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First Blood Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 13, 2012
The character of John Rambo is so identified with Stallone that it's amusing to note how many actors were considered for the role, including Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 15, 2012
a powerful, complex and captivating film that serves as a blockbuster action film and a serious drama
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010
First and most popular Rambo; and yes, bloody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
February 6, 2010
As befits a story of internal conflict, Ted Kotcheff lays out the action in an adroit style derived from Anthony Mann
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James Berardinelli
April 30, 2009
The darker tone, somber subtext, and generally non-exploitative violence allow viewers to enjoy the film not only as an action/thriller but as something with a degree of intelligence and substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 14, 2008
The entryway to the disturbed psychological headspace of a single man, one bent evermore on survival, instinct trumping all.
Josh Larsen
May 13, 2008
...does get loonier as it goes along, yet for a while it's actually a mournful and sobering action-movie treatment of postwar stress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Humanick
Stranger Song
February 5, 2008
Now that's ballsy.
January 29, 2008
One of the all time most kick ass movie.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 24, 2008
...First Blood primarily comes off as a relatively tame survivalism flick...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 1, 2007
This action film hangs on an interesting reversal, taking the crazed-killer-in-the-woods theme from Friday the 13th and turning it inside out-- the psychopath is now our hero, a maladjusted ex-Green Beret played by Sylvester Stallone.

TV Guide
March 1, 2007
An effective, if outlandish, picture that exists merely for its big-screen thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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March 1, 2007
Director Ted Kotcheff has all sorts of trouble with this mess, aside from credibility.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 30, 2006
The film is just too somber and preachy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chuck O'Leary
February 16, 2006
The film that introduced John Rambo is a gripping survival adventure with an emotional ending that's downright moving. Jerry Goldsmith contributes an excellent musical score.
Read More | Original Score: 8/10
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
As a Stallone vehicle this is sleek, slick and not unexciting, but crassly castrates the David Morrell novel on which it is based.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 7, 2005
Stallone's dogged tale of survival seems so fresh you'd swear it was made last week . . . except for the sad truth that they don't make 'em like that anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 21, 2004
Rambo defeats the United States!!! The reason there shouldn't be sequels.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Sylvester Stallone is one of the great physical actors in the movies, with a gift for throwing himself so fearlessly into an action scene that we can't understand why somebody doesn't really get hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
First Blood is ragged and flashy; it ought to be a big success with audiences that value action for its own sake.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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