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October 15, 2016
Hilariously bad, yet oddly alluring. It's like watching a train wreck, you can't turn your eyes away, and prime Sharon Stone is always a pretty sight.
½ July 30, 2016
A solid underrated Stallone flick with some cool explosions so what's not to enjoy?, Ok the acting and on screen chemistry with Stone and Stallone wasn't great but you don't go into a Stallone film expecting it to have Oscar winning acting, Having said that James Woods played a pretty good villain but you watch these films to enjoy yourself and that's what you get with this film, It's a slow burner but soon picks up, Worth watching for any Stallone fan.
July 16, 2016
Very entertaining. Excellent cast. Rod Steiger is awesome!
½ June 30, 2016
6/30/2016: A mildly entertaining 90's action movie with a good cast. Stone looked amazing!
April 3, 2016
in the love scene SS looks like he thinks Sharon's neck is a forned beef sandwich
½ January 31, 2016
That seat's taken.

An ex-girlfriend calls her ex-boyfriend and claims to have had her family killed by the mafia. The ex-boyfriend is a former bomb expert for a tactical force but he has retired. He reluctantly begins helping the girl only to find himself caught between the mafia and police officers working for the mafia.

"You know, the next time you order a hit you might want to consider taking out your decorator."

Luis Llosa, director of Sniper, Anaconda, Fire on the Amazon, The Feast of the Goat, and Crime Zone, delivers The Specialist. The storyline for this picture is very straightforward and unimaginative. The action scenes are just okay and the characters are mediocre. The cast delivers average performances and the cast includes Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods, Eric Roberts, and Rod Stieger.

"Anybody shoots and I shoot them."

I recently came across this on Netflix and decided to watch it again for the first time in a long time. I never thought this was anything special and having watched it again...I now know why. Overall, this is a very average addition to the action genre.

"That's new."

Grade: C
October 20, 2015
I suppose there's a reason why I never heard of this movie. All the cool explosions and Sharon Stone's sexy legs couldn't save this one. Heck, not even James Woods being his usual smarmy self made me like this one. The horrible plot combined with the ridiculous romantic subplot is what killed this. No doubt Sly Stallone's worst outing, blegh.
½ April 21, 2015
One generic poorly done movie.
January 31, 2015
Out of my favourite movies of the action and thriller genres 'The Specialist' would have to be one of my worst in these categories. Simply because it delivers several booby trap bombs going off, to eliminate specific targets, and that does sound fun, but not when there's absolutely no point to this movie at all.
The other major downside: Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone star as the two leads, and there's no proper definition or point to their parts.

Sylvester Stallone is ex-CIA Explosives Operative Ray Quick. After leaving the Agency for good the story travels many years further to present day and he is working as a lone earner, receiving high payments from regular people who are in need of an explosives expert for specific jobs that require that sort of technique. He receives a call from a pretty lady called May Munro ( Sharon Stone ), whom sincerely believes she's in need of a man of his explosive talents, but he's filled with doubt. Her problem: is highly personal and she has an undying thirst for vengeance and will stop at nothing to get his help. To Ray Quick's observation: her problem doesn't require his sort of techniques, but he makes up his mind to do the job.

The acting is alright. It's not too debatable like in a lot of American action movies; the performances of Stallone and Stone were expected from the audience to be the show stealers, but they're not really. James Woods is a superb actor in this who gives it a bit of gravity that it needs as nearly everything else makes the movie mentally a flop. The acting of Eric Roberts is also impressive. Woods and Roberts play the sort of perfect villains we always love to see in American action movies, for their villainous approach of their parts gives the movie a bit of delight. Woods is definitely the show stealer; there's no telling who would disagree.
It's not to say the acting of Stallone and Stone was awful; it's just not enough to give the spotlight performances of it.

This movie is based of one of the worst written screenplays. It delivers enough weirdness to make it boring and eventually questionable, with some dodgy pointless explosions caught up in the plot.
Stallone is a great presence to the movie as is Woods, but they're still in the middle of a weird mixture of bad screenplay writing and a misleading direction that needs a bit of work.

Ray Quick is a fine part for Stallone. He always suits those roles perfectly. What's awesome is watching him use big machine guns in awesome roles like John Rambo and we all love that. However in this role he lacks guns, has them hidden somewhere up his sleeves, and is the trigger finger this time for some nasty explosions. The change isn't all bad: he destroys enemies with bombs for a change instead of guns.
It's not all bad.
January 9, 2015
Sylvester Stallone is a specialist bomb maker who's recruited by Sharon Stone to put the three men responsible for her parents' death on ice. The premise is simple enough and the casting of James Woods as the over-the-top villain of the piece adds to the fun, but Stallone and Stone--aesthetically at their sultry best--lack the chemistry required to make us believe in their union. Overall, the film is well paced and the more than competent action and stunt sequences will ensure that this will please its target audience.

A box office hit, it was nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards, winning Worst Actress (Stone) and Worst Screen Couple (Stallone and Stone).
½ December 7, 2014
At some point, every A-list actor winds up in a movie that isn't really worth the hype, and this movie is one of those examples where three big stars (in this case, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone and James Woods) try their best in a movie that can only ever be mediocre. The story isn't very well constructed and it wasn't written very well, but in all fairness, that might be because every aspect of the plot seems all too familiar. Normally in a situation like this, the performances are what should save the day, but for the most part, it doesn't look much better. The acting is quite decent at times, but for most of the film, I wouldn't recommend expecting very stand-out performances (although James Woods makes for quite a competent villain in this film). The production values are decent, but it doesn't look very special at all. Not even the most explosive action scenes in the film make up for the overall mediocrity of this film, and that's perhaps the big problem with this film. While it could have been far worse, it doesn't actually do better. It's a by-the-numbers action movie with surprisingly less emphasis on action, and more of an emphasis on its double-dealing lead female.
½ September 14, 2014
slow and boring. James woods' is having a great time though!
½ September 5, 2014
It's not boring, but it is cheesy, predictable, outrageous, and in some places, unintentionally hilarious.
August 17, 2014
Completely underrated movie
July 6, 2014
A film that had a lot of potential with an intriguing premise and cast but just never came together.
½ July 2, 2014
Just a guilty pleasure film with Sylvester stallone, Sharon stone, and James woods.
April 27, 2014
My Favorite Action Film Is 1988's Die Hard.
½ April 27, 2014
Not a very enjoyable film
March 11, 2014
One of Sly's weakest ever films, and despite the strong supporting cast, this is still very bland and uninteresting with little action or suspense. This also marks the start of his movie slump with the disappointing "Assassins", flawed "Judge Dredd" and awful "Driven" coming up that almost destroyed his career. Only worth a look for Sly completests.
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