The Expendables 3 (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Expendables 3 (2014)



Critic Consensus: Like its predecessors, Expendables 3 offers a modicum of all-star thrills for old-school action thriller aficionados -- but given all the talent assembled, it should have been a lot more fun.

Movie Info

In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill... or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables' most personal battle yet. Lionsgate and Millennium Films present a Nu Image production. (C) Lionsgatemore
Rating: PG-13 (for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Katrin Benedikt, Creighton Rothenberger, Sylvester Stallone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 25, 2014
Lionsgate Pictures - Official Site


Sylvester Stallone
as Barney Ross
Jason Statham
as Lee Christmas
Jet Li
as Yin Yang
Dolph Lundgren
as Gunnar Jensen
Mel Gibson
as Conrad Stonebanks
Kellan Lutz
as John Smilee
Terry Crews
as Hale Caesar
Randy Couture
as Toll Road
Kelsey Grammer
as Bonaparte
Daniel Angelov
as Local Cop #2
Dimitar Doichinov
as Head Bodyguard
Boswell Maloka
as Somali Drug Warlord
Natalie Burn
as Conrad's Wife
Velizar Binev
as Art Broker
Sarai Givaty
as Camilla
Frank Pesce
as Fight Watcher
Thomas Canestraro
as Conrad's Henchman
Thomas Canestrano
as Conrad's Henchman
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News & Interviews for The Expendables 3

Critic Reviews for The Expendables 3

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (34)

The movie borrows so liberally from other action films that it starts to feel at times a bit like a BuzzFeed listicle.

Full Review… | December 31, 2015
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Its most interesting lines are on the foreheads of its stars, more than ever imbuing the film with the kind of world weariness that can't be faked.

Full Review… | April 10, 2016

Can we all agree that three of these is enough?

Full Review… | March 26, 2016
The Film Stage

The Expendables 2 (2012) was somehow a marked improvement, with better action and more downtime between characters ... but it was less of a hit. And now THE EXPENDABLES 3 moves back in the wrong direction again.

Full Review… | February 24, 2016
Common Sense Media

And I'm the guy who usually likes this kind of crap.

Full Review… | June 9, 2015
Spliced Personality

The Expendables 3 feels like the once badass dad trying to appease to the kids; when he should have been beating the crap out of them for talking smack.

Full Review… | January 7, 2015
2UE That Movie Show

Audience Reviews for The Expendables 3


The third installment of the star-studded-mercenary-faction continues to bring in all the thrills you'd come to know from the franchise as well as the flaws. (Second-rate CGI/effects & the usual cheesy, nostalgic one-liners.) But if you're in to the explosive action with no substance & a surplus of star power, then this film's for you. 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Patrick Hughes blows it all with The Expendables 3.

Opening with balls to the walls action, the 120 minute story grasps hard at the start and again at the finish, leaving a little bit of a breather in between. The film has its ups and downs with the light plot and its lefts and rights with the action, going both old school and new school with its characters.

The body count is high and the action is over the top explosive bundled with some hit and miss CG. The violence is mild, however, leading to a PG-13 rating.

The plethora of characters may seem like a chore to follow, but it really isn't that bad, especially with little in the way of background. Sylvester Stallone carries the film on his back, while everyone else is along for the ride. Ronda Rousey is a fresh female face in a sea of male characters. Antonio Banderas is a scene stealer in his own right.

The Expendables 3 isn't afraid to let it loose, and while this takes away some of the seriousness, it's all good clean fun in the end.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

The explosions and guns are peppered throughout this bad boy, but it suffers from being less gory than the first one and less silly fun than the second. It's highest redeeming factor is Gibson's surprisingly potent performance.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

The Expendables 3 Quotes

Barney Ross: Don't trust the government. They eat their young.
– Submitted by Alice R (21 months ago)
Barney Ross: Now I know why your team dropped you.
– Submitted by Da˝o Q (21 months ago)
Galgo: Courageous...but insane.
– Submitted by Debra W (21 months ago)
Conrad Stonebanks: You want the kids? Come and get them.
– Submitted by Jean R (21 months ago)

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