(2008)

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63
In the Rambo canon, where does this one fit? The tone is closer to "First Blood" but the body count is more "Rambo III." No matter how one dices and slices this new Rambo, the first one in 20 years, it will likely please fans of the long-in-the-tooth series.
63
The result is the farthest thing from a bland, spineless sequel: It's a brutal, insanely excessive successor to grindhouse pictures of yore.
60
Stallone (who looks fit but mostly keeps his shirt on) has no intention of bogging the action down, but it's still a notably cheerless exercise, without knowing winks or stabs (pardon the expression) at humor. It is in all respects, rather, a completely workmanlike effort.
60
The movie does have its own kind of blockheaded poetry.
60
Rambo combines an unapologetic return to the grand action-movie tradition of blowing shit up (one explosion is so big, it leaves behind its own miniature mushroom cloud) with a "Saw"-era interest in close-ups of human viscera.
50
Premiere
Rambo is surprisingly effective as an action movie precisely because the villains seem truly dangerous and the "mission" truly a death wish.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
In short, No. 4 is one big snore.
40
Salon.com
The movie is neither cathartic nor entertaining. The action scenes (and there are many of them) feel mechanized and calculated.
25
There is a blessed dearth of dialogue, but much of it is unintentionally hilarious.
25
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Can anyone still be rooting for Rocky or Rambo?

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