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    In Theaters:
    Nov 30, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jan 22, 2013
  • Magnolia Pictures


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Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Reviews

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Ben Kenber
We Got This Covered

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning comes off feeling like the Alien 3 of the franchise, as it becomes, at times, far too nihilistic to be enjoyed.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 6.5/10

November 28, 2012
William Bibbiani

Day of Reckoning, for lack of a better expression, 'goes there.' But like the flight plan of a hijacked plane, it's not necessarily my destination of choice.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 5/10

November 30, 2012
David Guzman
Film Journal International

After five previous movies in the franchise, it may be time to lay down the weapons.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

November 29, 2012
John Semley
Slant Magazine

Like a stiff Schwarzeneggerian conqueror making good on an "I'll be back," John Hyams returns to one-up the franchise again.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 20, 2012
Mike Scott

Aside from perhaps Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren's accountants, it's difficult to say for sure who exactly has been calling for another entry in this francise.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 1/5

December 20, 2012
Kirk Honeycutt

A mash-up of bad vid-game effects and giggle-inducing splatter-movie gore.

Full Review Source: honeycuttshollywood.com | Original Score: 2

November 26, 2012
Robert Levin

An arty action flick that's almost worth watching. The odds of director John Hyams pulling off such a feat were only slightly worse than winning Powerball.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 30, 2012
Rob Vaux

I'd say this film hates women, but that's too limiting. It hates everyone.

Full Review Source: Mania.com | Original Score: F

November 30, 2012
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Several sequences of this gorefest, which is posed between hyperkinetic martial-arts mayhem and near-static moments of confusion and terror, have a gleeful virtuosity that nearly redeems its lumbering longueurs and generic splatter.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

December 10, 2012
Cole Smithey


Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D-

November 23, 2012
Jen Yamato

Adkins, Van Damme, and Lundgren turn in far more compelling work than they did in their last film together, Expendables 2, though maybe that's not saying much.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 4.5/10

September 25, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a bad trip LSD-like movie you either love or hate, no in-between.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C-

December 2, 2012
Scott Bowles
USA Today
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Universal soldiers, it seems, never die, even if they deserve a slow and deliberate farewell.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1/4

November 29, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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"There... is... no... end" Van Damme announces in between blows. As a comment on the current film, I'll agree. As a prediction - all I can do is shudder.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 0/4

November 30, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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It's almost worth wading through the wearisome setup to get to the fun stuff. But there is a reason fast-forward buttons were invented.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

November 27, 2012
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

It's a far cry from what Van Damme and Lundgren were doing twenty years ago, but in the end this film comes off like a band that claims all of the 'right' influences in interviews but can't synthesize good taste into work of merit.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: D+

February 4, 2013
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Earns its stripes as one of those bad movies that's so bad it's good, in its bad way.

Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 2/4

December 14, 2012
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

I found the level of violence in the film repugnant and most of the characters irredeemable, disposable and forgettable. They aren't particularly bright, either. It has the artistic sensibilities of a slaughterhouse.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: F

December 4, 2012
Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
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So gruelingly violent you half wonder if director John Hyams' goal is to make the audience get up and leave the theater rather than be party to the brutality.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

November 28, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Anyone who stumbles into "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning" unprepared is bound to leave shellshocked. Not just because of the movie's brutal violence, but from the stunning realization that this grim franchise will never stop regenerating itself.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

November 29, 2012
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