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First Blood Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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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.
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Variety
March 1, 2007
Director Ted Kotcheff has all sorts of trouble with this mess, aside from credibility.
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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.
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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.
| Original Score: 3/5