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The Expendables Reviews

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
The movie had been billed as a throwback to the action flicks of the 1980s, but that pitch turns out to be false advertising.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 3, 2011
The rest of the mayhem is simply ultraviolent, nonstop, and numbing. Better jokes might have helped.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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David Jenkins
Time Out
August 19, 2010
If you like watching men with no necks thumping each other, this could be your Citizen Kane.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
August 16, 2010
Stallone's boasted that he's made the drunk uncle of all dumb action movies and in several ways he has
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 13, 2010
What you will find is both familiar in its contours and unique in its casting.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 13, 2010
It's not the age of the actors that makes The Expendables expendable. It's the stale storytelling.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
August 13, 2010
The Expendables isn't as much fun as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
August 13, 2010
I's a bit like a trip to the gym on a flat tire.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 13, 2010
Sylvester Stallone's gun-emptying, blade-tossing, clandestine action flick "The Expendables" is great fun. Sure, this declaration comes with caveats, but do you really need to hear them?
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 13, 2010
As a whole, the movie, whose title dimly evokes "They Were Expendable," a 1945 John Ford combat picture starring John Wayne and Robert Montgomery, might more aptly be described as Bad Kurosawa, Bad Peckinpah or Bad Leone.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
August 13, 2010
The world has changed since Rambo and Arnold held sway, which isn't the film's fault. But it's going to be held accountable anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
August 13, 2010
Also the Predictables, the Forgettables and they kinda look like the Anabolic Steroidables...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 13, 2010
If you accept The Expendables for what it is -- Stallone having some simple, stupid fun -- you may be surprised to find yourself joining him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 13, 2010
Bullets, knives and bare hands fly in an incomprehensible vortex as arms and heads and body parts get thrown into the melee.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 13, 2010
The brain-dead male equivalent of Sex and the City 2.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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August 13, 2010
Rather than reviving the actors' 80s heyday, The Expendables only demonstrates how much action films have changed in recent years.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 13, 2010
There's no one to blame but Stallone for action sequences that degenerate into incoherence, to the point where it's impossible to know who's truck is exploding and who's shooting at whom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 13, 2010
While Stallone's film won't win any Oscars, it gives off a dopey genre high that's hard not to catch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 13, 2010
This is truly a movie that nobody needs -- gratuitously savage, implausible and sometimes incoherent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 12, 2010
Friends may not let friends die alone, but bogus philosophizing is apparently business as usual.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 12, 2010
Stallone! Willis! Schwarzenegger! They're lovin' it, so I guess we have to, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
August 12, 2010
Delivers pretty much exactly what its audience wants and expects: big, dumb, campy fun so deliriously, comically macho, it's remarkable that no one in the cast died of testosterone poisoning.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
August 12, 2010
It's willfully out of date, like an aging hair band that can't pack away the spandex.
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
August 12, 2010
Borrows liberally from such male-bonding classics as Robert Aldrich's The Dirty Dozen and Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, but offers not a whiff of the tragic fatalism and astute critique of machismo that inform those superior dramas.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 12, 2010
It yawningly snaps into place as yet another series of explosions that are dressed up with no place to blow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
August 12, 2010
... what winds up in the picture's largely lazy grasp is largely evidence of the influence of, well, any number of cheap and often straight-to-video testosterone fests.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 12, 2010
Expendables is the closest thing to movie Viagra yet invented. It's reprehensible. It's stoopid violent. It's a lot of unholy fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 12, 2010
Unfortunately, there's a limit to the effectiveness of this kind of influence.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 11, 2010
Sure, it's fun, after a fashion, to see them all in the same place, kicking and creaking. But that's about all it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 11, 2010
The shootouts are epic, but the stuff leading up to them is lame.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 11, 2010
As for Stallone, he grimaces purposefully in his El Greco beard, and he keeps the body count coming so that it sates you like a junk-food craving fulfilled.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 11, 2010
The thought behind this body-splattering nostalgia trip is unformed and stagnant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
August 10, 2010
This is action as timeless as the reptilian brain.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 9, 2010
The Expendables is savage yet inert, and breathtakingly sleazy in its lack of imagination.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
August 4, 2010
The body count is high and the personalities click in this old-school testosterone fest.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
August 4, 2010
Take the cast away, and there's not much more here than the straight-to-DVD schlock that has kept conspicuously absent rivals Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme busy of late.