Universal Soldier Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 30, 2002

| Original Score: 1/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
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
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002

| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 27, 2002

| Original Score: 1/5
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-
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.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

Mostly this is an amalgam of ideas, images and whole scenes lifted from other movies.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
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.

Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 26, 2005

| Original Score: 1/5
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
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
Brian Lowry
Top Critic
November 3, 2008

Leaves behind almost as many derisive laughs as dead bodies.

Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
November 20, 2003

| Original Score: 1/5
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
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
Janet Maslin
New York Times
Top Critic
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.

Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 14, 2004

| Original Score: 1/5
Emanuel Levy
June 19, 2005

| Original Score: 2/5
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
September 7, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: D+

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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