Movies Like Universal Soldier

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19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $2.6M
88% The Drop $2.0M
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Universal Soldier Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

There's a decent bit of escapism in here somewhere, but Emmerich doesn't possess the finesse to make the material rampage as it should.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C-

July 9, 2012
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

There are some pretty decent stunts-especially the one where the two main Uni-Sols go rappelling face-first down Hoover Dam-but they hardly make this $23-million turkey worth your eight bucks.

Full Review Source: Georgia Straight | Original Score: 1/5

July 6, 2010

TV Guide's Movie Guide

With no real plot tying them together, the impressively staged big scenes become empty exercises in logistics, while the smaller scenes never develop any momentum.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

November 3, 2008
Brian Lowry
Variety
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Leaves behind almost as many derisive laughs as dead bodies.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 3, 2008

Film4

It may be little more than an expensive arcade game for overgrown kids, but it moves too fast for critical flak to stick.

Full Review Source: Film4

November 3, 2008
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Mostly this is an amalgam of ideas, images and whole scenes lifted from other movies.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Roland Emmerich's best film, and Lundgren's best acting job. Admittedly that ain't saying much in either case, but a fun flick all in all.

| Original Score: 4/5

June 11, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Mr. Lundgren, who glowers his way all too convincingly through the role of a rabid bully, may well be the only man in the universe who can make Mr. Van Damme look like an actor.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

In the end, the main drawback is the brainlessness of the story and the lack of a believable emotional payoff.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Though the idea is dumb enough to be fun, director Roland Emmerich does the Terminator thing without much style, and the two stars bash into each other but never connect.

May 12, 2001
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Carolco seems to cut these guys out with cookie cutters. They seem to be martial artists with foreign accents, and the way some people habitually smoke after sex, they pun after killing people.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

January 1, 2000
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle

Universal Soldier may flex its muscles at every opportunity, but it's still second-rate Schwarzenegger.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Even with this early movie, [Emmerich] had a propensity for stealing clichés from other movies...

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I suppose there is a market for this sort of thing among bubblebrained adolescents of all ages, but it takes a good chase scene indeed to rouse me from the lethargy induced by dozens and dozens of essentially similar sequences.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The action and the campiness barrel along in entertaining counterpoint. You can laugh when you're not absorbed with truck chases.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
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Perhaps Van Damme and Lundgren trade blows more easily than lines, but the whole affair is enjoyable in a mindless way.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

September 7, 2011
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

April 4, 2006
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

| Original Score: 1/5

June 26, 2005
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 2/5

June 19, 2005
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