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
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
Some kind of meatheaded masterpiece, it's cinematic junk food of the highest order.
What The Expendables does right is it caters to its fans. It knows exactly what they want and it delivers a a pure, adrenaline-fuelled thrill ride with some great action.
Matt Joseph - We Got This Covered
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
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 - 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
Ljubitelji akcije neće biti razočarani količinom "ore" i "ege", uključujući i obavezni zavrni obračun gdje ačica junaka rastura cijelu vojsku negativaca
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!
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
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
humble, subtle and restrained
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
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)
What we get is pure, unadulterated B-movie stuff, with an A-budget.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
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
That the supporting cast really needn't have bothered showing up is the closest Stallone gets to a decent joke.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Offers up neither clearly delineated characters nor any fundamental character of its own.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
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
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
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
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
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
Botched sensitivity aside, The Expendables delivers epic action.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
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)
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]
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
It's an A-grade cast all right, but there's no escaping that this is a B-movie.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Drenched in adrenaline, veiled in violence, 'The Expendables' really is. Expendable, I mean.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The worst action film of the year, and that's saying something.
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
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
The movie struggles to find a main attraction that's worth the bullets it's printed on.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
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
A perfectly cast, gleefully violent throwback to old-fashioned '80s action movies, The Expendables is an enormous amount of fun.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Quit it with the CGI blood spurts.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
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)
... delivers exactly what the coming attractions promise - a lot of over-the-top action and silliness ...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
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
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
A piece of sclerotic all-star machismo about as exciting as Veterans' Arm-Wrestling Night at the Hollywood Bowl.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
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
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
An unstoppable throwback to the days of Rambo, and Commando, a time when heroes cracked wise, shat bullets, and blew-up a thousand faceless enemies before breakfast.
Matt Neal - The Standard
We want to remember. We want to revel. We want to watch things explode. Stallone only understands one of these things. So yes, there will be explosions.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
defensive and frankly more than a little pathetic
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
It looks like most of the money spent in this project went to explosions, which are many and huge, and to acting salaries, at the expense of special effects and the script, which could have used a big upgrade.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Watching The Expendables is like watching professional wrestling but with guns, knives and a whole lot of death.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Flawed, but the action scenes are as violent, ridiculous and over the top as you could hope for.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Big guns, big hats, big motorcycles, big trucks. There is obviously more being projected here than just a movie
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Stallone's boasted that he's made the drunk uncle of all dumb action movies and in several ways he has
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
Whatever film you've imagined...is better than what the film actually is.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
An overly-hyped exercise, a cynical attempt to couple recognizable action stars with their respective muscles onscreen ... think of this not so much a film but, rather, steroid abuse of a whole other kind.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
Glories in over-the-top, testosterone-driven action and an ensemble whose names I only expected to hear when I died and went to B-movie heaven. If only The Expendables' script was as divine as its roll call.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Never underestimate the nostalgia factor!"
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
There's a lot in this nostalgic Sylvester Stallone actioner that lives up to its title - the recycled plot, the forgettable characters, the monotonous violence - but it's an undeniable kick to see these vets in action.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
With only a couple of artistic virtues and even fewer moral attributes to its credit..."The Expendables" is wretched.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
While much of the film feels as slow as Stallone, 64, at a full sprint, the last 30 minutes is a blast. Literally. The movie's theme is overkill.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
It's like being in Stallone's head watching his stream of consciousness manifest.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Despite some surprisingly decent performances, it just isn't as fun as it should be. But Stallone does prove there's still some room left in the action genre for these titans, so let's why not? Let's have another round.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Even the much-anticipated scene in which Stallone spars verbally with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, in a summit meeting of '80s action icons, ends up lifeless.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
For diehard action fans the explosions and car chases will be enough but for those looking for strong characters and plot development it will be lacking.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
It passes for an average Stallone film, which doesn't quite make it a good pic even though it's not exactly a bad pic.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Too bad this blast-from-the-past mucho macho male reunion movie is so absurdly incoherent.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
A down and dirty action adventure, and the best escapist entertainment around. Check your brain at the door for non-stop rowdy, riotous and raucous fun.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
As with Rambo, we get bullets that cause heads to literally explode. That should have been the tone all along, but Stallone just can't let his movie be terrible enough to be entertaining.
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
Jean-Claude van Damme and Steven Seagal will be kicking themselves - or perhaps each other - for having turned Stallone down.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
The Expendables scratches the itch action fans have had since the '80s drew to a close.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
- National Post
It's one of those movies best watched on DVD or Blu-ray where you can fast-forward any time you see someone open their mouth to talk.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Por mais que eu quisesse acreditar no que diz a musica que acompanha os creditos, nao creio que este filme estabeleca que "os garotos estao de volta a cidade". No maximo, podemos dizer que os velhinhos deram um passeio rapido e esquecivel na praca.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
An awful screenplay, horrible acting, and all action - fisticuffs, gun fights, car chases, etc. - is badly edited. It's a terrible movie. I loved every cliche-filled minute.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
It's all as dumb as mud, but it's familiar and comfortable enough to entertain on a basic level.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
The advertising materials... carry just the right kind of gleeful, confident attitude -- but sadly, Stallone's actual movie is a giant mess and a wasted opportunity.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
The closest a real-life movie has ever gotten to "Seinfeld"'s "Death Blow."
Stephen Silver - The Trend
If ever there was a movie that was all about the action scenes, The Expendables is it.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
An agreeable mess of an action picture, hearkening back to Stallone's heyday of the 1980s.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Not a parody of an '80s action movie -- it actually is an '80s action movie.
Kurt Loder - MTV
The Expendables delivers a series of macho encounters within the team of expert killers and pointedly named hard-asses.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
If you accept The Expendables for what it is -- Stallone having some simple, stupid fun -- you may be surprised to find yourself joining him.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
There's nothing wrong with a guilty pleasure. We all have them: Those movies that we know suck that we can't help but watch on cable every time they come on. But they still SUCK.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
An amazing combination of totally campy and totally crappy with a plot and style straight out of 1984, which is funny to see, especially the chemistry between the guys.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Stallone is a terrible action director. Sequences are visually incoherent, chopped-up, sloppy, vague. You'd think that in all the years he's spent in this racket he would've learned how to cobble together stuff like this.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
"Hulk like 'Expendables.' It SMASH. Guns go BANG-BANG. Things go BOOM. Fire EVERYWHERE. Cars crash and make even MORE FIRE. HA-HA-HA. Hulk no like Rourke, though. Rourke NUTS."
James Verniere - Boston Herald
...an admittedly erratic yet sporadically thrilling throwback to the unabashedly violent action flicks of the 1980s.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The Expendables should have been the greatest action movie ever made. Unfortunately, the film is a bit underwhelming. Luckily, Crews and Statham save the day.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
There's no one to blame but Stallone for action sequences that degenerate into incoherence, to the point where it's impossible to know who's truck is exploding and who's shooting at whom.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Given the similarities between the two films -- the muddled fight scenes, the occasional one-liners, the over-the-top violence, used to camouflage the narrative weaknesses -- this easily could have been titled Rambo V.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Peppered with funny dialogue, epic brawls and supersize explosions, The Expendables is the adrenaline shot the summer of 2010 needs.
Peter Paras - E! Online
Occasionally fun in its over-the-top mindlessness; the fun just never lasts more than a couple minutes at a time.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
An aggressively dopey celebration of testosterone that manages to provide a decent amount of fenderheaded fun for those who just want to see stuff get blown up or gunned down for 90-odd minutes.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Fun as the film occasionally was, those involved would have done well to take the advice from another 80's action classic: "You're too old for this &$#&!"
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Coming off like an all-star game with notable faces and a few exciting plays but not much in the way of an entertaining game plan, 'The Expendables' ends up as an overall disappointment. (Parental Review also Available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
When The Expendables revs up and becomes the loud, explosive machismo parade that it's meant to be, it works. But when it doesn't, it's rather abysmal.
Neil Miller - Film School Rejects
It pretty much fits the bill -- maybe not directed with any particular verve or wit by Stallone, but still satisfactory of the lowest common denominators and the highest possible decibel levels.
William Goss - Cinematical
The whole enterprise is a tremendous wasted opportunity. Even the title knows it.
Among the explosions and the blood, a forceful melancholy infects the characters and puts a dark tinge to even the most jocular banter.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Feels less like high-concept filmmaking and more like wishful thinking.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The fights are so many and so long and the cuts so quick that you can rarely tell who's winning. One thing is certain, the losers are the viewers.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
A ludicrous action flick that...would seem right at home in the 2am slot on ShowTime.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Alas, little money was left over to fund the screenplay, which is unbelievably bad given the level of talent involved.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
You certainly can't say this over-the-top thriller skimps on action. The final third or so is wall-to-wall brawling, shootings and explosions.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
These action heroes take their fun seriously without taking themselves seriously.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
While you may have trouble figuring out who's running where in the film's big climax, Stallone sets off enough explosions to ensure their Brazilian shooting location could be seen from space.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
best action film of the summer
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
The audiences for whom 'The Expendables' represents a wish belatedly fulfilled aren't expecting Shakespeare, but Stallone, once an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, is strictly on autopilot here.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
Delivers pretty much exactly what its audience wants and expects: big, dumb, campy fun so deliriously, comically macho, it's remarkable that no one in the cast died of testosterone poisoning.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
A gang of old pros ripping through an $US80 million budget by doing what they like to do best. And given the sad state of the modern action movie, such passion is almost endearing.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
The film bulls-eyes so-bad-it's-sad from the get-go. The precision with which it just keeps hitting that unwanted target is spooky.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Unfortunately, there's a limit to the effectiveness of this kind of influence.
John Hartl - Seattle Times
The big set piece at the end is impressive...proving that Stallone really is a formidable action director. It is just a pity it takes so long to get there.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
It's a contender for the manliest movie ever made.
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
As an opportunity for giant lunkheads to knock each other around and blow things up, The Expendables is considerably more fun than the last Transformers movie.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
It's not just the characters who are expendable: The actors may as well be tossed out with the garbage, too.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
A throat-slashing, elbow-dropping, grenade-throwing, trigger-pulling, and limb-dismembering good time.
Peter Hall - Hollywood.com
When it isn't bad Shakespeare, this throwback 80s action movie... is like what we might see if Solider of Fortune magazine decided to get into the business of pornography.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Stallone grabs you by the balls and doesn't let go for until the credits roll!
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Inevitably, the film culminates in a nearly wordless bloodbath with a death every few seconds, plunging onward like the world's longest drum solo.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
The body count is enormous, the explosions deafening, and none of it makes sense -- so why did I find this such a guilty pleasure?
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
Stallone encourages a pure bath of brutality, sans winks. It's up to the viewer to decide if this is all disgusting overkill or the cinematic equivalent of a firm erection.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Give me Bradley Cooper driving a tank in mid-air, any day.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
The thought behind this body-splattering nostalgia trip is unformed and stagnant.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
The Expendables is third-rate.
Armond White - New York Press
There is no avoiding the fact that (Schwarzenegger) and Stallone look every bit their age; Willis, Lundgren and Li still move well, but close-ups do none of these actors any favours.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
When it gets around to the righteous fightin' and killin' bits, The Expendables more than delivers on its promise to be the manliest movie ever made.
Jen Yamato - Movies.com
Fathers, don't let your sons grow up without The Expendables.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Taken as a whole, The Expendables is a disappointment, and a frustrating one at that.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
The Expendables is preaching to the choir, but that choir will surely lap it up with relish.
Glenn Dunks - Trespass
Gratuitous explosions, fight scenes and macho stars past and present, this is the pick of this year's cluttered action crop.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
I'd say that I already can smell the sequel, but I believe that odor is coming from this film.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Stallone vs. Hugo Chavez? C'mon, the general wears the very same trademark fatigues and red beret, and heads a Latin American country beginning with a 'V' and ending with an 'A'. While the former overturns papaya carts and terrorizes donkeys.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Lean, mean, funny, and chockablock with fast-twitch demolition spectacle, "The Expendables" represents a grand finale for several generations of action cinema stars.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Sly Stallone has corralled the meanest, toughest action actors he could find and pooled them into a turbo-charged Dirty Dozen movie. With laughs.
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
It's raining bullets and knives in this macho action thriller in which brute force rules supreme.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
It's a bitter pill to swallow, but it's a dark day indeed when a film can bring together so many promising elements and, when the curtains close, leave you wondering exactly what the heck you just sat through -- and if you even enjoyed it at all.
Patrick Kolan - IGN Movies AU
It's not particularly well made, but the patchiness only adds to the considerable goodwill and charm the movie carries.
Strip away the modern day polish and the bluster of its gimmicky (though admittedly satisfying) cast and you're left with an 80s-esque action spectacle. That's the point, of course, but it isn't enough to earn the film a genuine recommendation.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
The gun show is in full effect in The Expendables, an old school action ensemble tailor made for our nostalgic times.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Stallone's retro actioner is a cheesy, schlocky anachronistic flick, sort of a class reunion of the genre's stars of the past two decades.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A bunch of guys past their prime punching and kicking each other and pretending its for our benefit, when its really just one last self-congratulatory hurrah.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
One shouldn't knock the plotting for being distinctly old-school, but criticism deserves to be levelled at the manner in which so much talent is squandered.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
It's filled with literally explosive excitement.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine