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Film4
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 4, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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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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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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.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
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-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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
Variety
November 3, 2008
Leaves behind almost as many derisive laughs as dead bodies.
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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.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 26, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 19, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 14, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
November 20, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
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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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 30, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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