An indefensibly enjoyable piece of exploitation hackwork.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Homefront is what Breaking Bad may have resembled had Sylvester Stallone written the TV show.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
[It] isn't Statham's best - or most brutal - work, but it's not bad.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
The entertainingly one-note Statham tossed together with chronically versatile James Franco-in a movie scripted by Sylvester Stallone, no less.
Tom Russo - Boston Globe
A disappointing mess of a genre flick.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The screenplay for this violent retro schlock was written by Sylvester Stallone, and the movie feels like something out of the early eighties.
David Denby - New Yorker
We don't really need this old thing, which tries to be a modern Western but ends up being a swampy, derivative action film, indebted to B movies of the '70s but unable to pay the debt in an interesting way.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
There's little in the way of character, visual style, or suspense.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
Ryder rockets to such heights of emoting that she looks like she could black out from lack of oxygen.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
To alternate fistfights and gunplay with paternal tenderness is a tall order for any action movie, and to do so without slowing things down is nearly impossible.
Kristin Tillotson - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Franco, as is often the case, seems to be acting in his own private movie and having a grand old time doing so; results for the audience may vary.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Statham plus Stallone plus Franco equals a surprisingly joyless backwoods action programmer.
Scott Foundas - Variety
Pardon me, "Homefront," but I'm having a little trouble finding James Franco, as a bayou meth lord, to be much of a match for Jason Statham, as an ex-DEA agent hiding out anonymously with his daughter.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Homefront is ridiculously overdone.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Just when you thought you had seen the craziest James Franco performance of the year...
Jordan Hoffman - Film.com
Homefront aims to be retro, greasy comfort food but despite its lowly ambitions, there's barely enough spice here to merit a decent burp.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
There's something almost refreshing about a movie that delivers exactly what's expected of it.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Jason Statham squares off against poor white trash in an old Sylvester Stallone script that should have stayed on the shelf.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Everyone cast against type. Everyone breathtakingly bad, reciting dialogue by Sylvester Stallone that begs for a "mute" button.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The deeper we go into this story, the more ridiculous the coincidences and plot twists.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
[Statham's] paired with a precocious adolescent daughter and an adorable kitten that only accentuate his charm.
Annlee Ellingson - Los Angeles Times
Homefront manages to hit all the right notes and even a few you wouldn't expect, and there's nothing expendable about that.
Billy Tatum - Bullz-Eye.com
Statham is not the English Clint Eastwood yet, but if someone fancied calling him Dirty Jason... who knows?
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Homefront is as gleefully dumb and thoroughly entertaining.
Oh, and did I mention that Sylvester Stallone adapted the screenplay for this from a novel? Because that.
When Jason Statham stops to pat a kitten after MacGyvering up the bad guy's meth-lab to explode when the lights are switched on, you will either groan or giggle... if you are inclined towards the latter you may find quite a bit of enjoyment in Homefront.
The climax is a muddle and borderline preachy
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
[Blu-ray Review] Dynamically directed, legitimately suspenseful as the climax plays out, and consistently captivating for all 102 minutes.
Predictable but well enough made to hold something for fans of The Stath.
Director Gary Fleder gets into the rubbishy mood with ease, and there's an appealing if undisciplined generosity about the inclusion of supporting players
There's something to be said for one of those entertainers that goes about its by-the-numbers business with craft and style.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Half-satisfying little piece of gristle.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
This unlikely teaming of Jason Statham and James Franco proves to be a clever blend of action and acting.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Just what you expect in a Jason Statham movie - and that is action from beginning to end.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
It's a derivative and incoherent exercise that provides another opportunity for Jason Statham to play the same type of vigilante character that he's essentially kept repeating for more than a decade.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Homefront is a film that understands its audience with a precise, non-condescending clarity.
Simon Foster - Screen-Space
The plot is too foreordained in every detail to be genuinely gripping, and the action far too shoddy in both conception and execution, which is even worse.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
I can barely remember who lives or dies. I barely cared.
Credit must go to Fleder and Stallone for refusing to settle for a simple, binary, good against evil actioner; investing the material with something resembling human interest.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
A Definite Miss
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Jason Statham is at it again. He is proving to be this decades ultimate action star.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Skull-cracking and stylistic, it's a ferocious, profanity-filled revenge flick that should have gone direct-to-video.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
A maniacally muddled and maudlin thriller, co-written and produced by Sly Stallone.
Charlotte O'Sullivan - This is London
With a powerhouse cast and an anaemic script, this violent revenge thriller never quite gets off the ground.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Think a Sly Stallone-scripted action movie starring The Stath is a sure-fire winner? Think again.
Nigel Floyd - Film4
Much like Stallone's Expendables entries, Homefront's premise is more appetising on paper than it is in execution.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
Homefront never quite reaches a level when it becomes more than just an enjoyable Statham actioner, but watching an enjoyable Statham actioner isn't a bad way to spend a couple hours.
Statham displays a tender side rarely seen in his previous action work, and Franco adds another memorably sleazy maverick to his CV.
Terry Staunton - Radio Times
Nobody would know what Sylvester Stallone fans want from a Stallone action movie better than Sly himself.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Fleder - a dab hand with knotty, workable pulp - proves admirably patient in revealing character and place, and it helps that those laying siege to our hero's self-timbered abode never quite react in the way expected of goons in a Jason Statham movie.
Statham is on auto-pilot throughout and it suffers from an underwritten plot and lacklustre action sequences.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Homefront does nothing to stretch its leading man, but there's something to be said for Statham's stardom and the films being slotted around it - like a stubborn bollard, you always know exactly where to find him.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Homefront is only really compelling when it's exploring the hassles and complexities of being an overwhelmed small-time meth dealer, or when it makes good use of the local color of its backwoods Louisiana setting.
Nathan Rabin - The Dissolve
Although Franco's clearly enjoying himself, and Statham smashes faces with finesse, two warring films emerge, neither of them particularly convincing.
Matt Glasby - Total Film
Nobody can write this stuff like Stallone and nobody can play it like Statham.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
[Statham's] fans will no doubt have a blast. And this time it's highly likely that everyone else will too.
Emma Simmonds - The List
'Homefront' just isn't the Southern-fried smackdown it should have been
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
Jason Statham teams up with another badass little girl... which makes him almost warm and charming as he kicks the crap out of villains.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Another shake-and-bake Stath special, boasting the requisite punchy-fighty action and some pleasing sleaziness from Franco and Bosworth, but it's ponderously handled by director Fleder.
David Hughes - Empire Magazine
While it may not be anything you need to rush out to the theaters to see, "Homefront" is a solid action film that, thanks to the talents of Statham, can venture into a more dramatic side other kick-ass movies have to stay away from.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
A solid action film that simultaneously reminds us of those fun 1990's martial arts stars and displays the acting ability they never had.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
It's not that a stereotypical Jason Statham movie is a bad thing, but Homefront does nothing to distinguish itself from an overflowing library of similar titles.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
the novel by Chuck Logan might have been able to carry all those lost souls along in a compelling story, the adaptation by Sylvester Stallone leaves then shipwrecked
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Despite some ridiculous twists and turns, the movie could have worked with a lightfooted, confident, breezy touch, but instead director Gary Fleder seems to have missed the point.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
The basic ingredients of a throwback action movie are all there; what's missing is action and style.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - AV Club
The film is mostly predictable, but throws a few curveballs and ends up being surprisingly entertaining, if not at all outstanding.
Louis Black - Austin Chronicle
It's a punch-drunk story that wobbles between a family film and an over-the-top action movie that fails to utilize the best parts of either.
Rick Bentley - Fresno Bee
Action-drama "Homefront" has screenwriter Sylvester Stallone's touch written all over it. Director Gary Fleder keeps things moving.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
There are millions of people willing to pay good money to watch Jason Statham beat the living daylights out of James Franco.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Despite a handful of amusing quirks, Homefront is a tedious and forgettable affair.
Eric D. Snider - GeekNation
This is a straightforward thriller with beatings, shootings, a young girl in peril, and a stoic hero who never loses his cool.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
It's the most incongruous (and enjoyably so) good guy/bad guy pairing since Philip Seymour Hoffman threatened to make Tom Cruise's girlfriend bleed and cry and call out his name in Mission: Impossible III.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
By making Statham a regretful lawman, it neutralizes his main talent, effectively neutering him. It also telegraphs the kind of mostly watered-down movie we're about to see.
Stallone plopping Statham in this bore feels like an alpha setting up his successor to fail, like Zeus swallowing up his challengers before they force him into retirement.
Amy Nicholson - L.A. Weekly
Fleder does Stallone no favours, directing Homefront strictly as a plodding and predictable thriller, the kind of generic project that usually stars a bunch of B-level actors.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
It's a drive-in programmer with a weirdly over-qualified cast - slight but lean and deceptively smarter, in spots, than it lets on.
Matt Prigge - Metro
Straightforward action, with less hand-to-hand than you'd like and too much gunplay to be interesting..Efficient, diverting and utterly forgettable.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Fleder, who is a pretty standard button-masher as an action director, actually shows infectious relish and nuance in depicting Statham's slow return to his violent ways.
Steven Boone - RogerEbert.com
It's not a great action film by any stretch of the imagination, but when working with something as old as water, you've got to appreciate the effort at being different - if only slightly.
Bill Gibron - Film Racket
It works, in a generic way, but there are no surprises.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Jason Statham is too tough to ever seem overwhelmed, imposed or vulnerable, and Sylvester Stallone's script requires some measure of those feelings amid the schlock.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
A picture that could more tellingly be titled "More of the Same."
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
Jason Statham and James Franco squaring off over meth with a script by Sylvester Stallone? Sounds like a guilty pleasure, right? Unfortunately, the result is a rather rote action thriller that only comes alive during the well-staged fight scenes.
Cary Darling - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Standard issue Statham actioner, but Kate Bosworth is a gaunt meth-head revelation
Despite some unexpected faces, it's pretty much business as usual in Homefront, the latest Jason Statham outing. A conscious effort to expand the star's fan base, the movie is more low-key than his usual revenge thrillers.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
The strength of Statham's performance, coupled with a refreshingly lack of computer-generated blood effects, goes a long way towards compensating for the less-than-eventful nature of Stallone's screenplay...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Too bad Franco's performance gets buried under an avalanche of cliches and blurry fight scenes so poorly edited that we can't actually tell what's happening.
"Homefront" neither stoops below nor strains above being what it is; it's an acceptable action-thriller, a high-protein and high-fat release at a time when more virtuous, leafy and fibrous films crowd the theaters in the season before Oscar madness.
Homefront is just another Jason Statham movie. Fortunately, that spells competent entertainment with a blood-red cherry of payback on top.
Katherine Monk - Canada.com
Franco, who brought so much dynamic weirdness to the role of Alien in Spring Breakers, looks as engaged here as he did while hosting the Oscars.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Then 'Homefront' gets to its third act, and it's just a mess, folks. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
A distinctly old-fashioned, by-the-numbers actioner that breaks no new ground and treads familiar territory without much dash.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
"Homefront" is hard not to like and impossible to respect.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
There's plenty going on to satisfy action fans, and they'll get a bit more than they bargained for.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The worst sin is visited upon Statham: Sure, those fists fly, but his poetry has become a chopped-up hash.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Playing defense plays a lot better than bloody offense.
Matt Pais - RedEye
For one brief moment in "Homefront," you will think: This is going to be awesome.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Statham delivers all the expected scowls and growls, but there's no originality, nuance or even dumb-fun catharsis to recommend this inept exercise in punch-'em-up justice.
Brent Simon - Screen International
As junky, B-movie entertainment with an emphasis on explosions, the feature is passably entertaining, submitting a decent amount of growly escapism and chewy performances. However, Homefront doesn't live up to its potential.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
It's too devoid of worthwhile action set pieces to satisfy as an action film, too dull to work as a thriller, and too dumb to work as an earnest crime drama.
'Homefront' believes it's cut from the same cloth as Walter Hill's 'Southern Comfort,' but it can barely muster up the thrills of an episode of 'MacGuyver.'
Matt Patches - ScreenCrush
Homefront is an action movie born in the wrong generation, but it's still a fun and wild watch thanks to Jason Statham's warpath through a sleepy Southern town.
Matt Donato - We Got This Covered
The material plays out like a particularly busy episode of Sons of Anarchy, possessing a peculiar joylessness that's anathema to the success of films like this.
Abhimanyu Das - Slant Magazine
Homefront reminded me a lot of an old fashioned, really rated R, 1970s Jan Michael Vincent or Charles Bronson vehicle.
Staci Layne Wilson - Yahoo! Movies