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Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
February 24, 2016
It's as if David Lynch collided with a truckload of martial artists and brawlers, and the resulting explosion created this strange, moody universe, full of odd sound cues; shocking, dreamlike imagery; and less flashy, more vivid fight scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
R. Emmet Sweeney
Film Comment Magazine
November 9, 2015
Hyams has created a truly unique object, a horror-action-flicker film about uniquely expressive bodies haunted by the minds and memories they are forced to house.
Richard Haridy
Quickflix
November 25, 2013
Day Of Reckoning is one of the most ambitious, experimental, and downright fascinating B-movie genre pieces I have seen in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 4, 2013
It's a far cry from what Van Damme and Lundgren were doing twenty years ago, but in the end this film comes off like a band that claims all of the 'right' influences in interviews but can't synthesize good taste into work of merit.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Simon Foster
Screen-Space
January 26, 2013
Hyams' film is steeped in the myopic lust for vengeance that fuels many B-actioners, but he brings a great deal more to the proceedings.
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
January 22, 2013
When it sticks to the fights, the thugs, and the attitude, it's a pretty good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
December 20, 2012
Aside from perhaps Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren's accountants, it's difficult to say for sure who exactly has been calling for another entry in this francise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
December 14, 2012
Earns its stripes as one of those bad movies that's so bad it's good, in its bad way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Richard Brody
New Yorker
December 10, 2012
Several sequences of this gorefest, which is posed between hyperkinetic martial-arts mayhem and near-static moments of confusion and terror, have a gleeful virtuosity that nearly redeems its lumbering longueurs and generic splatter.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 8, 2012
Day of Reckoning is an action movie that's as much about each frame as it is about each punch and thwack and gunshot, not to mention that devastating black and white makeup job on Jean-Claude Van Damme's bald head.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
December 7, 2012
If Day of Reckoning shows off some of the freedom that comes with working in the DTV market, it also highlights its limitations.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 4, 2012
I found the level of violence in the film repugnant and most of the characters irredeemable, disposable and forgettable. They aren't particularly bright, either. It has the artistic sensibilities of a slaughterhouse.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 3, 2012
An actual great piece of brainy action cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 2, 2012
It's a bad trip LSD-like movie you either love or hate, no in-between.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
November 30, 2012
If you want a few well-done fights and you like Adkins, I can't completely recommend against it.
Chris Tilly
IGN Movies
November 30, 2012
An entertaining Universal Soldier movie that dares to try something different.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
November 30, 2012
Day of Reckoning, for lack of a better expression, 'goes there.' But like the flight plan of a hijacked plane, it's not necessarily my destination of choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle
November 30, 2012
As with all the films in the Universal Soldier series, this is mostly a catalog of increasingly brutal fights, which are the main attraction in and of themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Levin
amNewYork
November 30, 2012
An arty action flick that's almost worth watching. The odds of director John Hyams pulling off such a feat were only slightly worse than winning Powerball.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
November 30, 2012
Day of Reckoning is somehow not just the best film in the series, but a damn fine piece of action filmmaking by any measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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