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Universal Soldier Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 1/5

December 30, 2002
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
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

| Original Score: 2/5

July 25, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

| Original Score: 1/5

July 27, 2002
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
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.

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January 1, 2000
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
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
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

| Original Score: 1/5

June 26, 2005
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
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
Brian Lowry
Variety
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Leaves behind almost as many derisive laughs as dead bodies.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 3, 2008
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine

| Original Score: 1/5

November 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
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
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
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

| Original Score: 1/5

June 14, 2004
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 2/5

June 19, 2005
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

September 7, 2011

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
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