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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.
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.
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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