The Specialist Reviews

  • Sep 21, 2019

    Not a bad film, no epic masterpiece, but a decent film. Has some good action and a pretty well done story.

    Not a bad film, no epic masterpiece, but a decent film. Has some good action and a pretty well done story.

  • Mar 09, 2019

    Love it , great cast

    Love it , great cast

  • Mar 08, 2019

    The opening scene is a great entrance to the film and i was stoked, but the opening was followed by an obvious, cliche plot and 2D characters.

    The opening scene is a great entrance to the film and i was stoked, but the opening was followed by an obvious, cliche plot and 2D characters.

  • Jan 31, 2019

    Worth watching for James' Woods scenery munching performance, Stone and Stallone's clunky romance and Rod Steiger's impenetrable Cuban accent. Cheese of the highest order.

    Worth watching for James' Woods scenery munching performance, Stone and Stallone's clunky romance and Rod Steiger's impenetrable Cuban accent. Cheese of the highest order.

  • Oct 11, 2018

    Typical Sylvester Stallone movie from the mid 90s a lot of violence and explosions. A great movie if you are a fan of sly. If not it's just another generic action movie. 3/5

    Typical Sylvester Stallone movie from the mid 90s a lot of violence and explosions. A great movie if you are a fan of sly. If not it's just another generic action movie. 3/5

  • Jun 26, 2018

    The specialist is no citizen Kane, in fact it isn't even in the same ballpark as the great action movies of the 90s, but it is a serviceable movie with a dashing lead and a gorgeous femme fatale of a leading lady in Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone respectively. Shot deftly by Peruvian director Luis Llosa the film falters if you try to think too much- which is what the critics at the time did. Stallone is beefy enough and still in his prime to run around Miami and the likes with Stone in tow. You should watch the Specialist if you happen to belong in the following two categories: a.) Fans of Sylvester Stallone; b.) Nostalgic need for older action films.

    The specialist is no citizen Kane, in fact it isn't even in the same ballpark as the great action movies of the 90s, but it is a serviceable movie with a dashing lead and a gorgeous femme fatale of a leading lady in Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone respectively. Shot deftly by Peruvian director Luis Llosa the film falters if you try to think too much- which is what the critics at the time did. Stallone is beefy enough and still in his prime to run around Miami and the likes with Stone in tow. You should watch the Specialist if you happen to belong in the following two categories: a.) Fans of Sylvester Stallone; b.) Nostalgic need for older action films.

  • Jun 25, 2018

    Laughably bad. It was hard to get to the end....

    Laughably bad. It was hard to get to the end....

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    Gimly M Super Reviewer
    Jun 04, 2018

    A bomber makes for about as heroic a protagonist as you might expect. There is no reason to put yourself through the plodding pretentiousness of The Specialist unless you, like I was, are on some sort of quest to watch the entire 80s-90s Stallone filography.

    A bomber makes for about as heroic a protagonist as you might expect. There is no reason to put yourself through the plodding pretentiousness of The Specialist unless you, like I was, are on some sort of quest to watch the entire 80s-90s Stallone filography.

  • Dec 26, 2017

    You can file this film under Enjoyably bad. It is oddly a pretty enjoyable movie warts and all. This was made during the boom of erotic thrillers of the 90's and at the time Sharon Stone was at the top of the bill. Pairing her with Sly Stallone for an erotic thriller was a step too far for his fans and hers but nowadays it adds a bit of charm. The tones of this film are all over the place and it uncomfortably jumps between cable TV eroticism to hitman movie and does neither particularly well. James Woods saves the day with an over the top villain that is fun to watch for the brief scenes he has. The main problem here is Stallone who is clearly out of his comfort zone and it shows. The film starts with teasing telephone conversations between himself and Stone, with the intent to build the sexual tension, It does not. We just get a series of embarrassing semi nude scenes that are more funny than sexy! They both, very oddly are undressing while talking on the phone? The pair had no chemistry during these scenes and when they finally meet up for a shower room scene...my, oh my is it bad. Both of them look very uncomfortable and the scene is one of the worst love scenes you will ever see, cringe worthy.but a must. Stone was at the the peak of her box office appeal when this was made but she is criminally underused. Her storyline about infiltrating the mob and plotting to kill them should have been the central focus of the movie but is pushed aside and she is reduced to eye candy. She seduces the mob bosses son and slowly plots to kill them by hiring a hitman. Her motivation is clear as we see flashbacks involving the mobsters killing her family but the film moves its focus to Sly's "specialist". He is a bomb expert who worked with James Woods but is now a contract killer that only kills bad guys, i presume!? Woods his old partner, who went rogue on a mission, seen through more flashbacks is now a mercenary that does security for mobsters?! adding to a confused and convoluted plot. The film eventually ditches the erotic thriller vehicle and moves into a cat and mouse game between Sly and James Woods that is pretty fun for the last hour of the movie. Stone holds her own in her scenes with Woods and eventually they would both star in a better film, Casino. Overall this film as i said is enjoyably bad due to the all star cast and some mind boggling scenes, one involving Stallone on a bus, apparently keeping the peace by throwing a man through a bus window?! bizarre choice. They don't make films like this anymore but this is a guilty pleasure for 90s fans.

    You can file this film under Enjoyably bad. It is oddly a pretty enjoyable movie warts and all. This was made during the boom of erotic thrillers of the 90's and at the time Sharon Stone was at the top of the bill. Pairing her with Sly Stallone for an erotic thriller was a step too far for his fans and hers but nowadays it adds a bit of charm. The tones of this film are all over the place and it uncomfortably jumps between cable TV eroticism to hitman movie and does neither particularly well. James Woods saves the day with an over the top villain that is fun to watch for the brief scenes he has. The main problem here is Stallone who is clearly out of his comfort zone and it shows. The film starts with teasing telephone conversations between himself and Stone, with the intent to build the sexual tension, It does not. We just get a series of embarrassing semi nude scenes that are more funny than sexy! They both, very oddly are undressing while talking on the phone? The pair had no chemistry during these scenes and when they finally meet up for a shower room scene...my, oh my is it bad. Both of them look very uncomfortable and the scene is one of the worst love scenes you will ever see, cringe worthy.but a must. Stone was at the the peak of her box office appeal when this was made but she is criminally underused. Her storyline about infiltrating the mob and plotting to kill them should have been the central focus of the movie but is pushed aside and she is reduced to eye candy. She seduces the mob bosses son and slowly plots to kill them by hiring a hitman. Her motivation is clear as we see flashbacks involving the mobsters killing her family but the film moves its focus to Sly's "specialist". He is a bomb expert who worked with James Woods but is now a contract killer that only kills bad guys, i presume!? Woods his old partner, who went rogue on a mission, seen through more flashbacks is now a mercenary that does security for mobsters?! adding to a confused and convoluted plot. The film eventually ditches the erotic thriller vehicle and moves into a cat and mouse game between Sly and James Woods that is pretty fun for the last hour of the movie. Stone holds her own in her scenes with Woods and eventually they would both star in a better film, Casino. Overall this film as i said is enjoyably bad due to the all star cast and some mind boggling scenes, one involving Stallone on a bus, apparently keeping the peace by throwing a man through a bus window?! bizarre choice. They don't make films like this anymore but this is a guilty pleasure for 90s fans.

  • Sep 01, 2017

    Can't believe no one else thinks this movie is SPECIAL...Woods is Brilliant, Sly is Slick and Stone is Smashing in this Avenging Sweet Revenge Action Flick. And Eric Roberts...OMG YUM YUM.

    Can't believe no one else thinks this movie is SPECIAL...Woods is Brilliant, Sly is Slick and Stone is Smashing in this Avenging Sweet Revenge Action Flick. And Eric Roberts...OMG YUM YUM.