Bullet to the Head

2013

Bullet to the Head

Critics 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.

46%

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Total Count: 140

39%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 27,811
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Movie Info

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

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Cast

Sylvester Stallone
as James Bonomo
Sung Kang
as Taylor Kwon
Sarah Shahi
as Lisa Bonomo
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
as Robert Nkomo Morel
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
Milos Milicevic
as Tall Goon
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Critic Reviews for Bullet to the Head

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (34)

  • 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.

    Feb 4, 2013 | Full Review…
  • On its own degenerate terms, the movie works.

    Feb 4, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It's a series of fight scenes that build to a climax that is surprisingly unsatisfying in the way it ultimately plays out.

    Feb 3, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 2, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 1, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 1, 2013 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

    TheWrap
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bullet to the Head

  • Mar 30, 2015
    On the one hand, James Bonomo(Sylvester Stallone), a hitman, would very much like to to avenge the death of his partner Louis(Jon Sena) who died at the hands of Keegan(Jason Momoa). At the same time, Taylor Kwon(Sung Kang), a police detective, arrives from Washington DC to New Orleans to investigate the death of his former partner, James and Louis' last victim. That leads to James saving Taylor's life, against his worse instincts, even bringing him to his daughter Lisa(Sarah Shahi), a tattoo artist, in order to be stitched up. "Bullet to the Head" is a flat, uninspired and banal revenge action movie that does not even have the proper energy to try to be a proper buddy movie. That's not to mention a truly convoluted plot that again proves how often a real estate scam does not make for scintillating drama. All of which is a shame considering Walter Hill should know better with his long and acclaimed track record. At least, he cast Sarah Shahi even though she is not given much to do and Jason Momoa who walks around he like owns the room and does.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2014
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2014
    Miscasting is one of the major problems with this buddy action film. The big question was one actor miscast or were they both miscast. There is no on screen chemistry between Stallone and Kang. On screen chemistry between the two leads is the key to make this kind of film work. They had a good idea for a film, but they didn't execute it correctly. It needed a rewrite. It was predictable. I wasn't surprised by what happened in the film. The best part of the film was the fight scene at the end of the film between Stallone and Momoa. This is a big disappointment for director Walter Hill. Hill has done some great films such as 48 Hours, Streets of Fire, Red Heat, to name a few. The last good film that I saw that Hill directed was Geronimo. I felt like I have seen Stallone play this type of role before. He reminded me a lot of some of his past characters like in Assassins, The Specialist, and Get Carter. Sung Kang was better in the Fast and Furious films than here. Jason Momoa steals the film. He would be really good playing a Terminator in a Terminator film. I would say, skip it.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2013
    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 Super Reviewer

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