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First Blood Reviews

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December 30, 2006
The film is just too somber and preachy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 28, 2002
...An example of the distorting effects that oversensitivity can have on tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Even the biggest fans of this type of film must acknowledge that this is an embarrassingly sloppy production.
Read More | Original Score: 49/100
June 14, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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March 1, 2007
Director Ted Kotcheff has all sorts of trouble with this mess, aside from credibility.
January 3, 2018
As a combination survival and action film, 'First Blood' delivers enough excitement to please fans of this sort of thing, although it must settle logically for a less than wholly satisfying ending.
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
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
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
February 6, 2010
As befits a story of internal conflict, Ted Kotcheff lays out the action in an adroit style derived from Anthony Mann
July 26, 2002
About a million miles better than the brainless sequels.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
This is a dark drama about war and the exorcising of demons, and an unforgettable one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
December 14, 2010
First and most popular Rambo; and yes, bloody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2008
Now that's ballsy.
January 27, 2002
| Original Score: 3.5/5
April 11, 2002
Call it macho crap. Call it mindless escapism. Call it Stallone's grand posturing. In fact, call it all of the above.
| Original Score: 4/5
November 13, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
June 14, 2008
The entryway to the disturbed psychological headspace of a single man, one bent evermore on survival, instinct trumping all.
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