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“The Action Got Old Fast And The Plot Goes No Where.”
“KICK ASS OF A MOVIE AND ACTION PACKED”
“Great Family Movie”
“Most Of My Favorite Action Heroes From The Wal-Mart DVD Cutout Bin! Drug Lords And Latin American Dictators, Beware! A Fun Shoot-em-up / Blow-em-up Extravaganza High On Nostalgia For '80s Action Flicks Starring Many Of The Men Responsible For Them.”
“... Its Truly Compelling Moments Of Visceral Slaughter And Wince-inducing Brutality Are Reserved For The Film's Final Lap To The Finish. It's No Rambo: 4, But At Least Stallone Is Keeping This Form Of Nostalgic Ferocity Alive...”
“AWESOME ACTION MOVIE”
“This Is Best Action Movie Of This Year ! Bang... Bang Have Fun With This One.”
“A Much-needed Action Movie!”
“This Was One Hell Of A Movie!!”
“It's Like The A-Team.......BUT BETTER”
“Not Bad At All Heres To The Sequel”
“The Coolest Action Movie Of The Summer!”
“BEST DAMN ACTION MOVIE EVER”
“A Very Much Nostalgic Feel. This Film Will Be Looked Back Upon Just Like Rambo. Classic.”
“THE EXPENDABLES IS FUN, ACTION-PACKED, BLOODY GREATNESS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE PLOT IT FAILS!”
“The Expendables, I'm Story What Is The Story?”
“It Only Took 2 Months For A New Favorite Action Movie To Come!”
“A THROWBACK TO A 80'S ACTION FILMS HAS NEVER BEEN SO GOOD!”
“Big Action Cast, But Plot Should Have Been Worked On More”
“Not Bad, But Left Something To Be Desired”
“Best Action Movie Ever Made”
“Doesn't Live Up To The Hype, But Is Just As Humorous In A '80s/'90s Action Movie Like Way As Expected.”
“The Expendables Is Action,Action,Action! But Could Have Been Much More!”
“The Expendables (aka Rambo's Ravens)!!!”
“THE EXPANDABLES IS A BLOODY-GOOD TIME!”
“"Commando, Die Hard, Rambo, Death Race, IronMan 2, Look Like Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Compared To This"”
“Sylvester Syallone Leads In All-star Cast In This One Of A Kind , Thrill To The Min Extravaganza , That Keeps The Adrenalin I Loved And Enjoyed Every Second , The Cast Is Perfect , The Plot Is Predictable And The Movie Is Implausible But Really Who Cares?”
“'Commandos'? Old Style Action That Feels Like A Sequel To Arnie Classic”
“It Has Explosions, Fist-fights, Knifes, Big Guns And Some Of The Greatest Action Legends But Still It's The Typical "Just When" Type Of Movie...”
“Stallone And Crew Deliver A Hard-hitting, Unrepentant Action Extravaganza.”
Stallone and crew deliver a hard-hitting, unrepentant action extravaganza.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
As for Stallone, he grimaces purposefully in his El Greco beard, and he keeps the body count coming so that it sates you like a junk-food craving fulfilled.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
As a whole, the movie, whose title dimly evokes "They Were Expendable," a 1945 John Ford combat picture starring John Wayne and Robert Montgomery, might more aptly be described as Bad Kurosawa, Bad Peckinpah or Bad Leone.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
It's not particularly well made, but the patchiness only adds to the considerable goodwill and charm the movie carries.
Phelim O'Neill - Guardian [UK]
This is truly a movie that nobody needs -- gratuitously savage, implausible and sometimes incoherent.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Bullets, knives and bare hands fly in an incomprehensible vortex as arms and heads and body parts get thrown into the melee.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Expendables is the closest thing to movie Viagra yet invented. It's reprehensible. It's stoopid violent. It's a lot of unholy fun.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
This is action as timeless as the reptilian brain.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
While Stallone's film won't win any Oscars, it gives off a dopey genre high that's hard not to catch.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Sylvester Stallone's gun-emptying, blade-tossing, clandestine action flick "The Expendables" is great fun. Sure, this declaration comes with caveats, but do you really need to hear them?
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
... what winds up in the picture's largely lazy grasp is largely evidence of the influence of, well, any number of cheap and often straight-to-video testosterone fests.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
The Expendables is savage yet inert, and breathtakingly sleazy in its lack of imagination.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
Is it fun? Sort of. But it shoulda coulda been a ton of fun.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Borrows liberally from such male-bonding classics as Robert Aldrich's The Dirty Dozen and Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, but offers not a whiff of the tragic fatalism and astute critique of machismo that inform those superior dramas.
Joshua Katzman - Chicago Reader
Stallone! Willis! Schwarzenegger! They're lovin' it, so I guess we have to, too.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
I's a bit like a trip to the gym on a flat tire.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
Sure, it's fun, after a fashion, to see them all in the same place, kicking and creaking. But that's about all it is.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Take the cast away, and there's not much more here than the straight-to-DVD schlock that has kept conspicuously absent rivals Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme busy of late.
Peter Debruge - Variety
The brain-dead male equivalent of Sex and the City 2.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The shootouts are epic, but the stuff leading up to them is lame.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
It yawningly snaps into place as yet another series of explosions that are dressed up with no place to blow.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
The world has changed since Rambo and Arnold held sway, which isn't the film's fault. But it's going to be held accountable anyway.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
The Expendables isn't as much fun as it should be.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
Rather than reviving the actors' 80s heyday, The Expendables only demonstrates how much action films have changed in recent years.
Michael Joshua Rowin - Salon.com
The body count is high and the personalities click in this old-school testosterone fest.
Sheri Linden - Hollywood Reporter
It's willfully out of date, like an aging hair band that can't pack away the spandex.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
What you will find is both familiar in its contours and unique in its casting.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
It's not the age of the actors that makes The Expendables expendable. It's the stale storytelling.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Also the Predictables, the Forgettables and they kinda look like the Anabolic Steroidables...
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Friends may not let friends die alone, but bogus philosophizing is apparently business as usual.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
The action scenes are huge and excessively violent on a scale not seen since the closing scenes of Commando. At one point, in the absence of any buildings to detonate or ammunition depots to destroy, I think I saw an explosion explode.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
What we end up with is an incomprehensible, overly-long explosion-fest that could have easily been retitled "A.D.D.: The Motion Picture."
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
the kind of all-out, over the top action movie they just don't make anymore, which is probably a good thing because the human brain can only take a movie that provides the equivalent to getting three consecutive adrenaline shots so many times.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
I like the idea of this movie much more than how it actually turned out.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
This has been clearly aimed at - pardon the pun - diehard action film fans. Anyone else, who might expect a vague sense of irony, will be sorely disappointed.
Laurence Boyce - The Baltic Times
... It's a little like meeting up with old friends, only to come away deflated, realising you just don't have that much to talk about any more.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Stallone, with his highly unusual current face, is so busy making googly eyes at Statham and nursing a man-crush that he forgets that the goal of this movie is MORE KILLING.
Dave White - Movies.com
The movie had been billed as a throwback to the action flicks of the 1980s, but that pitch turns out to be false advertising.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
- Christian Science Monitor
The rest of the mayhem is simply ultraviolent, nonstop, and numbing. Better jokes might have helped.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Unnatural but kind of remarkable.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
Provides a decent, if not totally fulfilling, fix of that something we miss.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Certainly not a great film, but an enjoyable slice of surprisingly low-key, classic '80s action filmmaking complete with an awesome cast.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
... a perfectly enjoyable mercenaries-on-a-mission-of-redemption adventure with a mix of testosterone-fueled camaraderie and this-time-it's-personal seriousness.
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
Suitable for a night of cold beer, chili, and a hot woman at your side...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The film's climax delivers and delivers and just keeps topping itself, making it possibly the most satisfying experience since cheeseburgers after a very big night.
Paj Sandhu - Cut Print Review
Paj Sandhu - Moviedex
Final notes: this is a movie in which Dolph Lundgren is expected to convincingly portray a junkie and have an American accent. Also, Jet Li plays a character called Yin Yang. Do with this information what you will.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
If the plot line doesn't leave you numb with disbelief, the excessive explosive outbursts and viscerally edited dismemberments will drop you, or someone you care about, wet in the seat.
Elias Savada - Film Threat
It was a walk through 1984 and it was a pretty decent stroll.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
It's fun to see this aging cast together on screen, but the movie is junk. The one-liners aren't funny, the dialogue is tedious, and the action itself is prosaic and repetitive.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
Equal parts self-conscious joke and sly throwback to low-budget action movies of the 1970s, The Expendables works its grindhouse cliches until they work... at least, they work for anyone who fondly remembers the sleaze of yesteryear.
Maitland McDonagh - Miss FlickChick
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Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
How many actions stars does it take to get audiences into theaters? THIS many.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
The entertaining action scenes are as weighty and gnarly as the actors' grizzled mugs.
Matt Glasby - Flicks.co.nz
Wow, I haven't seen this much over-the-hill action since Don Ameche and Hume Cronyn did laps in Cocoon.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
The Expendables is admirable for bringing these actors all together, but shameful for not having the integrity to do anything of value with them.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Stallone Can't Choose Between Thoughtful Meditation of Age and Violence or Just a Cheesy Throwback to the mid-80's. A Pity.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
What we get is pure, unadulterated B-movie stuff, with an A-budget.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
We can understand the need to have a support group for elderly action heroes who want to relive the glory years. But did they have to release it as a film? Unnecessary.
Catherine Bray - Film4
Except for 'youngster' Jason Statham, Stallone's band of geriatric heroes are pretty creaky
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
humble, subtle and restrained
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
The action sequences are terrific, the violence excessive. The guiltiest of guilty pleasures, then.
Michael Bonner - Uncut Magazine [UK]
Unless you've got a burning desire to see some old-timers trying to turn back the clocks and running around in a film they know in their heart-of-hearts is more at home on the small screen, wait for the DVD.
Mike Barnard - Future Movies UK
Mostly this is just a film of countless deaths and endless cliches...
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Offers up neither clearly delineated characters nor any fundamental character of its own.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
That the supporting cast really needn't have bothered showing up is the closest Stallone gets to a decent joke.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Nothing exceeds like excess in The Expendables.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Thick-necked and hollow-headed and weirdly affecting
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
The Expendables is like dating a jock - no sparkling conversation or subtlety but great to have around when you need to blow sh-t up or kick some ass.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Botched sensitivity aside, The Expendables delivers epic action.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
The worst action film of the year, and that's saying something.
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
Stallone, never a clear speaker, spends most of his time grunting like a Gloucester Old Spot or barking like a sea lion with a sore throat.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
In which a bunch of macho has-beens and never-weres splash down in the action pond for one last go-round.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Is it that big a deal to have a cast that includes Steve Austin, Randy Couture and Terry Crews? These guys would line up for a straight-to-DVD American Pie sequel if asked.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The movie struggles to find a main attraction that's worth the bullets it's printed on.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
After repeated taunts to "Bring it," increasing evidence of the barely-there story, and a war's worth of bullets and fireballs, The Expendables gets pretty tiresome.
Tricia Olszewski - Film Threat
Stallone's dozens of remaining fans know exactly what to expect, and he gives it to them good and hard.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Drenched in adrenaline, veiled in violence, 'The Expendables' really is. Expendable, I mean.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
misses many opportunities to truly exploit its old-school ethos, instead falling into the trap of hyper-edited incoherence
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
It's an A-grade cast all right, but there's no escaping that this is a B-movie.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Not since Rocky worked out in a meat locker has Sylvester Stallone surrounded himself with so much aging beef.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Something about the large scope of the action confounds Stallone, and his excessively large number of unit directors. It's too hectic, too confusing to be cool, or exhilirating.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A perfectly cast, gleefully violent throwback to old-fashioned '80s action movies, The Expendables is an enormous amount of fun.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A film so unashamedly manly, it makes Fight Club look like the time they did Single Ladies on Glee.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
The impressive-sounding cast only temporarily distracts from a plot riddled with holes, cliched dialogue and fight sequences too reliant on quick edits.
Terry Staunton - Radio Times
If you only see one action movie this year, see The Expendables -- twice.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
... delivers exactly what the coming attractions promise - a lot of over-the-top action and silliness ...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
A piece of sclerotic all-star machismo about as exciting as Veterans' Arm-Wrestling Night at the Hollywood Bowl.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
For action fans raised on Commando and Cobra, the ensemble cast and '80s-style violence will be pure wish-fulfilment -- but even they could have wished for something better.
Genevieve Harrison - Empire Magazine
If you like watching men with no necks thumping each other, this could be your Citizen Kane.
David Jenkins - Time Out
Exceeded my expectations as concerns dumbness -- and my expectations were high. This movie actually goes beyond being merely dumb; it's more like the nirvana of dumbosity.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Quit it with the CGI blood spurts.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
The only reason to watch this film is to see some of the world's most famous action stars returning for one last bout of mayhem.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
In lieu of a flurry of left hooks and roundhouse kicks, we stay safely in Stallone's comfort zone of shoot 'em ups and s--- getting blown up.
Lauren Wissot - Slant Magazine
[A] lumbering, aptly titled hulk of a movie.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
defensive and frankly more than a little pathetic
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central