Universal Soldier Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
July 9, 2012
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 | Original Score: C-
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 3, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Brian Lowry
November 3, 2008
Leaves behind almost as many derisive laughs as dead bodies.

November 3, 2008
It may be little more than an expensive arcade game for overgrown kids, but it moves too fast for critical flak to stick.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Mostly this is an amalgam of ideas, images and whole scenes lifted from other movies.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 11, 2003
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
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
In the end, the main drawback is the brainlessness of the story and the lack of a believable emotional payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
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.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
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.
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Universal Soldier may flex its muscles at every opportunity, but it's still second-rate Schwarzenegger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Even with this early movie, [Emmerich] had a propensity for stealing clichés from other movies...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The action and the campiness barrel along in entertaining counterpoint. You can laugh when you're not absorbed with truck chases.
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Perhaps Van Damme and Lundgren trade blows more easily than lines, but the whole affair is enjoyable in a mindless way.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 4, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 26, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Emanuel Levy
June 19, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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