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Bullet to the Head Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 4, 2013
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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 4, 2013
On its own degenerate terms, the movie works.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 3, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
February 1, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 1, 2013
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 1, 2013
The Geritol action genre lumbers on in the lackluster "Bullet to the Head," starring Sylvester Stallone, or at least a beef jerky replica.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 1, 2013
In "Bullet to the Head" violence is abrupt, shattering and consequential. It's not for laughs. It's graphic and unsettling, and it makes us feel uneasy, as we should, about the world the characters inhabit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
February 1, 2013
All sorts of blockheaded action thrillers rolled into one, with occasional mentions of "flash drives" so you know it's not actually a script from 1986.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 1, 2013
Entertaining if nonsensical ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 1, 2013
Plays like such a floundering exercise in macho overcompensation that you almost feel sorry for it. Almost.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
January 31, 2013
"Bullet to the Head" is an adrenaline shot to your movie memory if the blunt, gleefully dumb, no-nonsense ways of '80s-style action flicks are your nostalgia drug of choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 31, 2013
By the end I could have used a Bulleit to the mouth.
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
January 31, 2013
[Its] sole redeeming quality is that it ends. Eventually.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 31, 2013
No one here seems to notice that there's not much going on, including Mr. Stallone, which somehow makes it easier to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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January 31, 2013
The plot fails to deliver a single surprise ... and the characterizations are thin even by the standards of the tough-guy genre.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 31, 2013
The magic is in the details, from the little surprises to the colorful casting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 31, 2013
Bullet to the Head indicates that we're rapidly approaching an era of big-bang movies with stars on mobility scooters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
January 31, 2013
It's just director Walter Hill tweaking his formula from the "48 Hrs." franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
January 31, 2013
Cut together like a beer commercial on poorly lit cheap video without much panache.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 31, 2013
Yup, it's Sylvester Stallone, back for another round as an aging action-movie star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
January 31, 2013
An unapologetic rock 'em, sock 'em rumble of exploding squibs and bourbon bottles, the film could just as easily have been titled "Guns, Boobs and Booze."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2013
If it doesn't exactly break new ground, Bullet to the Head reminds you of the pleasures of a genre that today is exploited primarily for comedy or satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
January 31, 2013
Fans of generic genre action will get their money's worth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 31, 2013
Even by contemporary standards, this is a brutal and stupid movie.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 31, 2013
The style here - hairline-to-chin close-ups, nervous, jacked-up editing - isn't Hill at his best. But the movie has a certain grungy panache ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 31, 2013
Hill works his usual magic on the big confrontations -- the punches hit so hard that the sound of ax handles clacking isn't much blunter -- but elevating a generic piece of future cable-filler isn't the same as salvaging it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
January 31, 2013
This is the kind of brainless action movie Sylvester Stallone would have starred in circa 1985. That it stars a Stallone who's closer to 70 than 60 is just ... weird.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
January 30, 2013
Stallone looks great (even if his face doesn't quite move when he talks), while Hill brings lean economy to the film's bloody, unapologetic mayhem.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 30, 2013
Residual affection for the talent and a certain '80s nostalgia will make this amenable to some, but, in all honesty, it's not up to much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
November 14, 2012
To claim the dialogue is written to comfort the narratively challenged would be mere quibbling, as the pic's chief pleasure lies in its store of funny lines, which Stallone tosses off with genuine brio.
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
November 14, 2012
A hard-hitting exercise in beefy, brainless fun...