The Predator Reviews

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September 12, 2018
Racially offensive quips, flagrant sexism and Tourette syndrome gags all contribute to this witless, scare-free junk.
September 12, 2018
Not only is it utterly unnecessary, it's also surprisingly bad.
September 12, 2018
The problem with The Predator (which Black co-scripted with Fred Dekker)is that we are watching three separate films, joined together like unwieldy pieces of lego.
September 12, 2018
Earth hath not anything to show more daft than The Predator.
September 12, 2018
From time to time its mix of foul-mouthed bro camaraderie and in-your-face violence nods in the direction of modest entertainment value, but the net effect is a whiplash-inducing muddle.
September 12, 2018
The movie's storyline as a whole fits in really well with the rest of the series, and it does a great job of paying homage to the original "Predator" movie by starting out in a jungle-like setting.
September 12, 2018
Similar to the scenario of the original picture, it's a band of grizzled soldier types who battle the alien menaces. Missing, however, is a formidable leading-man presence in the Schwarzenegger mold.
September 12, 2018
Wilfully offensive and powered by a chest-thumping machismo, but it's good clean fun.
September 12, 2018
Best of all, Black understands the geography of an action sequence, and the advantage of an R rating.
September 11, 2018
"The sequel to group one, only stupider" is how one soldier describes the squad, in one of the rare self-referential jokes here that actually lands. But owning it doesn't excuse it.
September 10, 2018
As we learn over the course of the film why the Predators keep coming back to Earth, we also see that Black doesn't take the stories and themes that the previous Predator movies explored seriously either.
September 10, 2018
If the Predator series had to be revisited, it could have ended up in far worse hands than Shane Black's.
Top Critic
September 9, 2018
Black has captured the spirit of that bygone era of adrenaline-junkie junk without getting all retro-fussy about it.
September 7, 2018
Black may be a part of this franchise's origins, but as the messy, chaotic, and convoluted The Predator proves, he's not the right filmmaker to shepherd this property to its next evolution.
September 7, 2018
Black populates his film with recognisable tropes and character types as well a grand throwback score, and there's a certain charm in his ability to conjure up the past without resorting to pastiche.
September 7, 2018
It's aggressively pacey, overloaded with smug one-liners, gore-laden and unlikely to have much of a future.
September 7, 2018
With a fantastic cast and razor-sharp pacing, the fact is that this is what you want from a movie called The Predator.
September 7, 2018
Black's movie is so cleverly over-the-top that it's easy and pleasurable enough to watch, though never exactly scary or suspenseful.
September 7, 2018
It's an exhaustingly energetic mess in which a coherent plot and credible characters aren't even on the cluttered menu.
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