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Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Reviews

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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.
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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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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 30, 2012
"There... is... no... end" Van Damme announces in between blows. As a comment on the current film, I'll agree. As a prediction - all I can do is shudder.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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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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Scott Bowles
USA Today
November 29, 2012
Universal soldiers, it seems, never die, even if they deserve a slow and deliberate farewell.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 29, 2012
Anyone who stumbles into "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning" unprepared is bound to leave shellshocked. Not just because of the movie's brutal violence, but from the stunning realization that this grim franchise will never stop regenerating itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
November 28, 2012
So gruelingly violent you half wonder if director John Hyams' goal is to make the audience get up and leave the theater rather than be party to the brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 27, 2012
It's almost worth wading through the wearisome setup to get to the fun stuff. But there is a reason fast-forward buttons were invented.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
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.
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William Goss
Film.com
October 24, 2012
A B-movie that's often bloody, sometimes bizarre, but rarely boring.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
September 23, 2012
One of the best action movies of the year simply because it keeps hitting the right beats.
Full Review | Original Score: A-