(2013)

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63
Luckily, Statham is up to the task. Which is a surprise, because he's never, ever done anything like this before.
63
Sylvester Stallone can write entertaining formula action scripts like a demon, but he often hands them over to hack directors who don't know how to extract the pulp and the juice from them. On that score, Homefront is better than average.
63
A few months from now, no one will remember it, but Homefront isn't made for the long-haul. It's assembled simply for the 100 minutes when the viewer is in theater and, on a certain level, that's sufficient.
50
Despite being named “Gator Bodine,” Franco seems like something Statham would scrape off his boots. Put it this way: Franco needs a baseball bat to be intimidating; Statham just needs to be Statham.
50
This is a well-made thriller traveling over awfully familiar turf.
50
Homefront has craft and humor behind it, but not much in the way of inspiration. Think of a dessert with lots of calories and no nutrition.
45
Only completists need check in with Homefront. The rest of us can just stay home.
38
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.
38
Line to line, Stallone has a particularly numbing penchant for the f-word. But the key f-word in Homefront is "familiar."
38
Homefront is done in by uninspired action scenes in which Statham's athletic prowess is rendered unwatchable by hyper-editing, a shameful reliance on child-in-peril cliches to move the story forward, and so many loose ends that you wonder if 20 minutes were accidentally cut out from the movie.
38
Homefront is what "Breaking Bad" may have resembled had Sylvester Stallone written the TV show.
30
What sounds like a veritable B-movie wet dream - with that master of the subzero scowl, Jason Statham, starring in a screenplay written by Sylvester Stallone - turns out to be considerably less than the sum of its parts.
30
Homefront is sufficiently silly and low-down to be entertaining on a certain marginal level, but it wouldn't appear that those involved, with the possible exception of Franco, approached this with the idea that they might be making good trash; it looks too elaborate and costly for that and the script exhibits no self-aware humor.
25
It could have been crazy-good trash.
20
A disappointing mess of a genre flick.

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