Rambo 2008

Critics score:
37 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Stallone is smart enough -- or maybe dumb enough, though I tend to think not -- to present the mythic dimensions of the character without apology or irony. Welcome back. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: If bringing back Rocky and Rambo opens him up to more ridicule from the likes of me, ita(TM)s also the kind of challenge at which he excels. Idiotic as Rocky Balboa was, the punches landed, and Rambo works on its own debased terms, too. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: The orgy of violence, as ghastly as in any video game, should go a long way toward erasing whatever goodwill Stallone earned with his sentimental Rocky Balboa. Read more

Mark Rahner, Seattle Times: A grim, hyperviolent send-off that could give you post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more

Nathan Rabin, AV Club: Stiffly written, woodenly acted, and indifferently directed. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: It's confusing. Rambo makes you root for the wrong things. Read more

Mark Feeney, Boston Globe: None of this is beyond what you'd expect -- or fear -- from a Rambo movie. What is inexcusable is the moral self-congratulation the movie trades on, attaching itself to the plight of the Burmese people. Read more

Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times: Rambo hits his stride in the film's second half, meting out justice in an unjust world and ultimately the movie works best when warbling its out-of-tune greatest hits. Read more

David Germain, Associated Press: The movie might satisfy bloodthirsty action fans, but for most people, this is one Stallone do-over we could have done without. Read more

Adam Graham, Detroit News: It's an unfortunate ending for a once-great screen character who deserves to be known for more than the waste he laid to others. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: Read more

Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News: Stunningly, unrelentingly violent. Read more

Jim Ridley, L.A. Weekly: As vehement in its stereotyping as World War II propaganda. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: The battle sequences are so muddled in execution that we can't tell who's killing whom. Which may have been the point, but knowing Stallone -- and Rambo -- one doubts that very much. Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: The enemies so comically monstrous and their deaths so gory, that you may just throw your head back and roar with laughter. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: This time, it's impersonal. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: A brutish, brutal and simplistic orgy of violence. Read more

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer: It's not a movie. It's an adrenaline pump and purveyor of raw carnage. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: It's a middling movie both in terms of the franchise and in terms of action movies in general. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com: The movie is neither cathartic nor entertaining. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: This violence contains a movie, but only intermittently. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: Rambo combines an unapologetic return to the grand action-movie tradition of blowing **** up with a Saw-era interest in close-ups of human viscera. The problem is that the moral meaning of the gore keeps changing. Read more

Mike Thomas, Chicago Sun-Times: Well-shot and well-edited violence porn. Read more

Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail: Never, not even in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, has Hollywood depicted Asians with more prejudice. To what end? Read more

Philip Marchand, Toronto Star: "So they send in the devil to do God's work," says a hulking Australian mercenary, part of the rescue attempt. "It's ironic, isn't it?" Highly ironic. The implications of that irony are not explored in the movie. Read more

David Jenkins, Time Out: 90 minutes of violence. No more, no less. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: The mouthiest mercenary, a surly Brit, is given the best line to snarl at our hero: "You can drop that thousand-yard stare. I've seen it all before, and I'm not impressed." We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Read more

Brian Lowry, Variety: 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. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: As the current obsession with Reagan suggests, it's back to fantasyland! Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: No longer is Rambo killing for a cause, but for kicks. And his portentous blather, even by Rambo standards, becomes unintentionally hilarious. Read more