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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
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
Simon Foster
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
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
Cynthia Fuchs
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.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 3, 2012
An actual great piece of brainy action cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Drew McWeeny
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
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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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 30, 2012
An intensity of purpose and a patient, suspenseful directing style make the B-movie "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning" superior to most of the big-budget action films I've seen lately.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
November 29, 2012
This bloody wallow in sweat, guns and fisticuffs - for those who swing that way - delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
November 29, 2012
The movie creates something of the sensation of huffing industrial solvents - in a good way! - a waking-sleep zombification that can't exactly be described as pleasurable but definitely has an odd, distinct power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
November 29, 2012
Superbly choreographed and filmed action sequences enliven this ultra-violent B-movie.
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
November 27, 2012
Against the prevailing cheerlessness, these intensively choreographed fights, many shot in audacious, roving single takes, are like glimpses into a dream world.
Kam Williams
November 26, 2012
A bloody free-for-all so gruesome, it makes Peckinpah look like Winnie the Pooh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Ehrlich
Boxoffice Magazine
November 26, 2012
A throwback to a time when gratuitous nudity was the only kind of nudity, and when being a man meant dismembering another man
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Leydon
November 26, 2012
The grand finale is a series of what appear to be single-take sequences of bone-breaking, bullet-blasting violence, almost all of it presented with a practical-effects, minimal-CGI approach bound to impress genre devotees.
Brian Orndorf
November 8, 2012
Hyams aims to bring a Heart of Darkness overlay to the proceedings, which is an inspired choice, especially for a movie series that once offered itself as summertime popcorn escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chase Whale
Film Threat
October 27, 2012
Co-writer/director John Hyams has fearlessly taken the franchise in a whole new direction and pulls it off admirably.
| Original Score: B+
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