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Universal Soldier: The Return Reviews

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Ron Givens
New York Daily News
July 27, 2014
You, dear moviegoer, must not buy a ticket to this badly programed sequel. You must save the world from Universal Soldier III: How Bad Can It Get?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Barbara Shulgasser
Chicago Tribune
June 7, 2013
If Universal Soldier: The Return isn't the dullest, most derivative, unimaginative, noisy, repetitive, mind-numbing and generally imbecilic movie of the year, it's not because director Mic Rodgers wasn't trying hard enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 7, 2013
For the record, this is the fourth Universal Soldier movie if you count two cable sequels, but why would you?
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
It's actually the fourth entry in the series, after a couple of straight-to-cable sequels. That's a lot of pulp to squeeze out of a concept that was fairly juiceless to begin with.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Joe Leydon
Variety
June 17, 2008
An underwhelming follow-up to one of the career-stalled action star's better efforts.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
March 10, 2007
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
March 6, 2007
This SF action sequel must have been slapped together fast: live-action stunts created by uninspired editing lead up to computer-generated imagery that's just as lame.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Filling out and greying at the temples, Van Damme is far from convincing, even in the tedious fight sequences.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Van Damme's acting skills remains undetectable.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
An endless barrage of action-packed fights sure to please all of Van Damme's diehard fans!
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Universal Soldier: The Return is a letdown!
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Betsy Sherman
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
[This] sequel is devoid of personality and has an annoying gratuitous sentimental streak.
| Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Despite all the pyrotechnics, I almost dozed off twice!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The film fails, utterly, at virtually anything it attempts.
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Robert Philpot
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 1, 2000
It's gotten to the point where most action fans -- heck, most 4-year-olds -- could write a script like this!
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Further proof that the international star once destined to challenge Schwarzenegger and Stallone at the box office is again stuck scraping the bottom of the action-movie barrel.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
The Return has the cramped, shoddy look of a straight-to-video knock-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
January 1, 2000
If the world is ever to be truly safe from Universal Soldiers, they, like Achilles, can suffer a mortal wound in only one place. For them, it's the box office.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A screenwriter's desperate imagination!
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
It's devoid of the full-fledged physical artistry of Jackie Chan or the mesmerizing carnage of the best Hong Kong action flicks.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Universal Soldier is nothing for anyone to be proud of, on either side of the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rod Dreher
New York Post
January 1, 2000
The Muscles from Brussels mouths dialogue that wouldn't challenge a bivalve - and in an accent that makes Stallone sound like a master of elocution.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
The sleek and exciting action-filled Universal Soldier: The Return stars Jean-Claude Van Damme in a satisfying sequel to one of his biggest hits.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Judging from uniformly bottom-rung acting, the cast had some sort of pool going to see who could turn in the most ludicrously awful performance.