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Metascore

Based on 28 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
This is high-carb filmmaking at its finest. When it's all over, you'll have a knot in your stomach.
80
An excellent job of retaining key elements of the original plot but have created a whole new set of characters that gives the film an entirely contemporary feel.
75
Entertainment Weekly
Refreshingly, it's actually about action, albeit arbitrary action, and how it defines us and keeps us alive.
75
Effective action, solid suspense, excellent Ribisi, plus enough clichés to equal the grains of Gobi sand that fill the screen.
50
Dallas Observer
This half-hearted, half-witted remake of Robert Aldrich's compelling 1965 tale of survival, ingenuity, and teamwork generates no heat.
50
While it certainly looks swell thanks to director John Moore's striking visuals, the wings of this rebuilt "Phoenix" have been clipped by generic scripting and a short supply of dramatic tension.
50
Variety
Shows both how far Hollywood's tech departments have advanced in 40 years and how shallow the pool of solid action thesps has become.
38
ReelViews
This remake replaces suspense with boredom and witty dialogue with lame lines any self-respecting actor should be embarrassed to utter.
38
Chicago Tribune
This clunky remake can't rise from the ashes, nor would you want it to.
25
It's a botched job...the new "Phoenix" lacks the very things that made the old one special.

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