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The Expendables Reviews

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Jeff Beck
September 23, 2012
What we end up with is an incomprehensible, overly-long explosion-fest that could have easily been retitled "A.D.D.: The Motion Picture."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 30, 2011
... It's a little like meeting up with old friends, only to come away deflated, realising you just don't have that much to talk about any more.
Joshua Starnes
March 21, 2011
If you are a connoisseur of the Steven Seagal flavor of direct-to-DVD action film, seeing all these guys up on screen actually is a lot of fun. It doesn't make it a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it's still a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2010
Final notes: this is a movie in which Dolph Lundgren is expected to convincingly portray a junkie and have an American accent. Also, Jet Li plays a character called Yin Yang. Do with this information what you will.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK
August 24, 2010
Unless you've got a burning desire to see some old-timers trying to turn back the clocks and running around in a film they know in their heart-of-hearts is more at home on the small screen, wait for the DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
August 5, 2010
Strip away the modern day polish and the bluster of its gimmicky (though admittedly satisfying) cast and you're left with an 80s-esque action spectacle. That's the point, of course, but it isn't enough to earn the film a genuine recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
August 11, 2010
Give me Bradley Cooper driving a tank in mid-air, any day.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 11, 2010
The shootouts are epic, but the stuff leading up to them is lame.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
August 12, 2010
When The Expendables revs up and becomes the loud, explosive machismo parade that it's meant to be, it works. But when it doesn't, it's rather abysmal.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 26, 2010
Except for 'youngster' Jason Statham, Stallone's band of geriatric heroes are pretty creaky
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 12, 2010
Is it fun? Sort of. But it shoulda coulda been a ton of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Terry Staunton
Radio Times
August 19, 2010
The impressive-sounding cast only temporarily distracts from a plot riddled with holes, clichéd dialogue and fight sequences too reliant on quick edits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Foster
August 11, 2010
There is no avoiding the fact that (Schwarzenegger) and Stallone look every bit their age; Willis, Lundgren and Li still move well, but close-ups do none of these actors any favours.
Adam Lippe
August 13, 2010
As with Rambo, we get bullets that cause heads to literally explode. That should have been the tone all along, but Stallone just can't let his movie be terrible enough to be entertaining.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
August 15, 2010
With only a couple of artistic virtues and even fewer moral attributes to its credit..."The Expendables" is wretched.
Full Review | Original Score: D
August 12, 2010
The big set piece at the end is impressive...proving that Stallone really is a formidable action director. It is just a pity it takes so long to get there.
Read More | Original Score: C+
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
August 20, 2010
The worst action film of the year, and that's saying something.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
Drew McWeeny
August 9, 2010
Taken as a whole, The Expendables is a disappointment, and a frustrating one at that.
Laurence Boyce
The Baltic Times
December 13, 2011
This has been clearly aimed at - pardon the pun - diehard action film fans. Anyone else, who might expect a vague sense of irony, will be sorely disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Scott
August 13, 2010
Given the similarities between the two films -- the muddled fight scenes, the occasional one-liners, the over-the-top violence, used to camouflage the narrative weaknesses -- this easily could have been titled Rambo V.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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