it with the CGI blood spurts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 19, 2010
Exceeded my expectations as concerns dumbness -- and my expectations were high. This movie actually goes beyond being merely dumb; it's more like the nirvana of dumbosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
August 19, 2010
... delivers exactly what the coming attractions promise - a lot of over-the-top action and silliness ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Genevieve Harrison
Empire Magazine
August 19, 2010
For action fans raised on Commando and Cobra, the ensemble cast and '80s-style violence will be pure wish-fulfilment -- but even they could have wished for something better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
August 19, 2010
If you like watching men with no necks thumping each other, this could be your Citizen Kane.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
August 19, 2010
The only reason to watch this film is to see some of the world's most famous action stars returning for one last bout of mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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