Bullet to the Head (2013)



Critic Consensus: Bullet to the Head's unapologetically trashy thrills evoke memories of its star and director's proud cinematic pasts -- but sadly, those memories are just about all it has to offer.

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Based on a graphic novel, Bullet to the Head tells the story of a New Orleans hitman (Stallone) and a DC cop (Kang) who form an alliance to bring down the killers of their respective partners. -- (C) Warner Bros
R (for strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Sylvester Stallone
as James Bonomo
Sung Kang
as Taylor Kwon
Sarah Shahi
as Lisa Bonomo
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
as Robert Nkomo Morel
Jason Momoa
as Keegan
Christian Slater
as Marcus Baptiste
Jon Seda
as Louis Blanchard
Holt McCallany
as Hank Greely
Brian Van Holt
as Ronnie Earl
Dane Rhodes
as L.T. Lebreton
Marcus Lyle Brown
as Detective Towne
Andrew Austin-Peterson
as Crawfish Hollow Band Member
Paul Etheredge
as Crawfish Hollow Band Member
Robert Cavan Carruth
as Crawfish Hollow Band Member
Louis Michot
as Crawfish Hollow Band Member
Andre Michot
as Crawfish Hollow Band Member
Lacey Minchew
as Crawfish Hollow Bartender
Dana Gourrier
as Deputy Coroner
Robert Larriviere
as Forensic Scientist
Don Yesso
as St. Charles Bartender
Douglas M. Griffin
as Baby Jack Lemoyne
Tiffany Reiff
as Tattoo Customer
Jackson Beals
as French Lick Bartender
Donna DuPlantier
as Newscaster
Andrea Frankle
as Masseuse
Teri Wyble
as Belle
Don Tai
as Kim
Milos Milicevic
as Tall Goon
Kara Bowman
as Medic
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Critic Reviews for Bullet to the Head

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (32)

Hill's eye for back alley scuzz is as strong as ever, but the story, adapted from a French graphic novel by Alexis Nolent, is so die-cut it gives neither him nor Stallone anything to work with.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

On its own degenerate terms, the movie works.

Full Review… | February 3, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

It's a series of fight scenes that build to a climax that is surprisingly unsatisfying in the way it ultimately plays out.

Full Review… | February 3, 2013
Top Critic

Sylvester Stallone shoots people in the face. That's it for subtext in this formula action swill. Why do I sound like I should expect more. Because the credits list the director as Walter Hill.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Bullet to the Head doesn't try to adapt its star to 2013. It just pretends that we're still living in 1986. And for 91 minutes, it just about works.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Stallone can still be entertaining, but here he's got no character to play, nothing fun to say, and the craziest hair/hairpiece/scalp growth this side of John Travolta.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bullet to the Head

Derivative, formulaic and clichéd action film, Bullet to the Head is a bland movie that fails to grab your attention due to a lack of originality, good performances and well executed action scenes. This is a bad film, one that is not worth your time and it's a pointless affair that just doesn't offer anything of note. Walter Hill direction is incoherent, and it's a shame because he has made some great films throughout his career, but this is among his worst yet. If you're expecting something great here, you'll be greatly disappointed as the film is pretty stupid in the way it tackles its action scenes. The film, like I said, just doesn't deliver and recycles old ideas from previous action films to create something "new". The film is boring, uninteresting fails to grab your attention. This is a pointless waste of time, a film that is so sloppily written and thought out that it's not worth your time. Sylvester Stallone has made far better films than this, and here he delivers a painfully dull performance that simply doesn't do anything to keep you interested. Bullet to the Head is a wasted opportunity to make something quite interesting and worth your time, but instead it just takes bits and pieces to create something that in the end is not worth watching because the film lacks a good story, effective action and more importantly good performances and interesting characters. This is a forgettable affair that ranks among Sly's worst movies, and it's a film that not worth your time. Walter Hill has made better films, and Bullet to the Head is easily a forgettable film in his long and distinguished filmography.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


3 3/4's---I rather surprisingly enjoyed this, especailly since I expected to hate it. I found the dialogue witty, and the action scenes really decent. The highlight of the movie was with Jason Momoa (who is climbing my list of favorite actors), and Sly having a pretty cool fight with axes. I think maybe I just have a soft spot for Sly movies, as of late. He sure LOOKS great for an old guy....

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Walter Hill's Bullet to the Head misses its mark.

The 90 minute story is dull, unexciting, and full of predictable plot details. Yes, there is definite room for improvement when it comes to the writing, but it could also have been a lot worse.

The violence is where this picture excels. The shootings are bloody and what better way to live up to its title by delivering a lot of head shots, backed by some decent cinematography.

While muffled and blunt at times, Sylvester Stallone's persona is fit for his hitman character. Sung Kang is a disappointment due to his dialogue and line delivery. It's hard to argue with the beauty of Sarah Shahi, so its best to leave it at that. Jason Momoa proves to be a solid adversary for Stallone and the cell phone product placement is big enough to almost warrant a character name for it.

Bullet to the Head puts some bullets in the head, but it doesn't do much more than that. Watchable once and that's it.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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