misses many opportunities to truly exploit its old-school ethos, instead falling into the trap of hyper-edited incoherence
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 5/10
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Stallone's dozens of remaining fans know exactly what to expect, and he gives it to them good and hard.
| Original Score: 1/5
Botched sensitivity aside, The Expendables delivers epic action.
Not since Rocky worked out in a meat locker has Sylvester Stallone surrounded himself with so much aging beef.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
It's an A-grade cast all right, but there's no escaping that this is a B-movie.
| Original Score: 3/5
Drenched in adrenaline, veiled in violence, 'The Expendables' really is. Expendable, I mean.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The worst action film of the year, and that's saying something.
| Original Score: 1/5
In which a bunch of macho has-beens and never-weres splash down in the action pond for one last go-round.
The movie struggles to find a main attraction that's worth the bullets it's printed on.
Quit it with the CGI blood spurts.
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.
... delivers exactly what the coming attractions promise - a lot of over-the-top action and silliness ...
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.
If you like watching men with no necks thumping each other, this could be your Citizen Kane.
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.
A piece of sclerotic all-star machismo about as exciting as Veterans' Arm-Wrestling Night at the Hollywood Bowl.